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Today's News

  • Gone with the wind: 'Tall structures' ordinance topples

    HILLSVILLE — County officials at their Monday meeting put the final nail in the coffin of a proposal that one Carroll supervisor called “a Trojan horse” intended to keep electricity-generating wind mills out of the locality.
    Not long after a company named EDP Renewables began researching Stoots Mountain for a wind farm, the supervisors directed the county attorney to come up with an ordinance controlling placement of tall structures on ridge tops.

  • MMA fighter has eyes on the prize

    CJ Cochran, an MMA fighter trained at Elite Combat Martial Arts and Fitness in Galax, took home his first win on April 27 at “Ring of Dreams” in Winston-Salem, N.C., and is preparing for his next fight.
    Unlike some fighters, Cochran isn't battling for gold or glory.
    He’s doing it for his mom, and for his future.
    Master trainer Heather Pyles of Elite Combat said that Cochran,18, is focused on continuing his training and studying business so that he can one day open his own gym.

  • APCo Storm/Outage Update

    Appalachian Power Storm Response Update
    June 13, 2013 -  5 p.m.

    WEATHER
    The widely predicted thunderstorms that traveled over Appalachian Power territory last night and  this morning caused only minor power outages.

  • Technology contract at Grayson schools could mean changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County school system is considering hiring Lingo Networks of Galax to manage the division’s information technology (IT) department, which, if officially approved by the school board, would be effective July 1.
    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant told The Declaration the school system is considering this change due to budget problems and the growing need for improved technology in the schools. He cited the fact that the schools also still have no wireless Internet service, therefore iPads and other technology cannot be used.

  • Galax wins state award for clean drinking water

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water has presented the City of Galax Water Treatment Plant with a 2012 Excellence in Waterworks Operations Gold Award.
    This award indicates that the plant on Chestnut Creek has met goals for clarification and filtration in 2012.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell presented the award to water plant workers Mike Brown and Jerry Russell at the June 10 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • Campbell wins primary, faces McGrady in fall

    Amid record low turnout on Tuesday, a few voters showed up at the polls to select a Republican candidate for the 6th District House of Delegates race and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
    In a June 11 primary election for the House race, voters in the 6th District picked former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell as the Republican nominee. Campbell received nearly 71 percent of the vote in the district’s three counties — Carroll, Smyth and Wythe.
    In Carroll, Campbell beat Weaver 210 to 44.

  • AAA warns of derecho dangers

    "Derecho."

  • Rosanne Cash to perform at music center

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, in partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway, has announced that singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash, along with guitarist John Leventhal, will headline a concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center on June 14, beginning at 7 p.m.
    The event complements the events of Galax’s Leaf & String Festival, which celebrates traditional mountain music.

  • Leaf & String celebrates music, literature and art

    The community is invited to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Galax Leaf and String Festival, “a celebration of music, art and literature,” on Friday and Saturday in downtown Galax.
    Local artisans, musicians, authors and chefs will gather downtown to offer those in attendance a varied example of what the area has to offer.
    The event will be split into four sections, each located on a different street:

  • County must hire two new positions for gas project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority will get involved in the county’s natural gas project by hiring two pipeline workers, authority members decided at their June meeting Monday.
    Officials such as County Administrator Gary Larrowe indicated that the requirements from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) stating that Carroll must hire these workers came late in the effort to supply carpet maker Mohawk with natural gas.