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Today's News

  • New Grayson school gets name, colors, mascot

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Highlands School will be the name of the new facility being built in the Volney area of the county, with silver and burgundy as the school colors and the eagle as its mascot.

    After sending sheets home with every student and faculty member at Bridle Creek Elementary and Mount Rogers Combined School, Grayson Schools’ Director of Personnel Chad Newman took the top three choices for the name, school colors and mascot

  • Fuel, other costs rising for Galax schools

    With a slumping economy and high fuel costs, Galax Schools' Superintendent Sam Cook is concerned about receiving enough state sales tax revenue to help fund the proposed $13.73 million budget that has been approved by Galax City Council.

    The revised 2007-08 school budget included $1.01 million in sales tax revenue. This year, the school system hopes to receive $1.03 million, an $18,000 increase.

    The city and school board also estimate the following revenue:

    • $8.51 million from state funds including sales tax, a $1,038,848 increase

  • Local judge in trouble again

    M. Keith Blankenship, 43, of Wytheville, is in trouble with the law for the second time in the past two months.

    Blankenship is a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge for the 27th Judicial District, which includes Grayson, Bland, Carroll, Floyd and Wythe counties.

    Blankenship was arrested at his home on May 3 and charged with one count of misdemeanor hit-and-run following the alleged incident that occurred April 27 in Powhatan County, near Richmond.

  • Days after her rescue, woman saves another's life

    WOODLAWN — The rescued became the rescuer May 5 when Donnie Rosenbaum had a heart attack outside of a Woodlawn home.

    It was that home’s resident that Rosenbaum credits with keeping his heart beating until emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene.

    The Galax man had been to the home of Starr Heavner to look at an entertainment center for sale, but suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing after he got in a vehicle to leave.

  • Honoring a hometown hero

    This Memorial Day, the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in downtown Galax will honor a native of the city and a true hero.

    The chapter will dedicate a special memorial to Sgt. Major Charles Morris, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest honor for military bravery — in November 1967 for his effort to save his fellow soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.

  • Another 'no cigar' day for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– The season is getting short, but if there is any justice in the world, Carroll County and pitcher Drew Webb will have a day similar to their last two district outings and actually be able to feel good about it when it’s over.

    A week after holding Richlands to four hits in a 5-4 loss, Webb limited Abingdon to three hits, but once again a minimal amount of offense was enough to hand Carroll County a close loss, this time a 2-0 decision in a Southwest District game Tuesday at Bill Worrell Field.

  • Tide outlugs Wave; Devils lose another late lead to Richlands

    NARROWS –– Galax finished its regular season with a bang Tuesday, outscoring Narrows 18-14 in a Mountain Empire District slugfest.

    The Green Wave (7-10 overall, 1-6 district) took an 11-6 lead with an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the third, but Galax rallied into a 14-11 lead by scoring seven in the top of the fifth on base hits by Zach Robinson, Jacob Woodel, Thomas Shaffer, Brock Cox, Todd Nichols, Morgan Holder plus a two-run Tyler Houk double.

  • Carroll receives forfeited drug money

    HILLSVILLE — While turning over forfeited money from the sale of illegal drugs to Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning, an assistant U.S. Attorney expressed satisfaction that something good could arise from something so bad.

  • Budget amendment could fund Hillsville road

    RICHMOND — Improvements to a proposed connector road to the Hillsville bypass got a foot in the door of the state budget recently.

    As their last official act before terms expired in December, four members of the Carroll Board of Supervisors asked the General Assembly to provide funding to connect U.S. 221 and Virginia 100 via Virginia 669.

    They want it to be built at the same time as construction to widen U.S. 58 to four lanes on the south side of Hillsville.

  • Council splits on parking request

    HILLSVILLE — As a rule, Hillsville Town Council members don’t split on a vote very often, but they did Monday over a request for two 10-minute parking spaces.

    The parking spaces on Court Street were requested by Council Member Greg Yonce, on behalf of the owners of Court Street Coffee Company.

    Yonce also brought up the request Jan. 14 in the form of a motion to approve the 10-minute spaces, but at the time no other council member wanted to take up a vote and the motion died without a second.