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Today's News

  • Free Clinic to host fundraiser

    Volunteers, staff and patients of The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties will host the monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser at Applebee's in Galax on Saturday from 8-10 a.m.
    The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and drink for $5 per person. Take-outs are available.
    Last month, the breakfast fundraiser had the lowest number of attendees since it started.
    This is an opportunity to help people in need. One breakfast purchased will buy one prescription for one patient.

  • Deer feeding illegal as of Sept. 1

    Effective Sept. 1, it is illegal to feed deer statewide in Virginia.
    The annual prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January.
    This regulation does not restrict the planting of crops, such as corn and soybeans, wildlife food plots, and backyard or schoolyard habitats. It is intended to curb the artificial feeding of deer that leads to negative consequences, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

  • Renovations won't improve older spaces

    HILLSVILLE — Most of the funds for the Phase III schools construction project will go toward adding new spaces to Carroll Intermediate and High schools.
    Not much will be left over to improve the older spaces.
    Carroll School Board members seemed worried during a presentation at their Aug. 10 meeting that some important renovation work would be left out of the $26.7 million project.

  • Keeping us cool heats up AEP's profits

    Mike likes it hot.
    "Like most other reporting utilities this quarter, our best friend has been the weather," said Mike Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power.

    Morris spoke July 30 while discussing the utility's second quarter financial results. The three-month period ended June 30. AEP's subsidiaries include Appalachian Power Co., which serves Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

  • Most schools meet AYP targets

    It was a tough year for Virginia schools, as the state as a whole failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets for the 2009-10 school year, according to data released Aug. 12 by the Virginia Department of Education.
    No local school divisions met the criteria, either, though the majority of individual schools did in the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

  • Sylvatus Ruritans to hold flea market

    The Sylvatus Ruritan Club will host its annual Labor Day Flea Market, Sept. 3–6.
    Proceeds from the event go to support projects in the community.

  • Artist paints parkway every day

    Artist Janet Wimmer has dubbed herself Parkway Painter and Blue Ridge Daily Painter on her blog — and she intends to make that stick.
    Wimmer, who will have her artwork on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts beginning Sept. 9 and running through October, has set out to paint one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway each day, Monday through Friday, for a year — and she has almost met that goal.

  • Tide zips to 45-0 win

     Tell your time of possession to shut up.

    Giving new meaning to the term ‘hurry-up offense,’ Galax showed some impressive quick-strike capability Friday night, opening the 2010 season with a 45-0 blanking of Northwood in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide’s six scoring drives averaged an entire 18 seconds in duration and less than two plays in length. Its final touchdown came on a marathon march of four snaps, dragging on and on for some three minutes and 15 seconds.

  • Blue Devils roll Trojans 34-14

     INDEPENDENCE - –– Alleghany scored the first and last touchdown in a game against the Grayson County Blue Devils last Friday night but what happened the rest of the game doomed the Trojans. 

    Behind a torrid defense, the Blue Devils handed the Trojans a 34-14 setback in a nondistrict game that was filled with penalties. 

  • Bassett boots Carroll County with last-second FG

     HILLSVILLE –– Zach Atwood’s 26-yard field goal as time expired spoiled a gutsy Carroll County effort and lifted Bassett to a 17-14 nondistrict win over the Cavaliers in the season opener for both teams Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Carroll County had knotted the score at 14-14 on Logan Hodges’ 1-yard run and Ulises Moreno’s PAT with 1:59 remaining.