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Today's News

  • Supervisor says change leaves citizens unprotected

    HILLSVILLE — Proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance won’t provide necessary protections to Carroll County citizens’ life, health and safety, said a lone holdout county supervisor during a Feb. 10 meeting.
    Josh Hendrick, the Laurel Fork representative on the board of supervisors, voted against setting a public hearing on a new version of the subdivision ordinance due to what he saw as its flaws.

  • Bill pushes for training center options

    RICHMOND — Supporters of Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually and developmentally disabled take as a hopeful sign an amendment to Senate Bill 627.
    Though proposals that specifically sought to keep four training centers from closing in the future failed, the Senate bill meant to protect residents from being transferred to facilities with inferior care may end up providing further protections for the centers.

  • Radford cruises past Galax

    BRISTOL –– It hasn’t mattered a great deal over the years whether Radford is in Group AA, Group A or Division 2. Now competing in Group 1A, the Bobcats are still A-1.

  • Colonels await Tide in 1A semis

    Galax and Altavista, holders of the last three Group A Division 1 state championships in boys’ basketball, will meet at 6 p.m. this evening (Friday) at the Salem Civic Center in the semifinals of the inaugural Group 1A state tournament. The good news for Galax is that the Maroon Tide holds two of those three most recent titles. The good news for Altavista is that most of the kids that won it last year are back for more.

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    Doing what he can

  • City passes law allowing golf carts on streets

    A draft ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets in downtown Galax has been approved and put into action by Galax City Council.
    The final decision was made to approve the ordinance after a public hearing on Feb. 24.
    The ordinance will allow the carts to travel on 70 different 25 mph roads within the city limits — including many downtown areas such as Main, Oldtown and Grayson streets — from April 1 through Oct. 31 each year.
    According to the ordinance, several other steps are required in order to legally operate a golf cart in the city:

  • Bills could have impact on lives of Virginians

     

    House bill targets mail-order drugs

  • Grayson finances go from 'almost broke' to stable

    INDEPENDENCE — After being declared “almost broke” in 2009, Grayson County’s financial health improved to stable condition in 2013, according to an auditor’s report presented during the board of supervisors’ February meeting.
    The most telling example: County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said that in 2010, Grayson only had enough money to last one day in its operating reserves. In 2013, reserves could have lasted the county up to two months.

  • Fuller Center puts faith in action

    HILLSVILLE — Two sizable donations and the faith of Fuller Center for Housing members has built the foundation for the Carroll County’s organization’s second home project, says Oliver McBride.
    A little more than a year after officials with the Fuller Center for Housing - Greater Carroll County Area turned over the keys for the first home to Krystal Rosier, the non-profit has a blueprint to find a second deserving family and raise a second house, McBride said last week.

  • Which books can be excluded from library?

    The Galax High School’s library book committee has made progress in recent months, developing a system and testing it out on books that are typically geared towards the teen population to weed out what some consider objectionable volumes.
    Now that an idea is taking shape, the committee is working to fine-tune the screening system, called a matrix, and ready it for use.
    The GHS library is shared by middle and high school students.