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Today's News

  • Woodlawn School pitched as FFA/Ag center

    HILLSVILLE – A proposal for the future use of Woodlawn School was presented to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at a recent meeting.

    John Carpenter, an FFA teacher at the Carroll County Intermediate School, presented a proposal to turn the school into the Smith Hughes FFA/Agriculture Center.

    Carpenter explained that the first vocational education program, located at Woodlawn, was funded by the Smith Hughes Agriculture Education Act in 1917. This led to the Future Farmers of Virginia and then to Future Farmers of America in 1928.

  • Robbins' photos capture musical moments

    Professional photographer Mark Robbins isn’t a Southwest Virginia native, but that doesn’t stop him from making the trip to the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention every year.

    Originally from Norfolk, Robbins lives in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, and comes to the Twin Counties in what he refers to as a “stag weekend with my guy friends.”

  • Fewer contestants at fiddlers' convention this year

    Staff Reports

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is down by 90 contestants from 2014, a smaller drop than last year, when 141 fewer signed up for the event.

    Last year’s decrease was one of the largest drops in the past four years. This year’s total is 1,585.

    Registration numbers have been declining slowly but steadily after topping out at 2,004 contestants for the event’s 75 anniversary in 2010. The number of contestants dropped to 1,909 in 2011, then decreased to 1,675 by 2014.

  • Allow cut teachers to reapply for jobs

    It’s no secret in today’s society that lack of employment continues to be a nagging source of stress for families, especially in small communities like ours. Job scarcity is especially difficult for families in this area, many of whom make the difficult choice to relocate away from their families and friends just for the opportunity to gain employment.

  • Audit finds more problems in clerk's office

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has discovered repeat findings of issues that could reportedly lead to lost revenues and assets, or compromise the clerk’s fiscal accountability.

    Last year, a two-year audit examining the months of Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2013, turned up more than a quarter of a million dollars in incorrectly classified, disbursed and miscoded funds.

  • Suspects charged with officer assault, escape attempt

    Staff Reports

    Galax police handled three recent cases involving the assault of an officer, an attempted escape from custody, illegal drugs and burglaries.

    On July 24, Arley Jason Simpkins, 29, of Galax, was arrested by Capt. James Cox on several charges, according to a police department report.

  • Stuffed with love: sewing group helps kids

    Mandy Archer and Grace Kirk are upstairs at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, merrily sorting through a scrap box, trying to place out squares, strips and odd-shaped pieces of cloth left over from previous projects for further use.

    “It’s my first night!” says Archer, picking through a handful of cloth. “I’m following Ms. Grace here, she’s my teacher.”

    Kirk explains, holding up an irregular but good-sized scrap, “The little bitty ones are trash, but [Penney Klaproth] told us not to throw the other ones away.”

  • Fiddlers flocking to Galax for weeklong festival

    Staff Reports

    Galax’s population will soar in the coming week, as thousands of fiddlin’ fans descend on the city. Felts Park will open its gates at 7 a.m. Sunday for the 80th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The competition opens Monday night and lasts through Aug. 8.

    Most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers will show up Sunday to set up camp.

  • Festival toasts area's best wine, craft beer

    Staff Reports

    The third annual Galax Rhythm, Brews & Vine Festival will be held on W. Grayson Street in downtown Galax on Saturday from 2-8 p.m.

    The festival will feature two bands, two vineyards and 18 breweries, and is sponsored by

    Blue Ridge Tire & Automotive, Creek Bottom Brewing, Galax Downtown Association, Macado’s and Chances Creek RV Center.

  • Elk Creek man charged in crash that injured troopers

    Staff Reports

    An Elk Creek man was charged in connection with a crash that injured two Virginia state troopers Tuesday on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County.

    At approximately 5:30 a.m., a tractor-trailer traveling north on I-81 became disabled and had to stop along the left shoulder and travel lane at mile marker 96.