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Today's News

  • Branch to update community on U.S. 58 project

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways, the contractor for the U.S. 58 widening project, will hold an information session for the Laurel Fork community on March 4.

    Pete Copes, Branch’s Construction Manager on the project, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Fork Community Center, according to Frances Tobler of the Senior Citizens Group of Laurel Fork, sponsor of the meeting.

  • Gov. signs bill freezing utility rates and reviews

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Feb. 24 that halts the state’s ability to review and adjust base electricity rates for utilities in Virginia while keeping rates frozen.

    The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, ends the State Corporation Commission’s ability during the five-year period to determine whether energy giants such as Appalachian Power and Dominion Power earned more than a fair profit and to order refunds to consumers.

  • Sex offender bill passes legislature

    Del. Jeff Campbell announced a week of progress in the General Assembly, including passage of a bill requiring sex offenders to provide public notice if planning to come on school property.

    Campbell’s 6th District includes part of Carroll County.

  • Commission nomination controversial

    You have to wonder what Pine Creek District Supervisor Bob Martin was thinking when he nominated Billy Mitchell to serve on the Planning Commission last month.

    Mitchell, a former county administrator, was convicted 17 years ago for embezzling more than $400,000 from the Carroll and served time in federal prison.

    Martin has gone on record with his belief that Mitchell has been paying his dues and deserves a second chance.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: February 22-28

     2010

    Jose Rojas and Darian Sizemore won individual state championships and Edu Rojas placed second as Galax finished second in the team standings at the Group A state wrestling tournament.

  • Maroon Tide’s win streak, season come to end

    HILLSVILLE –– After being able to squeeze in a conference quarterfinal game Monday between salvos from Mother Nature, the hopes in Galax were that the Maroon Tide girls would have a little more polish to their game than Fort Chiswell, which hadn’t played a game in nearly two weeks.

    The Pioneers may wish to consider scheduling a 13-day break in the regular season now and then if Wednesday was of any indication.

  • Galax clamps down on Fort

    HILLSVILLE –– For a team so adept at knocking down the 3-pointer, Galax is remarkably competent at not needing to live or die by it.

    The Maroon Tide repeatedly caught a chasing Fort Chiswell defense out of position and scored at will in the paint Wednesday, putting that together with an overwhelming defensive effort, all leading to a dominant 53-25 win over the Pioneers in the semifinals of the oft-delayed Conference 46 tournament at Carroll County High School.

  • APCO customers to see 4 percent drop in average bills

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power Company (APCO) announced Thursday that residential customers in Virginia will see a decrease of about 4 percent in their total electric bills beginning this month. The decrease is the result of the reduction or expiration of three Rate Adjustment Clauses (RACs).

  • State police field 801 calls during snowstorm

    RICHMOND - Since midnight Tuesday, Virginia State Police troopers and dispatchers statewide have fielded 801 calls for service statewide.

    During the period statewide, Virginia troopers responded to 238 traffic crashes and 191 disabled vehicles. The majority of the crashes involved damaged vehicles only. There have no reported traffic fatalities.

    Between midnight and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the VSP Division IV office in Wytheville — which covers Galax, Carroll and Grayson — answered 78 total calls for service, including 15 crashes and 33 disabled vehicles.

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