Today's News

  • Council debates rescue squad's existence

    HILLSVILLE — Existential debates don’t often break out at government meetings, but the question whether a disbanded rescue squad does or does not exist arose at the Aug. 13 Hillsville Town Council meeting.
    The question, raised by Council Member David Young, is this: if Hillsville Volunteer Rescue Squad no longer exists, then why does it have officers and how can it still own equipment and supplies?

  • Carroll athletics could change districts

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has no intention for its high school sports teams to take the field against distant Franklin County and Patrick Henry, according to action taken at its August meeting.
    The two schools in the Virginia High School League’s proposed River Ridge District are too far away and have the advantage of too many more students than Carroll for the playing field to be level, high school Principal Chuck Thompson and members of the school board agreed.

  • Rabies case confirmed in Grayson

    A bobcat in the Elk Creek area of Grayson County was recently tested and confirmed to have rabies.
    This animal potentially could have had contact with local pets and livestock. Rabies is a deadly viral disease. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets with no known exposure to a potentially rabid animal should be vaccinated immediately.
    State law requires pet owners to keep their pets current on rabies vaccinations for animals ages four months or older. Residents should not approach or touch wild animals and should report any abnormal behavior involving wild animals.

  • Veterans' memorial project moves forward

    The City of Galax has contracted with North Carolina Granite Corporation to provide and install the memorial stones at the site of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial by Veterans Day.
    City council received an update on the project at its Aug. 13 meeting. The large memorial is being constructed next to the Galax Public Library on West Stuart Drive.
    The total cost to construct and install the monuments for this portion of the memorial is about $45,000.
    Construction of the remaining foundations is almost complete and the site will be graded afterwards.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/20/12

    Fast route
    You would think Meadowlark Road was the interstate, as fast as some people hurry down here to check a light pole. At least the cars on the side of the road slowed down the speeding busybodies who have no business down here in the first place.

    Bad odds

  • Without limit, gun sales shoot through roof

    Firearms have been flying off store shelves all year in Virginia, but last month — the first in 20 years that didn’t limit buyers to one handgun — saw the most sales yet.
    Background checks for firearms transactions spiked accordingly. In July, 29,072 checks were conducted by the Virginia State Police, a 29 percent increase over the same month last year.

  • Citizens air opinions at wind farm hearing

    HILLSVILLE  — A public hearing on a potential wind farm on Stoots Mountain hasn’t cleared the air about what Carroll County supervisors should do about the possible renewable energy development.
    County officials held a public hearing to get input on what citizens think after it became general knowledge that EDP Renewables has been exploring the ridge at Poplar Camp for a grouping of 24 wind turbines.

  • Galax says clean up your own meth

    In recent years, the cost of cleaning up the dangerous chemicals left over at meth labs has trickled down to localities, but a proposed ordinance would instead pass costs to the individual responsible for the lab, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council.
    Jim Cornwell, city attorney, has recommended that council consider adopting the ordinance.
    While localities have been picking up the cost, the state passed new laws this year allowing a locality to pass these costs along to those convicted of operating a meth lab.

  • Elledge charged with malicious wounding


  • Scout builds disc golf course in Felts Park