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Today's News

  • Farmers' market lands $28,000 grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market was recently selected as one of only five farmers markets in the state to be awarded a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The grant, which will provide more than $28,000 in funding over the next two years, will help the market complete three phases that should help increase the community’s accessibility to healthy, locally grown foods in Grayson County.
    The market’s primary objective will be to install a two-year funded market manager position.

  • Police, students team up to help 'Wounded Warrior'

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Skills USA members teamed up to raise $1,500 to help Wounded Warriors, including a local man injured while serving in Afghanistan, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath received injuries to his feet while sweeping a road mined with an improved explosive device in August.

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  • World traveler Eugene Leonard shared wealth at home

    When Galax High School alumnus Harold Eugene Leonard passed away last year, he left a list of generous bequests to several organizations, including the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

  • Galax band Cult of Dionysis mixes metal and comics

    Picking the perfect name can be a challenge, but that’s never been a problem for one Galax-based underground metal band.
    It currently has three.
    The Cult of Dionysis — aka “C.O.D.” or “Metalcult” — have created an original blend of heavy metal music that is alternately described by founder Dennis Warren as “geek thrash” (they have their own comic book, after all) and “Stache Core” (an ode to Warren’s unique facial hair, the unofficial fifth member of the band.)

  • Speakers say leave St. Paul School's grades alone

    CANA — Family members not only don’t want to lose any more grades from St. Paul, several speakers at a Tuesday public hearing asked for classes and programs to be restored to the Cana school.
    As Carroll School Board Chairman Brian Spencer recapped at the beginning of the meeting in the St. Paul gym, the effort is well underway to close Woodlawn School, move the sixth and seventh grades to the intermediate school and the ninth grade to the high school.

  • Supervisor calls for investigation of county officials

    HILLSVILLE — To ensure the Carroll Board of Supervisors proceeds in a professional and legal manner, the board’s Pine Creek representative wants to resolve all outstanding questions at one time.
    In a recent e-mail, Supervisor Bob Martin asked the county attorney for advice in launching a state police investigation and requesting an attorney general ruling.

  • Blessing the Animals

    HILLSVILLE — Of the dozen or so dogs and one cat in attendance at the Blessing of the Animals Saturday, Stephanie Burnette thought her companion might be the poster child.
    Maddie had been diagnosed with cancer in June, and Burnette learned that the dog might have days or weeks to live.
    Despite that, Maddie continues to hang on and to receive treatment for her malady.
    “She plays,” Burnette said. “She enjoys life. To me, it’s been a miracle, an absolute miracle.”

  • Day care centers aim to improve

    Eight day care centers in Carroll and Grayson have enrolled in a two-year continuous improvement course with Smart Beginnings to boost educational successes for their children.
    The day care centers have volunteered to start with a wide-reaching assessment of their programs, followed by mentoring to increase the benefits they can provide to their kids, said Trudy Golding of Smart Beginnings Twin County.
    She coordinates the local Virginia Star Quality Initiative and reports that participants will include:

  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.