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Today's News

  • Rookies slam door for Carroll

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County returns a wealth of experience on its girls’ basketball team, and those veterans were the main reason the Cavaliers took a comfortable lead over Galax into the fourth quarter Friday night.

    The only two current players who were not part of last year’s bunch made sure that lead only grew.

  • Tide pulls away from Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– For three quarters, Carroll County wouldn’t let Galax put the game away. So Clif Conley and Caleb Bartlett kept putting away shots.

    The Maroon Tide backcourt duo combined for nine 3-pointers and 40 points Friday night as Galax finally pulled away to a relatively comfortable 59-45 nondistrict win over the Cavaliers.

  • Readers Hotline 12/15/14

    New sidewalks
    We are so excited about the work being done at the high school, on the sidewalks, and at the elementary school, Academy Drive, etc. These folks who have homes there and the students are getting an early Christmas present and it looks like they are doing a great job. Thanks, Santa Claus, for a great sidewalk.

    Stepping on toes

  • Hospital planning for 2015

    The Twin County Regional Healthcare’s CEO says 2014 was “a year of investment and a year of growth.”

    Jon Applebaum addressed the TCRH Community Advisory Group on Dec. 4 to review Twin County Regional Hospital’s past year and look at what is planned for 2015.

    The meeting took place after an open house for the new MRI scanner.

  • Galax delays selection of new school architect

    The Galax School Board has decided to delay taking action on proposals from two architectural and engineering firms regarding a new elementary school.

    The board discussed the proposals on Dec. 9, at a meeting in the current elementary school’s library.

    The two firms, Hughes & Associates and Thompson & Litton, submitted proposals to design the new elementary school on the Kipling Lane property that the school system recently bought.

  • Woodlawn man, calling himself meanest guy on earth, sentenced for assault

    Copyright 2014, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — It started with the phone calls.

    Walter Buddy Gooslin of Woodlawn dialed up the Virginia State Police Wytheville headquarters several times early one morning in March 2013, and, in a series of rambling conversations, threatened to tear down the barracks, take a sledgehammer to a church, fire all the officers and “whoop every person in your whole town.”

  • Oakland Winter Carnival 2014

    Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County held its Winter Festival last Thursday evening, with plenty of fun activities for students and their families.

    Guests were invited to have dinner with Santa Claus in the cafeteria, and enjoy a number of reindeer games and other activities throughout the school, including a fortune teller, cake walk, story time and kissing booth.

    The hallways were also lined with winter-themed craft booths, inviting both children and their parents to make a dent in their holiday decoration and gift shopping lists.

  • Teachers: don't cut salaries to fix budget

    INDEPENDENCE – As Grayson County administrators look to make up a $500,000 budget deficit, the division’s education association president suggests they avoid reducing teachers’ pay.

    Grayson County Education President Rebecca Absher spoke to the school board at its regular meeting this week after rumors began circulating that administrators were considering cuts that would affect teachers’ pay.

  • Galax artist carves out legacy

    Christina Pollins-Shackelford, Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ executive director, recalls the toil that went into the work of art she’s spent countless hours creating.

    She stands beside it, a huge sculpture of an older man and his two young daughters. Their shoulders and faces seems to rise up and out of the limestone block that she carved them from over nine painstaking months. The work took place outdoors in her back yard, “in single-digit temperatures and in the 90s,” as she puts it.

  • Brown hopes success is catching

    GALAX –– It has become commonplace the last few years for the Galax boys’ basketball team to get off to a late start. With the Maroon Tide football team reaching at least the second round of the playoffs each of the last five years, hoops season takes a back seat, at least early on.

    But winning, they say, can be contagious. And though Galax coach Verl Brown may not necessarily welcome the delays to hoops season brought on by successful fall sports teams, he has at least embraced the reason for it.