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Today's News

  • Galax vehicle break-ins investigated

    The Galax Police Department is investigating reports of several vehicles that were entered Sunday night in the West Galax area — including one belonging to a police officer.
    According to Chief Rick Clark, small items such as GPS units, game systems and hand-held electronics have been taken, along with cash and some items of clothing.
    There were 28 incidents reported as of Tuesday afternoon, Clark said. None of the vehicles were locked.

  • County could expand spay and neuter assistance

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society members asked Carroll County to help control pet overpopulation with a program like ones already in place in Hillsville and Galax.
    While Hillsville has received a $70,000 PetSmart grant to spay and neuter companion animals, humane society representative Betty Sutton asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors for something more like Galax’s program.
    Galax commits funds in its budget to help citizens spay and neuter their pets, she explained.

  • Films and farms could benefit Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — If only Carroll County could get a screen test of its own, maybe it could attract motion picture companies to film here, said a board of supervisors member at the November meeting.
    Supervisor Tom Littrell recently participated in the shooting of the movie adaptation of David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” in Giles County. He was an extra in the film, and one of his antique vehicles gets some screen time.

  • CCHS yearbook places first in state

    HILLSVILLE — Strong student performance on the Carroll County High School Cavalier Classic yearbook sparked a “three-peat,” with the publication earning statewide awards.
    It’s the third time in a row that the yearbook staff has brought back honors in the Virginia High School League competition, chosen from among 1,000 total entries in three classes, says teacher and advisor Shannon Dalton.
    The book, titled “Spark,” won first place and the students won many awards for their work.

  • Facebook friends help nab suspect

    The Galax Police Department credits social networking and help from citizens for finding the suspect in a purse snatching last week.

  • Toys for Tots begins annual mission

    Toys for Tots is bringing new toys to the children of economically challenged families in Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax, and local organizations and businesses are raising funds and collecting toys for the children.
    On Dec. 1 — before, during and after the Fries Christmas parade — toys will be collected at the new Fries Firehouse and along the parade route, said Bob Hines, coordinator of Twin County Toys for Tots.
    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department is also a toy collection site through the holiday season.

  • Federal cuts looming for school system

    Brian Spencer is chairman of the Carroll County School Board

  • Readers' Hotline 11/26/12

    Bring the soap
    I am calling about the new store [located omitted] with the young man behind the counter with the vulgar mouth. I thought he had straightened up. I have been in there a few times lately and nothing was ever said. But, I was in there the other day and everything [he said was offensive]. He really does need his mouth washed out with soap. I will not be back in that store.

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  • Galax aims to allow urban archery season

    Galax City Council is considering joining many other communities in the state of Virginia in adopting an urban archery program that would allow for bow hunting of deer in residential areas within the city limits.
    While council members yet to take action on the matter, this subject has been discussed in some depth at their two most recent meetings.

  • Carroll could put offenders to work

    HILLSVILLE — Keeping minor criminal offenders out of jail through a day-reporting program may also be the key to unlocking savings for Carroll County.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner met with the board of supervisors Nov. 15 to report that several county agencies want to set up a new community service program.
    Modeled after similar efforts in Grayson County and Giles County, day reporting allows non-violent, non-sexual offenders to stay out of jail by agreeing to do local community service work projects.