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Today's News

  • Technology contract at Grayson schools could mean changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is considering hiring Lingo Networks of Galax to manage the division’s information technology (IT) department, which, if officially approved by the school board, would be effective July 1.
    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told The Declaration the school system is considering this change due to budget problems and the growing need for improved technology in the schools. He cited the fact that the schools also still have no wireless Internet service, therefore iPads and other technology cannot be used.

  • Galax wins state award for clean drinking water

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water has presented the City of Galax Water Treatment Plant with a 2012 Excellence in Waterworks Operations Gold Award.
    This award indicates that the plant on Chestnut Creek has met goals for clarification and filtration in 2012.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell presented the award to water plant workers Mike Brown and Jerry Russell at the June 10 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • Campbell wins primary, faces McGrady in fall

    Amid record low turnout on Tuesday, a few voters showed up at the polls to select a Republican candidate for the 6th District House of Delegates race and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
    In a June 11 primary election for the House race, voters in the 6th District picked former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell as the Republican nominee. Campbell received nearly 71 percent of the vote in the district’s three counties — Carroll, Smyth and Wythe.
    In Carroll, Campbell beat Weaver 210 to 44.

  • AAA warns of derecho dangers

    "Derecho."

  • Rosanne Cash to perform at music center

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway, has announced that singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash, along with guitarist John Leventhal, will headline a concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center on June 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
    The event complements the events of Galax’s Leaf & String Festival, which celebrates traditional mountain music.

  • Leaf & String celebrates music, literature and art

    The community is invited to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Galax Leaf and String Festival, “a celebration of music, art and literature,” on Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.
    Local artisans, musicians, authors and chefs will gather downtown to offer those in attendance a varied example of what the area has to offer.
    The event will be split into four sections, each located on a different street:

  • County must hire two new positions for gas project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority will get involved in the county’s natural gas project by hiring two pipeline workers, authority members decided at their June meeting Monday.
    Officials such as County Administrator Gary Larrowe indicated that the requirements from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) stating that Carroll must hire these workers came late in the effort to supply carpet maker Mohawk with natural gas.

  • Galax siblings' books chronicle history of city

    John Nunn and Judy Nunn Alley are two of the featured local writers at this weekend's "Authors on Grayson" event, part of the Galax Leaf & String Festival.

  • Carroll gets $5M more for school work

    HILLSVILLE — Additional work on Carroll County High School can proceed after the county received a $5 million loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The money will cover more than just replacing the aged heating and air conditioning system.
    On the eve of a meeting scheduled by the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to discuss funding options for the work on the high school, Supervisors Chairman David Hutchins announced that the county has learned that it will get the facilities loan from the federal agency.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/12/13

    Poll results
    This question is directed to the letter to the editor from Ron Pratt, “Firearms background check deserves debate.” While I agree with Mr. Pratt that we should have background checks, I strongly disagree with him quoting that 92 percent of the people want these checks. I don’t know where he is coming up with these figures. I think he needs to go back and look at some of the surveys. Nowhere have I seen 92 percent in favor of background checks, restrictions on rifles or restrictions on clips or magazines.