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Today's News

  • He's three

    William McKenley Hess celebrated his third birthday Feb. 11 at home with family and friends with a Spiderman party.

    He is the son of Pamela Hess of Galax. His maternal grandparents are David and Polly Hess of Galax. He has several aunts and uncles.

  • Public record for 2/6/13 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 6-21 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Teacher raise would cost Carroll $320,000

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed 2 percent raises for teachers would cost Carroll County Public Schools more than $320,000 to give all employees a pay increase.
    The governor’s proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 involves giving a “compensation supplement for Standards of Quality funded instructional positions,” as Carroll School Board officials discussed at their Jan. 12 meeting.
    Typically, school officials want to give across-the-board raises, not just to the teachers.

  • Health officials say well water should be boiled after flood

    One precaution that homeowners who experienced flooding may need to take is boiling their well water before drinking, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
    State officials have urged residents with wells and septic systems to take precautions following last week’s heavy rains that caused high water and flooding in some Southwest Virginia communities, according to a news release.

  • Carroll man wanted for malicious wounding

     

  • The house that Fuller Center built

    HILLSVILLE — The Fuller Center volunteers built a house, but it’s up to recipient Krystal Rosier and family to make it a home, in the words of Chase Stevens, who worked on the project at Carroll High School.
    More than 30 people gathered with Rosier and family to dedicate the new house that first took shape on the grounds of Carroll County High School before being transported north on Main Street to Crestview Drive last summer and finished on site.

  • Lady Blue Devils pick up pair of district victories

    BLAND –– Grayson County’s first point in the second quarter gave it enough for the win as the Blue Devil defense locked down on Bland County in a 47-16 Mountain Empire District win Wednesday at Bland High School.

    Grayson County limited the Bears to three points or fewer in each of the first three quarters, taking a 34-4 halftime lead.

  • Devil girls battle to keep No. 1

    Galax had a solid shot at throwing a wrench into the Mountain Empire District girls’ basketball race, but Grayson County ended the game on an 11-2 run, rallying for a 39-34 win in a back-and-forth affair Friday at Galax High School.

  • Grayson survives Tide scare

    A 3-14 record at this point in the season would have been a little more palatable for Galax if one of those wins happened to be over archrival and Mountain Empire District-leading Grayson County.

    As it was, the Blue Devils, who took the last meeting by 20 points, kept their unblemished district record intact and Galax had to settle for another ‘close but not quite’ kind of night.

  • Dogs' deaths spark call for shelter improvements

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    On Jan. 24, the Twin County Humane Society posted a message on its Facebook page that shocked and outraged members of the community and led to a petition to oust the regional animal shelter’s director.
    “Sadness and frustration is on our minds tonight. We desperately need the members of our community to step up and demand change at our shelter,” the heartfelt letter began.