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Today's News

  • Two charged with drug offenses in Galax

     

  • Educators fear state funding shortfall

    RICHMOND — Don’t be fooled by gaudy figures of proposed state public school funding, say education officials.
    Whatever lawmakers do, whenever they do it, education advocates fear appropriations will fall short of past funding levels.
    From teacher pay, to support staff funding, to pension plan changes, educators in Virginia say recent policy changes have left them scrambling to adjust in an era when state-per-pupil spending hasn’t recovered to 2009 levels.

  • Mava Vass named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Mava S. Vass touched many lives as an educator and community volunteer over the years, all the while keeping humble about her achievements.
    At the March 10 meeting of Hillsville Town Council, it was time to shine the spotlight on Vass and publicly thank her.

  • Occupants, pets escape mobile home fire

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 113 Religion Road in Piper’s Gap on Friday, where a trailer had reportedly caught fire.

    The department received the call at 4:25 p.m. on March 14, and responding firefighters found smoke and flames showing at the scene. Crews were on scene for about an hour, commanded by Assistant Chief Mark Burnett, according to the fire report.

    Piper’s Gap Rescue stood by at the scene, and the Hillsville Fire Department sent an engine and manpower to stand by at the Galax station.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/17/14

    Editor’s note:
    We received a written response to a call that ran a few weeks back, titled “Name that tune.” It was from a caller who wanted to know who sang a song they heard on the radio. Here’s a response from the singer, Sandy David: “I was pleased to hear you enjoyed my latest single, ‘This One is Mine.’ You can hear it on Sundays on Dave Lammy’s program. God bless!”

    A right to speak

  • Not all land is created equal

    Carroll supervisors have a plan to help property owners turn their hard-to-reach or inaccessible land into cash.
    These ideas, called “Class C subdivisions” and “flag lots” that have entry through driveways known as “flag poles” are proposed modifications to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Class C subdivisions as proposed would be limited to five lots off a narrow, dead-end road.

  • HVAC at high school now operational

     

  • Animal advocates applaud fox penning ban

    RICHMOND — The General Assembly has voted to prohibit any new fox pens from opening up and phasing out the existing ones over the next 40 years.
    The practice of fox penning involves releasing an animal — usually foxes, but also coyotes — in a fenced-in space for dogs to chase. Laura Donahue, Virginia director for the Humane Society, said one of those fox pens is located in Carroll County.

  • Citizens split on subdivision changes

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials put off creating a new kind of subdivision for a month for further review, but proceeded with several other modifications to the subdivision ordinance after a public hearing at their March 10 meeting.
    Neither Carroll planning commission members nor the supervisors have come to a conclusion about allowing “flag lots” and “flag poles,” both designed to allow access and development of properties that do not front on a public road.

  • Galax plans for future school

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax City Public Schools has requested a conditional use permit from the city’s planning commission to allow for the potential construction of a new school in the future.
    The parcel of land in question is located adjacent to Kipling Lane, Moore Lane and John Street. It is under contract for purchase by the school system.