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Today's News

  • Carroll: exempt virtual students' scores from testing results

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll educators have asked students enrolled in the Virginia Virtual Academy to stand alone in terms of the Standards of Learning test scores, separating them from the scores coming out of the county’s 10 brick-and-mortar schools.
    To that end, Carroll County Public Schools has filed a waiver request on testing results, as well as other requirements that they feel should not apply to the online learning program.

  • APCo seeks rate increase

    Just as Appalachian Power Co. customers are adjusting to an average 7.4 increase in electricity bills, another hike could be on the way.
    Appalachian announced this week that it is seeking to increase the assessment it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel. If approved, the increase would mean another 7 percent increase in monthly bills for residential customers.
    The so-called fuel factor is a dollar-for-dollar recovery of the amount utilities pay for power generation and does not offer a profit for Appalachian.

  • Brides Carry On Family Wedding Tradition

     

  • Airport plans new terminal, other improvements

     

  • Worship center permit approved

    INDEPENDENCE — New Harvest Christian Worship received approval earlier this month from the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for a special use permit to conduct worship services on its site off Pipers Gap Road.
    Pastor Richard Fitzgerald attended the public hearing and spoke about the church he and his wife founded in February 2001.

  • Hope House needs help to continue homeless ministry

    Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc., a shelter and recovery center in Galax, serves the critical needs of the homeless and hurting.
    Hope House offers five-day emergency housing, as well as a longer term transitional housing program for residents who participate in the Life Plan Recovery Program. This ministry addresses all aspects of recovery and loss in a holistic approach dealing with the mind, body, spirit and soul.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/25/12

    Past price surges
    This is an answer to the “road of distress.” I would just like to ask why everybody wants to give Obama such a hard time on the price of gas. He didn’t start all the gas prices. It started in the 1970s under Nixon and Gerald Ford. Obama and Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy and them have really helped our country and I think the Democrats need a hand of praise for it.

    Needs anger management

  • State police to investigate conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s commonwealth’s attorney has asked the Virginia State Police to investigate the question of a possible conflict of interest on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, according to the Public Service Authority chairman.
    Carroll PSA officials created a broad conflict of interest policy in March that applied to contractors and construction inspectors, but then repealed that rule this month and introduced a narrower proposal that applied to the inspectors.

  • Carroll school budget approved

    HILLSVILLE — Just when the Carroll school system’s funding shortfall seemed to be resolved with the approval of about $1.8 million in new funding from the locality Monday, a county supervisor continued to question where that money will come from.
    In the end, not getting the specific details he wanted from his fellow supervisors, Joshua Hendrick, the Laurel Fork representative on the county board, voted “no” on the school budget.

  • No money for prison, but governor pledges support