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  • Is 'Adequate Yearly Progress' an adequate measure?

    Chris Braunlich is vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and a member of the Virginia State Board of Education. The views expressed here are his own.  He may be reached at c.braunlich@att.net. This column was shortened for space considerations.

    I still have my notes from nine years ago.
    Speaking at a dinner meeting hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, then-Virginia School Board President Mark Christie argued that “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) was doomed to failure.

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  • Maroon Tide finishes strong at own invitational

    HILLSVILLE –– More than 400 runners representing 24 schools made the 2011 Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet the largest in its 18-year history, giving more credence to the fact that the Galax varsity teams had their best showings in a decade.

    The 3.1-mile Southwestern Virginia Training Center course will host the Region C meet in a few weeks, making the event an attractive stop on the cross country circuit for several Southwest Virginia schools.

  • Huge half propels Galax to win

     NEW CASTLE –– Galax rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead and remained undefeated on the year, swamping Craig County 49-14 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide (5-0) got one big play after another in the high-scoring first half, starting with its special teams. After holding the Rockets (2-3) to a three-and-out, Galax was on the board the first time it touched the ball when Deion George returned a Craig County punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Eli Brady knocked through the first of his seven PAT kicks for a quick 7-0 Galax lead.

  • Grayson battles to 5-0 mark

    HILLSVILLE –– It’s now known how Grayson County responds when it has to actually work four quarters for a win.

    Having coasted past their first four opponents by a combined 208-38, the Blue Devils were leading Carroll County by one skinny point late in the fourth quarter Friday before icing the win with a late touchdown, holding on for a 26-19 win in the Cavaliers’ homecoming game at Tommy Thompson Field.

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  • Passenger dies after motorcycle hits deer

    UPDATED 9/26/11:

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials are reporting a 49-year-old Southwest Virginia man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Hillsville on Sept. 22.

  • Grayson updates zoning ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one citizen spoke during a public hearing regarding changes to Grayson County’s zoning ordinance this month.
    County leaders looked to clean up language, provide greater clarification and conciseness and provide the county with greater latitude in terms of some sections.
    Prior to opening the public hearing on Sept. 14, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet summarized a few of the changes — most of which were simple wording changes.

  • New scam targets credit card users

    Those in the financial community are warning customers of a new credit card scam.
    Lynn Funk, a registered advisor with Lincoln Financial Securities Corp. in Galax, said she’s heard reports of this scam in the Midwest and it is quickly spreading.
    “This one is pretty slick since they provide you with all the information, except the one piece they want,” she said. “Note that the callers do not ask for your card number — they already have it.”