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Today's News

  • Galax finds 'year-round' school compromise

    Last year, Galax City Schools received a grant to fund research of a year-round school calendar, but after months of exploring the different possibilities, the research group has put together a draft proposal that, while is still considered a year-round concept, will still include a summer break similar to a traditional school calendar.

  • Galax schools honor crossing guards

    Three crossing guards were honored last Thursday for keeping school children safe while they board buses or find their parents in carpool lanes every afternoon.
    Feb. 12 was recognized as National Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, but the celebration was postponed due to inclement weather.

  • Comprehensive plan hearing set for Monday

    HILLSVILLE — One of the last duties for Travis Jackson as Hillsville town manager before he takes over as the lead of the Wythe-Bland Foundation involves shepherding the required update of the comprehensive plan through a public hearing and final approval.
    The public hearing will occur at the Hillsville Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. today, Monday.
    The goal of a comprehensive plan involves guiding future development strategies for localities. Virginia requires updates to jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans every four years.

  • Home, pets lost to fire

    ENNICE, N.C. — The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Ennice, N.C., on Friday morning, as an apparent result of an electrical malfunction.

  • Tennessee man charged with invading Ivanhoe home

    UPDATED 2/25/14:

    HILLSVILLE — Charges have been placed against a father and son from Tennessee after an armed home invasion in the Ivanhoe section of Carroll early Saturday morning, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at about 12:04 a.m. Saturday, saying that the armed men had broken into a residence in the 8000 block of Ivanhoe Road and threatened to kill a mother and two children, according to a news release from the sheriff.

  • Jackson bids fond farewell to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  —  Travis Jackson in his 32-year term with Rural Development helped make capital investments in many communities.
    But, during his first post-retirement job as Hillsville town manager, he made a sizable emotional investment in the Carroll County seat, as well.

  • Zoning repeal put on hold

    INDEPENDENCE — The repeal of Grayson County’s zoning ordinance has been put on hold, at least for the time being, after a motion and a rare unanimous vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors to table the repeal process on Tuesday night.

  • Microsoft scam calls are back

    A computer repair scam is once again hitting Western Virginia consumers (and their hard drives) in a scheme to steal money and personal information.
    Multiple consumers have told the BBB in Western VA that they have been contacted by a computer technician claiming to work for Microsoft or a similar-sounding computer company.
    Consumers are then told that their computer either has operating problems, viruses, or other issues that need immediate attention.

  • Federal prosecutors collect $500M in penalties

    ROANOKE – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia; which includes Galax, Carroll and Grayson; collected $501.5 million in criminal and civil penalties in fiscal year 2013.
    “This money helps provide restitution and other victim services, and supports law enforcement activities around the district,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said when announcing the total in a report last month.

  • Tammy Vass remembered as 4-H leader

    HILLSVILLE — Tammy Vass, who died on Feb. 16, received a nomination to become a 4-H All-Star for her efforts in building the Carroll County 4-H Livestock Club into a national competitor.
    Inclusion as an honorary member in the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All-Stars is the greatest honor that an adult leader can receive in the state, according to Sarah Jo Jones, the Carroll County 4-H agent.
    Vass served as mentor to a group of local youths that found success and recognition as competitors in 4-H’s National Quiz Bowl in Omaha, Neb., last fall.