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Today's News

  • Twin County teams come up short in district games

     DUBLIN –– Pulaski County held Carroll County to 19 points through the first three periods and coasted to a 71-34 River Ridge District boys’ win Tuesday.

    Bryant Grubb led all scorers with 18 points for Pulaski County (8-7 overall, 5-2 district), which led 57-19 entering the fourth quarter. Cam Merchant chipped in 13 points, Isaac Poe scored 12 and Marcus Burks provided 10 for the Cougars.

  • Galax holds down the Fort

    Galax got a little bit of scoring from a little portion of its roster, but the Maroon Tide made the most of what it did get Tuesday and claimed a 45-36 win from Fort Chiswell in a swiftly-completed Mountain Empire District game.

    Only five players scored for Galax, but all five contributed between eight and 10 points each as the Maroon Tide needed but an hour and 12 minutes to improve to 10-6 overall on the year stay unbeaten in district play after five games.

  • Happy homecoming for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County’s girls’ basketball team is 4-1 this year on its home floor. The Cavaliers are now 1-0 on a neutral court.

  • Volunteers will help with insurance enrollment

    HILLSVILLE — Volunteers with Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, will visit Carroll County this week to discuss enrollment options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015, and families who wait too long to sign up or choose to opt out of coverage will receive a tax penalty for the year.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitation increases

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is showing the first increase in visitation since 2011, and some local venues and parkway-adjacent merchants are seeing an uptick in businesses.

    The national park reported that it attracted more than 13.9 million visitors in 2014, an increase of about 1 million from 2013.

  • Bill advances to keep training center open

    RICHMOND — A bill seeking to keep two of Virginia’s training centers for the mentally handicapped open was referred to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, following a hearing in Richmond where the bill was received by the Health Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee.

  • City to go after late utility bills

    Galax City Council is looking at new measures to collect overdue utility bills.

    At Monday’s council meeting, Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore requested that council approve measures to collect or dismiss overdue utility bills. Gallimore-Taylor recommended bills more than three years old be written off.

    Currently, the city has about $67,000 in arrears from what she estimated to be about 500 customers.

  • Poll: citizens question leaders' honesty

    Many registered voters in Virginia question the honesty of their elected leaders and want stricter controls on gifts to them, according to a poll this week.

    In the January survey conducted by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, voters also favored term limits for state legislators and an independent panel to draw lines for legislative districts.

  • Fuel spill contained at Hess station

    A mechanical failure in an automobile was responsible for a hazardous material spill at a Galax gas station on Wednesday morning, according to Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Readers Hotline 1/28/15

    Bad idea
    Dear Supervisor Rosenbaum: I will vote for anybody other than you because of this coyote issue. My hard-earned money is going toward the killing of coyotes and paying hunters out of my tax money and whoever instituted the $500 contest should be run out of town.

    Goofy Romney