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Today's News

  • Former coach convicted of corporal punishment

    WYTHEVILLE — Howard S. Ingo, a former football coach, teacher and administrator with Carroll County schools, was convicted of a “corporal punishment” violation, a Class 4 misdemeanor, and ordered to pay a fine of $100.

    Ingo appeared in the Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on May 27 for a trial.

    According to news reports, Ingo allegedly made a football player wear chains across his chest and carry 50-pound weights while walking on the football field.

  • Fries revisits master plan

    FRIES — Plans for a new Christian school in Fries have been put on hold, as the town re-examines its partnership with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

  • Conflicting opinions about who should vote on school

    Deciding whether to rezone a piece of residential property for a new school in Galax was difficult already, and it is being further complicated by a question about perceived conflicts of interest.
    Four of the seven members of the Galax Planning Commission have ties to the city’s school system: one is a school board member, one is an administrator, one is a teacher and one is married to a teacher. The commission is considering the school board’s request to rezone land for a new elementary/middle school.

  • Hanks, Davis continue on, team ousted

    Galax was eliminated from the team competition but will continue on with its singles and doubles play as the Region 1A West girls’ tennis tournament got under way Friday at Felts Park.

    Radford scored a 5-2 win over the Maroon Tide in the team competition, but Galax’s Paige Hanks and Susan Davis are still alive in their respective disciplines. Playing their third match of the day, Hanks and Davis won their doubles quarterfinal match with a straight-set win over Auburn’s Montana Hill and Jenny Sjostrand.

  • Bengals send Carroll County packing

    BASSETT –– The road to the state tournament just got a lot longer for Carroll County.

    Bassett used a pair of doubles in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and walk off with a 3-2 win in the Conference 24 softball championship game Friday at Bassett High School.

    The Cavaliers (14-9) now face a 230-mile slog to Mineral to face Conference 23 champion Louisa County in the first round of the Region 4A North tournament. Bassett (15-8) will host Conference 23 runner-up Fluvanna in its quarterfinal game.

  • Grayson, Hill bounce back

    INDEPENDENCE –– Whether it’s a bicycle or a horse, it’s always best for one to get back on as soon as possible after having been thrown off.

    A pitching mound is no different.

  • Galax delays new school decision

    Galax City Council has voted unanimously to hold over the request for a decision on the school board’s conditional use permit for a new school until September.
    In the meantime, council plans to meet with the school board and and continue discussions.
    The motion at council’s May 27 meeting also included an agreement consider other sites for a new elementary and middle school building.
    A related issue addressed at the council meeting was the alleged conflict of interest regarding members of the Galax Planning Commission.

  • Crowder named Hillsville Citizen of the Month

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council member David Young named Nelson Rufus Crowder as May’s Citizen of the Month at council’s May 12 meeting.

  • Beekeepers' warning: don't hinder swarming

    Since May and June are typical swarm months for honeybees, several Twin County residents are finding bee hives on their property.
    Bees can be perceived as a threat because of their sharp stingers, but local beekeepers and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are stressing how important these bees are to the ecosystem.

  • Mohawk defended against EPA claims

    HILLSVILLE — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wants to clear the air about companies like Mohawk Industries in Hillsville that have worked to reduce pollution.