Today's News

  • Lightning strike possible cause of fire

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — A fire on Glade Creek Road, off of Joy Ranch Road in Carroll County, completely destroyed a shed behind a rental house at around 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Musser.

    Shannon Smith, who lives in the adjacent house as a renter, said, “I was inside lying on the couch. All of a sudden, I heard thunder — it sounded like a bomb went off. About 10 minutes later, I came outside and saw this.”

  • Carroll County continues hot start, tops Bassett

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County continues to show improvement. More importantly, the Cavaliers are continuing to win.

    Still fitting the pieces together after the program took a big hit from graduation this past spring, Carroll County won its fourth straight match to open the season, shutting down Bassett in three sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 in a nondistrict region 4A North match Thursday.

  • Grayson rolls over Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE – Grayson County scored 34 unanswered points Friday night to beat the Carroll County Cavaliers 34-7 in a nondistrict game played at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Blue Devils (2-0)actually trailed in the game after Carroll (1-1) scored on its opening drive.

    James Dalton fielded the Grayson opening kickoff and returned it to the Blue Devil 43.

  • Last-minute letdown

    RADFORD –– Thirty-two and three-tenths seconds is barely enough time to microwave a hotdog, view a lame auto insurance commercial or brush half your teeth. A little more than half a minute stands between Galax being winless and being a very impressive 2-0.

    And one whale of a good football team is going to finish the season as only the third-best club in the Three Rivers District.

  • Readers Hotline 9/7/15

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    I would really like to say thank you to all the — can you say white people? If there has ever been a case of a racist person doing an attack, it is when the African-American man killed the two people from WDBJ television. But, you don’t see any white people out burning down the town of Roanoke or rioting or trying to kill people. It makes Virginia look good, but goes to show you there is some common sense.

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  • Two killed in separate wrecks on 94

    Staff Reports

    Two drivers lost their lives on Sept. 3 at the opposite ends of the same highway, in two unrelated crashes on Virginia 94.

    A Fries man was killed on his way to work last Thursday morning in a single-vehicle accident on Virginia 94 (Ivanhoe Road).

    According to a Virginia State Police report, the accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. on 94, approximately a mile south of Virginia 601 (Rakestown Road).

  • CenturyLink to expand rural internet

    CenturyLink will bring high-speed internet services to more than 49,000 rural households and businesses in Virginia by accepting a contract with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

    The company will receive approximately $500 million a year for six years from the Connect America Fund (CAF), to bring internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 1.2 million locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks, according to a news release.

  • Long-delayed train depot project gains momentum

    FRIES — Like an old steam engine shaking off the rust and chugging along the tracks again, there appears to be some movement in the Town of Fries’ long-delayed project to rebuild a train depot as a historic site.

    A decision on placing another historic artifact — the bell from the town’s old cotton mill — will have to wait.

    Fries Town Council discussed plans for the rebuilt train depot and the location of a display for the bell at its Sept. 1 meeting.

  • A salute to those who do thankless jobs

    Today is Labor Day, when we recognize the “blue collar” workers who keep the wheels of society turning, often for less pay than they deserve and under less than ideal circumstances.

    It’s a time to honor those taken for granted and often ignored, so we asked our readers who does the hardest jobs for the least appreciation.

  • Hope House now has permanent home

    Galax Hope House overcame a very big hurdle within the last week: after about a year of negotiations, Galax Hope House Ministries Inc. has bought the Center Street building it is located in from the Church of the Good Shepherd.

    Hope House is the only overnight regional homeless shelter; faith-based, it relies solely on community funding and support.