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Today's News

  • Fries welcomes new assistant town manager

    FRIES — February’s Fries Town Council meeting opened with the introduction of Brian Martin, who will serve as a part-time town manager along with Brian Reed.

    Martin is employed by the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, and serves as a circuit town manager for the Glade Spring and Troutdale communities, in addition to his new position in Fries.

    Martin’s day job, he says, is his position as a loan funds administrator.

  • Drivers urged to 'Zone In' near Galax schools

    Staff Report

    Galax students and parents dropping them off at school may not be aware that, just a few blocks from the campuses, Galax Safe Routes to School has yard signs posted in the Parkwood Street neighborhood urging drivers to “Slow Down! Keep our kids safe,” and the message behind it goes deep.

  • Hot when it matters

    HILLSVILLE –– There are more ways than one to skin a cat. Fortunately for Carroll County, there were more ways than one to slay a Wolverine.

    Having outshot opponent after opponent this year, the Cavaliers fell uncharacteristically cold from the floor but overcame it by sinking 32 free throws and using a late 12-2 run to survive Woodgrove 69-61 Monday in the Region 4A West girls’ quarterfinals.

  • By any means necessary

    SALEM –– In simplest terms, Will Lawrence is a brute and Joshua Spurlin is a technician when they step on a wrestling mat. Both of them are now two-time state champions.

    Hey, whatever works, right?

    Rest assured that Spurlin isn’t averse to being physical, and Lawrence is well-versed in the finer aspects of the sport. But each rode his own strengths to state titles Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Readers Hotline 2/20/17

    Extra credit
    I would like to comment on the “staying eligible” call, that  two students at an area high school had grades changed to Ds at the end of a semester. I want to report that these kids went after school. They had to stay at remediation to make up their grades. It was not given to them and I don’t think they need to be talking about the school to begin with because they don’t know what they are talking about. These kids had to work for their grades. They had to make their grades up.

  • Cavaliers thump Colonels

    HILLSVILLE –– In the Conference 24 championship game Thursday, Carroll County point guard Mattie Kennedy scored a career-high 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, distributed seven assists, hit a pair of huge third-quarter 3-pointers and forced William Fleming to put her on the foul line 17 times in the second half.

    “Can you ask for anything more from a kid?” asked Cavalier coach Marc Motley.

  • Police: man threatened to kill girlfriend

    Staff Reports

    An argument on Feb. 12 escalated into violence and death threats, according a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said deputies responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a complaint on Epworth Road, where witnesses said a Dodge flatbed truck was trying to ram another vehicle.

  • Local banks to become Skyline

    INDEPENDENCE — Since the announcement came in November 2015 that Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd would combine their 200-plus years of banking experience, the two entities have put many hours of time and effort into a smooth transition, as well as appropriate new branding that reflects their shared core values.

    This week, the two banks announced that their new, combined name will be Skyline National Bank: a nod to the local communities they will continue to serve.

  • GOING VIRAL: flu empties local classrooms

    The dreaded flu virus has declared open season in the Twin Counties, and some school systems in the area are feeling the effects with more absences than normal.

    In the past week, Carroll County Public Schools saw a large number of student absences, climbing into the hundreds for a few schools inside the division.

    “We noticed an increase in absences on [Feb. 9-10], but not nearly as bad as the last two days,” Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told The Gazette on Tuesday.

  • Galax looks ahead to budget challenges

    Galax schools will face a budget challenge this year.

    At the Jan. 10 Galax City School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that there is “close to a $300,000 hurdle” to get over already in the budget, due to the rising cost of Virginia Retirement System contributions and Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s financial supplement (with a local funding match) being taken away.