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Today's News

  • Log home center's new lease on life

    HILLSVILLE — Former model homes have a new lease on life and will contribute to the flow of commerce around Interstate 77’s Exit 14.
    Businessman Jim Dixon has set up an office of Blue Ridge Mountain Home Center in the former AmerLink log home sales center after winning the remainder of the 99-year lease at a January bankruptcy auction.
    Dixon has renamed the three homes “the log mall” while restoring the exterior and catching up on the long-delayed maintenance from the time when AmerLink finally collapsed due to its financial troubles.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — Several more indictments have been unsealed by Grayson County Circuit Court, revealing the names of suspects indicted by a grand jury on April 28.
    An indictment indicates that the grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt.
    All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.
    The most recent charges unsealed include:
    • David Lee Anthony, Galax – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

  • Carroll school meal prices on the rise

    HILLSVILLE — A federal mandate will cause student meals to go up by a nickel for Carroll’s 2012-2013 school year.
    This is the second year in a row for the increase in order to meet the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, according to information considered by the Carroll County School Board at its meeting last Thursday.

  • Vaught to resign as town manager

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Kenneth Vaught resigned his position last week in a letter to Independence Town Council.
    After the regular meeting May 8, town council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
    After a half-hour session, council returned to regular session and Council Member Buddy Halsey made the motion to accept Vaught's resignation, which council approved on a unanimous vote.

  • Hillsville hears opposition to employee contracts, Bottle House purchase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville resident launched a preemptive strike Monday night against two issues that were rumored to be under consideration by town council — the purchase of local landmark the Bottle House and a change to the town code that would place the town manager and police chief on contracts, rather than serving at the pleasure of council.
    Nancy Beasley’s objections came before any formal discussion of either issue.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/16/12

    Trail needs attention
    I have to agree with the caller — the City of Galax does a great job keeping Felts Park looking clean. Downtown Galax has a nice feel for tourism dollars. However, the New River Trail parking lot in Galax is an eyesore. The house they bought for the ranger station and gift shop looks haunted. The orange fencing and cross tiles piled out in the yard look trashy. How can we expect to look like a first class tourist area when our state park is not supporting one of our most popular assets?

  • Carroll connection grows at Ferrum

    HILLSVILLE –– For a wide-eyed kid making the jump from eighth-grade ball straight to the varsity, it must have been nice to have one of Carroll County’s all-time greats to help ease the transition.

    Though the first time around worked out pretty well for then-freshman Rachel Dalton and junior Kayla Goins, the two will have a chance at a do-over this fall.

    Dalton will join Goins on the Ferrum College women’s basketball team, making known her intentions recently at Carroll County High School.

  • Nelson named first-team all-conference

     EMORY –– Emory & Henry College junior tennis player Matt Nelson has been named first-team all-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) at No. 1 doubles for the recently-completed 2012 season.

    Nelson, a former Galax High School standout and Group A doubles state champion, and teammate Adam Henderson (Abingdon) were two of four Emory & Henry players to pick up first- or second-team all-conference honors.

    Nelson and Henderson were a perfect 9-0 in conference play this season and were 17-2 overall.

  • Grayson picks up pair of wins

      INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored 14 runs in the first three innings Tuesday and improved to 7-0 in the Mountain Empire District with a 16-0 shelling of Bland County at GNB Park.

    Run-producing singles by Matt Cornett and Max Rodgers gave the Blue Devils (9-7 overall) a 2-0 lead after the first, and Grayson tacked on five runs on three swings as part of a seven-run second.

  • Hendrick resigns from job after conflict ruling

    UPDATED 5/17/12, 11:45 A.M. — Carroll County Public Service Authority decided in an early morning meeting Thursday to send Rural Development a letter to find out whether the resignation of Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick from Nehemiah Engineering will satisfy the federal agency's concerns about a conflict of interest on Fancy Gap water and sewer inspections. The PSA also adopted a new conflict of interest policy this morning, which applies to construction inspectors.