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Today's News

  • 1908 Courthouse to improve accessibility

    INDEPENDENCE — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was set to hold its second concert of a winter concert series this month at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence until handicapped accessibility issues with the building were brought to light by an activist for the disabled.
    The regional arts council has now moved the concert and all other upcoming events scheduled at the 105-year-old courthouse’s Baldwin Auditorium to new venues, and the courthouse foundation is preparing to address Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/20/13

    Reply to Mongo
    Hey Mongo. I’m glad that you and your dogs are happy and doing good and staying warm and I also hope that you change your mind about going down to Dugspur because you remember what happened before, you got locked up. You better stay in Galax so we can keep hearing from you.

    Join ‘em

  • Poole, Sapp to be married

    Elvis and Rhonda Poole of Galax announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Lynn Poole, to Joseph Eric Sapp, son of Mary Sharlene Sapp of Fries.

    Sapp is a 2010 graduate of Grayson County High School. He works at Vaughan-Bassett.
    Poole is a 2011 graduate of Carroll County High School. She works at Bojangles.
    A Feb. 16 wedding is planned at 1 p.m. at Gospel Chapel on Mills Street in Galax.

  • He's one

    Riley Levi Deihl celebrated his first birthday Jan. 16 with family and friends at the home of his grandmother, Amy Guthric Steve Mortze.

    He is the son of Breanna Guthric. He is the great-grandson of Gerald and Bobbie Fridley.

  • Public record for 2/20/13 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. 26-Dec. 7, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Home school sports bill sacked in Senate

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – Down goes Tebow.
    The bill, that is.
    Legislation to let home schooled students join public school sports teams was defeated Feb. 14 in the Senate Education and Health Committee, where similar bills have failed in previous years.
    The perennial proposal from Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle County) would achieve that by prohibiting public schools from joining an interscholastic governing body, such as the Virginia High School League, that bars home schoolers from public school sports.

  • Gas prices soar 35¢ in 30 days

    Gas prices have soared 35 cents in the past 30 days in Virginia.
    In fact, prices went up a whopping 11 cents from Friday to Monday, and were at an average $3.61 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline.
    According to the American Automobile Association, the high prices drivers are seeing at the pump are a function of the age-old tension between supply and demand, and strangely enough, both are down.
    Crude oil supplies are also down in the wake of OPEC’s decision several months ago to lower production by nearly one million barrels per day.

  • GES wins $10,000 for special needs class

    Galax Elementary School has officially won this year’s UCT Gives Back contest. The school’s Cooperative Care Center for Exceptional Children will receive a $10,000 prize, which will be used to buy materials for the students.
    “It has been a whole community event... one of the most uniting things I’ve seen in Galax in a long time,” said GES Assistant Principal Sonia Truitt, noting that an outpouring of support came in from the Galax, Carroll County and Grayson County communities.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/18/13

    Pothole alert
    Galax City is all the time going up on people’s taxes. They need to fix the potholes in roads around town and also Carroll County needs to fix the potholes on Tower Road.

    Working mother

  • Real estate values take historic dive

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll real estate values decreased during the recent reassessment for the first time in decades, Assessor Janie Harrison reported to the county supervisors on Feb. 11.
    Harrison began working in the assessor’s office in 1983, she said at the monthly county board meeting. “In 30 years, I have never seen a decline in market until now. Our overall decline was about 12.23 percent — that’s the overall land book total.”