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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Recycling has saved Grayson $100,000

    INDEPENDENCE ― Recycling efforts over the past several years have added up in savings for Grayson County, with a positive impact to the county budget, as well as the environment.

    Steve Delp addressed the effects with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its March 9 meeting, before highlighting a series of events that are scheduled to assist the in safe disposal efforts.

  • Kindergartener making ribbons to help deputy's family

    When Bentley Anderson, 6, learned that his school’s former resource officer had died in the line of duty, the Gladeville Elementary kindergartener’s first thought was to help Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s family.

    “When he came to school, he always had a smile,” Anderson said of Bartlett on Wednesday. “He made sure all the kids were safe. He’d take his dog and walk it all around the school.”

  • End of Watch: Community says goodbye to deputy

    The one word echoed over and over again Wednesday at Curtis Bartlett’s funeral at First Baptist Church of Galax was “inspired.”

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was also a U.S. Army veteran and an elite athlete who served as a brand ambassador for RSP Nutrition, was clearly far more than the sum of his titles.

    The funeral was closed to media, but livestreamed over the church’s Facebook page, where videos of the event are still available.

  • Improvements continue at Fries Community Center

    FRIES ― In fall 2014, when Fries Community Center Board Chairman Denny Brooms was told that the Fries Recreation Center board would be disbanding and a new board would be formed, he volunteered to serve on the board with 15 other people.

    The board held its first meeting on Jan. 12, 2015. A dozen volunteers attended, and following introductions, Brooms was asked to serve as chairman.

  • Annual 'Bid for a Cure' auction set for March 18

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It’s almost as sure as the change of seasons: spring means the jonquils bloom, the little birds sing and the “Bid for a Cure” auction offers items, services and opportunities for happy bidders.

  • Edwards in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Report

    A Carroll County man is in custody after a chase that involved several law enforcement agencies last week and caused a lockdown at a local elementary school. The man faces several charges from Carroll County and is expected to face more from Wythe County.

    According to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on March 7 at 3 p.m., his office was notified by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office that they were in pursuit of a maroon Ford pickup on Casselton Road, just off Route 100.