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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 9/24/14

    Unclear rules
    My buddies and us like to sit in our trucks at Walmart and talk. I don’t understand why some weekends the police never say anything to us about sitting on the lot. They let us stay as long as we want and then on some weekends we barely get out of our trucks and the cops pull up and tell us we have to leave. Why do some cops let us hang out with our friends and they will even ride by and wave to us, and some cops run us off?

  • CCHS one of state's top schools

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County High School has received recognition by Virginia Living magazine as one of the top schools in the state.

    CCHS will be featured in the publication’s October edition, Director of School Improvement Beverly Adams-Parker said at the Carroll County School Board’s Sept. 9 meeting.

  • Hillsville hires Hines as treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — LeAnna Hines of Grayson County was chosen as Hillsville’s new treasurer during town council’s meeting on Monday.

    Hines was selected after a special meeting was called by Hillsville Town Council on Sept. 18, where she and two other applicants were interviewed for the position.

    After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation in closed session on Monday, council returned to open session with their decision.

  • Remediation, enrichment classes kick off in Galax

    Galax City Schools will offer remediation and enrichment for students next week, and again in February. Funded by a Virginia Department of Education planning grant, the programs are in their first year and school administration has high hopes for them.

    “I don’t know of anywhere else that’s doing anything like this,” said Assistant Schools Superintendent Rebecca Cardwell.

  • Sheetz won't open until 2016 in Galax

    Sheetz will apparently not begin construction on its Galax store until October 2015, to be completed around February 2016, according to Sheetz Engineering and Permit Manager Samuel A. Smith.

    Sheetz had initially given the city plans in August stating construction would likely begin in May 2015, according to Galax City Environmental Program Manager Philip Hash.

    “That was likely just a guess based on where they were with planning at the time,” said Hash. “I don’t know what other projects they have in the works.”

  • Police warn of 'distraction burglars'

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three recent distraction thefts, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    The sheriff is requesting citizens to be on the lookout for two white males and one white female in a light blue or silver four-door sedan with a Georgia license plate.

  • Hillsville police phone system goes down

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council approved $2,600 for a new phone system for the Hillsville Police Department last week, after a malfunction rendered the former system unusable.

    According to Hillsville Interim Police Chief Wesley Yonce, the phone system at the department malfunctioned beyond repair, at some point between the hours of 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, and 7 a.m. on Sept. 16.

    This was determined after the department had their phone service provider, Comcast, and their technology provider, Tech 109, inspect the system.

  • Britt, Wooten win club championships

    Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C., held off two other golfers to win the 51st Annual Blue Ridge Country Club Invitational recently.

    Britt fired a 5-under par 65 on Saturday and 67 on Sunday for a 132 total. Second place went to Brock Cox of Galax with rounds of 68-65–133 and third place to Brad Chambers of Galax, with rounds of 66-68–134.

    Other golfers winning the different flights included:

  • Vaughan, DiGiacomo battle on links

    The Mountain Empire District’s four golf-playing schools went head-to-head three times last week with Galax taking a pair of team wins and Grayson County picking up the third.

  • Marshall, Conley class of the field at Galax invite

    WOODLAWN –– Sometimes the best effort just isn’t quite enough

    Galax’s No. 2 through No. 7 runners all posted personal best times Wednesday and the Maroon Tide’s No. 1 took the individual title and missed a school record by one second, but Floyd County was able to edge Galax by five points for the boys’ team title in the Maroon Tide Invitational at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.