Today's News

  • AmeriCorps Volunteers help students with reading, math

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s Reading for Life AmeriCorps’ annual report highlighted the group’s accomplishments over the past year and needs for continuing the program.

    Reading for Life is a tutoring AmeriCorps program, sponsored by the school board. Volunteers tutor students in Pre-K through 12th grade in reading and math, and participate in a number of community and school projects.

  • Oracle Institute: many paths to wisdom

    INDEPENDENCE — “Venus, stop peeing in the sacred circle!”

    Laura George, founder of The Oracle Institute, pauses while giving a tour of the interfaith organization’s grounds to admonish her pet.

    She can’t keep a straight face and neither can the two institute volunteers – Donna Montgomery, the Mystery School Coordinator, and Katie Kennedy, the Interfaith Coordinator – accompanying her; all three are giggling.

  • Padgett was Carroll treasurer for 28 years

    Guy Padgett of Hillsville, who served Carroll County as treasurer for 28 years, died on Dec. 30 at Golden Living Blue Ridge.

    Padgett served in the U.S. Army and is remembered as an avid racing fan.

    A funeral will be held Jan. 3 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gardner Memorial Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Jan. 3 from 9:30-11 a.m.

  • Vaughan Furniture closing after 91 years in Galax

    Vaughan Furniture Co., current wholesaler and also former manufacturer of bedroom furniture, announced today that it will cease furniture operations and begin to close.

    The closing was announced in an internal document and was first covered by the trade website (and magazine) "Furniture Today."

  • Filmmaker focuses on Crooked Road in documentary

    WOODLAWN — The Fiddle and the Plow at Front Porch Gallery will host a showing of “Crooked,” an independent film about The Crooked Road today, Friday, at 7 p.m.

    “Crooked” is a Kickstarter-financed film project written and directed by David Ensign and his son, Martin Lederle Ensign.

  • Pumpkin Festival a growing attraction in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE ― The 2014 Pumpkin Festival event in Carroll County drew a crowd so large, event coordinators have requested an expanded venue and more attractions for next year’s event.

    Assistant Director of Tourism and Visitor Center Manager Amanda Bourne recently presented the head count and other data to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    “The crowd doubled in size in a year, which is excellent. We are very happy about that,” Bourne told the board.

  • State puts focus on human trafficking

    RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness in Virginia of human trafficking and resources available to victims.

    Billboards and signs are going up on major highways across the state, along with signage at every Virginia rest area, encouraging victims or those with information about possible human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline.

  • Carroll honored for growing jobs, pumpkins

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County recently received special recognition by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for encouraging entrepreneurship and job growth.

    Carroll was one of 13 counties selected nationwide for recognition in NACo’s special publication, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.”

    The two-page presentation applauded Carroll’s business retention strategies, the Crossroads Small Business Development Center and its pumpkin agricultural cluster.

  • Police report quiet holiday week, few wrecks

    No news is good news this week, as law enforcement agencies report little to no accidents or criminal activities during and after the holidays.

    A reader submitted photos of a traffic accident on Lambsburg Mountain off of Pipers Gap Road over the weekend, involving one car over the side of the mountain. According to First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police, Trooper Delp responded on Sunday evening, but hadn’t turned in the police report yet. “It was nothing significant. Nobody was injured,” Musser assured.

  • Virginia could have your unclaimed money

    The state of Virginia has $1.7 billion that belongs to you. Well, some of you, anyway.

    The General Assembly could use part of your money to help offset a budget shortfall in 2015, but you’d be able to get it back whenever you realized it had been missing.

    “That is a giant pile of money,” said Benjamin Jarvela, spokesman for the Virginia Department of the Treasury, which is custodian of financial property that winds up with the state when no one claims it.