Today's News

  • Ordinance to prohibit wind farms in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A promise of increased tax revenue from a wind farm on Stoots Mountain did not sway the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to accept an EDP Renewables project.
    Instead, the supervisors at their regular September meeting on Monday gave their attorney until January to draft an ordinance prohibiting such developments in Carroll.
    This comes after the county board formed a windmill committee consisting of supervisors Josh Hendrick and Bob Martin to study the matter, and after the county hosted a public hearing Aug. 13.

  • Galax teen recovering from severe burns

    Hannah Swiger, a 13-year-old student and athlete at GHS, was burned in an explosion on Sept. 9.

  • Independence holds special meeting


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council held a special meeting Sept. 4 to officially vote to hire Jerry Hughes as the new town manager.
    Ronald Sexton, Buddy Halsey, Cecil Adams and Tom Maxwell were the four councilmen present to make the majority vote. Maxwell made the motion to hire Hughes and Adams seconded.

  • Wreck flips van onto top


  • 9/11: A Walk To Remember

    Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel in Galax hold memorial service.

  • Carroll appeal falls on deaf ears

    CHARLOTTESVILLE –– For now, it looks like Carroll County is stuck.

    Appeals by both Carroll County and Pulaski County were denied Tuesday by the Virginia High School League as the two schools tried to prevent the inclusion of Franklin County in the River Ridge District should the VHSL approve a 6A classification system beginning next school year.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/12/12

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    Why does one certain person at the Grayson County School Board office park in the handicapped parking space? Isn’t it illegal to park in a handicapped space if you do not possess a handicapped tag or a sign?

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  • Galax schools working to meet new standards

    According to the No Child Left Behind Act’s new Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO), each subgroup of students will have a different target to meet based on the history of how those groups have performed, said Rebecca Cardwell, Galax Schools’ assistant superintendent.
    That’s what makes AMOs different from the federal education act’s Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks, which no longer apply in Virginia.

  • Hillsville picks six finalists for town manager

    HILLSVILLE — Town council members held a special meeting Sept. 4 to select the interviewees for the vacant town manager’s position.
    Hillsville has received 40 applications for the post, according to town officials. Larry South resigned from the position in June after 18 years.
    At the special meeting, council members selected six candidates to interview for the job, Mayor Greg Crowder said.

  • Nuckolls indicted on child porn charges


    INDEPENDENCE — Andrew Mark Nuckolls, 25, of Independence, has been indicted for the possession of child pornography by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    The sealed indictment was handed down when the grand jury met July 27.
    Nuckolls has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography, which is a class 6 felony, and one count of possession of child pornography, second offense, which is a class 5 felony.