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Today's News

  • Real estate values take historic dive

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll real estate values decreased during the recent reassessment for the first time in decades, Assessor Janie Harrison reported to the county supervisors on Feb. 11.
    Harrison began working in the assessor’s office in 1983, she said at the monthly county board meeting. “In 30 years, I have never seen a decline in market until now. Our overall decline was about 12.23 percent — that’s the overall land book total.”

  • Educators react to state's school grading plans

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and CHRISTOPHER BROOKE, Staff
    and Landmark News Service

  • Galax shelter offers hope to those in need

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    On a recent morning, Tammy Harmon saw a strange sight on her way to work.
    “Way down the street, I saw someone walking very slowly,” said Harmon, director of Hope House of the Good Shepherd in Galax. “I didn’t think much about it, and I went inside.”

  • PTO wants art back in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – The president of the Grayson Highlands Parent Teacher Organization has asked the county school board to consider putting art classes back into the elementary schools in the upcoming budget.
    Amy Donnely was the only speaker during a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 budget for the Grayson County Public Schools System last week.

  • Pharmacist goes bald to support customer's cancer fight

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    In keeping with his promise, Galax Rite Aid pharmacist Dustin Thomas sat on a chair while coworker Amy Parsons sheared off his locks with a set of clippers. Since the goal was to shave him completely bald, Thomas told her to “have fun with it.”
    And she did.
    “It’s not every day you get to shave your boss’ head,” laughed Parsons. She grinned mischievously as another employee replayed a video of the haircut taken with her phone.

  • CCHS auxiliary gym put on hold

    HILLSVILLE — While Carroll County officials have applied for funding to replace the heating and air conditioning system at the high school, the idea to build an auxiliary gym there may have to wait awhile.
    The Carroll supervisors briefly discussed both project ideas as amendments to a five-year capital improvement plan at their regular meeting Feb. 11.

  • School security measures pass Senate panel

    RICHMOND – A Virginia legislative committee has advanced three bills intended to improve school safety.
    The bills were recommended by a task force appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell in response to the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
    The bills endorsed Feb. 11 by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee include:

  • Family advocates address state's criticism of training center reports

    By Jane Powell, CVTC Families and Friends Inc., and Peter Kinzler,  NVTC Parents and Associates. Powell and Kinzler are members of parent groups fighting the proposed closure of state-run facilities for the intellectually disabled, like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll.

  • Maroon Tide boys upset Bears in MED

    BLAND –– Galax plays on.

    The Maroon Tide won its third straight game after a 2-15 start, upsetting No. 4 Bland County 63-62 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ tournament first-round game Monday in Bland.

    The fifth-seeded Maroon Tide advances to Thursday’s semifinals, where it will square off against regular season champion Grayson County at 6:30 p.m. Fort Chiswell and Graham will take the floor in the evening’s second semifinal.

  • Cavaliers settle for second

    MARION –– In each of the first two meetings this year between Carroll County and Richlands, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final shot was in the air.

    In Monday’s regular season playoff, Carroll County’s last shot never did come down. But then, neither did any of the previous 11.

    The Cavaliers were held without a field goal the final 10:22 and were outscored 9-0 the final 3:13 as Richlands won a one-game playoff for the Southwest District regular season girls’ championship at Marion High School.