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Today's News

  • Educators, sheriffs react to state budget

    The state budget passed by the Virginia General Assembly last month is getting mixed reviews from two groups that will receive pay raises, school systems and sheriffs’ departments.

    School superintendents and sheriffs in the Twin Counties said the increases aren’t enough to address bigger issues with pay for teachers and deputies.

    The state spending plan includes a 3 percent raise for all state employees; and the state’s share of a 2 percent raise for teachers, without any added costs for taxpayers.

  • Carroll school chief retiring

    HILLSVILLE – Dr. Strader Blankenship, Carroll County Public Schools superintendent, has announced his retirement effective July 1.

    The Carroll County School Board will begin an immediate search for his replacement.

    Blankenship announced his retirement during closed session of the March 14 meeting of the school board. His wife, Ruby, who serves as a special education assistant in the county, also is retiring.

  • Carroll opens 2-0 with wins over Floyd, Galax

    HILLSVILLE –– His team having seen live pitching only four times or so this spring, Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester entered Tuesday’s season opener with some concerns about his team being able to make contact against a live arm. For a while, his concerns turned to whether any of his kids’ line drives would find something other than a Floyd County glove.

  • Cavs, twilight topple Galax

    HILLSVILLE –– There has been talk for years of installing lights at Bill Worrell Field. Should a fundraising drive ever get underway for the project, the Galax baseball program may be one of its first contributors.

  • Readers Hotline 3/22/17

    Agreed
    I want to thank Tommy Morton for the letter he wrote in reply to the letters to the editor by John Duvall. My opinion exactly, only I could say a whole lot more. Thank you for publishing it.

    No shame

  • Turns 97

    Dan Carico celebrated his 97th birthday Feb. 19, 2017. He was born on Feb. 22. Attending were his children and spouses and his grandchildren.

    They are Lehman and Shelby Carico, Darius and Kathy Carico, Bill and Mary Carico and Stan and Virginia Cox.

  • Public record for 3/22/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 3/20/17

    Mind your own legs
    I’m calling about the “nix the leggings” comment. To whomever is calling in about the young girls wearing these leggings, that’s the style now days. This person must be really old-fashioned or real religious and doesn’t believe in anything. But I do know I like them myself and I think these young girls look good in them. They are beautiful. I think this lady is also jealous. You need to keep your nose out of this because it is none of your business.

    Squirming

  • Galax arrests include malicious shooting

    Staff Report

    A Woodlawn man faces 10 charges after an altercation that allegedly involved a firearm.

  • Cause of car fire unknown

    A vehicle fire in front of Waddell Nursing Home in Galax on March 11 apparently left no one harmed, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers. Firefighters were dispatched to 202 Painter Street at 5:16 p.m.

    They arrived to find a fully involved passenger car. Hoses were pulled from the engine and the blaze was extinguished in 10 minutes.

    The cause of the fire is unknown.