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Today's News

  • Locals help fight fire, raise money for Patrick Co. school

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Patrick County authorities graded land for mobile classrooms Sunday near fire-damaged Meadows of Dan Elementary School, hoping to quickly establish alternative classrooms and minimize the time students are out after a weekend fire, a school official said.
    Local firefighters from Galax and Carroll County helped extinguish the blaze at the 72-year-old school.

  • Computer glitches plague Carroll schools' opening

    HILLSVILLE — The opening of Carroll schools went sour for students who suffered a scheduling glitch, one parent told the Carroll School Board at their regular August meeting last week.
    The scheduling problem brought Donnie Morgan, an education supporter, before the school board a day after the schools’ open houses and one day before the official start of the school year.

  • Man charged in bus wreck

    INDEPENDENCE — No injuries were reported Aug. 11 after a pickup truck rear-ended a stopped Grayson County school bus.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the bus was stopped in traffic in front of the school board office on Main Street at 7:58 a.m. when the accident happened.

  • 2011 Galax Fiddlers' Convention Winners

     

     

     

    Winners of the 76th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 8-13, 2011:

     

    Youth Competition Winners — Aug. 8

    Band

  • Library garden a haven for wildlife

     HILLSVILLE ― The new Beaver Dam Garden at the Carroll County Public Library was inspired by the abundance of wildlife along the Beaver Dam Trail.Volunteers with the Hillsville Natural Heritage Project wanted to bring a touch of the town's much-used walking trail to Main Street by planting a bed of native flowers at the library.

  • Spencer to run for school board

     

  • APCo defends rising power bills

    INDEPENDENCE — Sharp increases in coal prices are to blame for Appalachian Power Company’s price hikes in recent years throughout the company’s service area, a company representative told local officials last week.
    Mary Begly, from the External Affairs Department of APCo, appeared before the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 11 to explain why electric rates have increased over the last few years and what citizens can do to keep usage low.

  • Passing It Down

     

  • VIDEOS — Fiddlers' Convention Jam Sessions

     

    Watch three jam sessions at the 76th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 8-13, 2011.

  • UPDATED: Rabies confirmed in raccoon attack

    A raccoon that attacked a 17-month-old boy and his father in the Country Club Lane area on Aug. 11 tested positive for rabies over the weekend, the first case this year for Galax, said Kristina Webb, an environmental health specialist at the city’s health department.
    The child and his father have received their second of six sets of treatments. Both were treated for rabies the day of the attack at the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital, while they awaited lab results.