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Today's News

  • N-Zone gets serious about games

     

  • Liddle Tykes daycare grows up

     

  • Carroll schools seek Internet equality

    HILLSVILLE — All Carroll schools will have comparable Internet and network connectivity, after three schools get up to speed with improvements.
    The Carroll County School Board last year decided to upgrade to fiber optics from what they said were unreliable wireless connections and accepted proposals for other schools sites.
    But Laurel, Oakland and St. Paul schools had more difficult circumstances, so educators decided bid them out again to get them all faster networking capabilities.

  • Grayson to provide large item pick-up

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will begin its 2011 large-item trash collection in April.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet and Director of Public Works Jonathan Luper provided the Grayson Board of Supervisors a proposed schedule during the regular meeting earlier this month.
    Sweet noted prior to any motions that this is an opportunity for citizens to dispose of large items in an “orderly and contained fashion.”

  • Board hears support for special ed

    HILLSVILLE — Protect funding for special education programs in Carroll, two supporters asked at the school division's first public hearing for the 2011-2012 budget process.
    Angela Dixon of Galax, the parent of a special needs child, appeared before the Carroll School Board at its Feb. 8 meeting and said the schools have an excellent program with a wonderful staff.
    Her son has done well and developed thanks to the efforts of the special education program in the schools, and she asked the school board to keep the program at its current funding level.

  • Griffith to visit Independence, Galax

     

    9th District Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va) will be in Grayson County and Galax on Friday to meet with constituents and tour a local business.
    Griffith will tour Darco Southern Inc. in Independence from 9-10 a.m.
    At noon, Griffith will attend a "meet and greet" with local constituents at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, hosted by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Grayson tries to clean up trash collection

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to better improve trash collection services in Grayson County, the board of supervisors gave a nod of approval to minor changes in procedures during holidays and inclement weather.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county continues to “grapple with the Monday pick-ups, as well as inclement weather pick-ups.”
    Because many federal holidays fall on Mondays, those customers have their trash picked up less frequently than those whose trash is collected on other days of the week.

  • Making up is hard to do

    HILLSVILLE — The discussion of making up each missed snow day got heated at the Carroll County School Board.
    At issue was whether educators should add all the missed days back into the calendar, plus extend the length of the school day for a month, so instructional time for the students would not take a bigger hit.
    A calendar committee looked into it and Assistant Superintendent Strader Blankenship presented the board with ideas to get those 18 school days back.
    • Option 1 involved using all make-up days and ending the school year on May 31.

  • Driven by friend's memory — WITH VIDEO

     

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  • Sheriff answers challenge