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Today's News

  • Galax school earn full accreditation

    Galax City Schools are fully accredited this year (2013-2014), according to the Virginia State Department of Education.

    In order to achieve accreditation, each school must achieve a passing rate of at least 75 percent in English Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and 70 percent in math, science, history and social science SOLs.

    High schools, additionally, must hit an 85 percent mark on the Graduation and Completion Index, meaning that 85 percent of the students must graduate, get a GED or achieve a certification of completion.

  • TCRH board gives $5M to foundation

    The Twin County Community Foundation received a $5 million endowment in August, the first transfer of funds from the proceeds of the joint venture transaction between Twin County Regional Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare that took place on April 1, 2012.

  • Man pleads pleads guilty to sexual battery of teen

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County emergency services worker pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a child age 15 or older, according to information from Carroll County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

    Jason Lee Burnette, 31, was charged in November 2013 with one count of carnal knowledge and three counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint from the family of a child age 13 to 15 years old.

  • Readers Hotline 9/1/14

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    I live on Main Street in Fries. I would like to know why every time Fries gets a fire or rescue call to Ivanhoe Road somewhere, they can’t cut up Hilltown Road to take a shortcut to Ivanhoe Road and save time instead of flying down Main Street with their lights and sirens wide open. Makes no sense to me. I used to be in rescue and I always thought every second saved was precious in saving someone’s life or home. I’m a taxpayer just like everyone else around here and I’d like to know.

  • Devils open with 3-0 win over Marion

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County opened its volleyball season by taking three toss-up games from Marion, sweeping the Scarlet Hurricane 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 in a nondistrict match Thursday night.

  • Alleghany takes back-and-forth win from Blue Devils

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County took the lead and lost it in the matter of about 30 seconds last Friday night to drop a hard-fought 26-23 opening football game to cross-border rival Alleghany, N.C., at Bill Strong Field.

  • Glenvar spoils Maroon Tide opener

    Games typically come down to a few key plays – or at least coaches always say that after a loss – and Friday night was no different.

    Both Galax (0-1) and Glenvar (1-0) did very little on offense, but two big plays were the difference in a 24-9 Highlander victory Friday on Galax’s home field.

    The Maroon Tide defense held its own for most of the night, but gave up scoring plays of 63 and 61 yards in the loss. Take away those two plays and the game could have been much different.

  • Cavaliers power past Buffaloes

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County controlled the line of scrimmage on offense. The Cavaliers did the same on defense. Other than the momentary evacuation of a five-yard circle of turf in the right flat early in the first quarter, the Cavaliers controlled the night. It just took a while for it to show up on the scoreboard.

  • Church, business launching soup kitchen

    HILLSVILLE — A local business is partnering with Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church (PHC) to bring a soup kitchen to the town beginning in September.

    Elnor Martin and April Cope of Watt’s the Idea, a new business on Main Street in Hillsville, met with Pastor Jeff Pickett of Hillsville PHC in recent weeks to discuss the need for a soup kitchen in the Hillsville area.

  • WEEK 1 PRIMER

    It’s the great conundrum we all face this time every year – we all want summer to last forever, but we can’t wait for football to start.

    We can’t have it both ways, and football is better when there’s a nip in the air anyway.

    So here we go.

    Summer is waning but football season is upon us as the three area high schools kick off their 2014 schedules, all with home games tonight at 7 p.m.