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Today's News

  • Virtual school took advantage of Carroll

    When Virginia’s first statewide virtual school opened in 2009, it looked to be a good deal for the private operator and its host, Carroll County, but a bad deal for state taxpayers.
    Now the Carroll County School Board has concluded it’s getting a raw deal, too, and voted to end its contract with the for-profit K12 Inc.

  • Arrest Reports 5/13/13

    Those pictured have been charged but not convicted, and should be considered innocent until resolved by the court.

  • Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Deputies rescue woman lost in woods

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies assisted a 72-year-old woman who got lost in the woods near 579 Volunteer Road on May 7 at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies had received a report from concerned neighbors about the woman, who had gone for a walk without her cell phone or a flashlight about 2.5 hours before.
    Corporals Barry Lineberry and David Walls and Deputy Cody Edwards responded to the scene.

  • Police look into suspicious fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    A May 8 fire in Carroll County is under investigation.
    The Galax Fire Department responded to a call at 400 Potrock Road after midnight last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding completely destroyed by the flames.
    The outbuilding appeared to be abandoned, along with the trailer that sat in front of the building, according to firefighter Chris Hennis.

  • Police warn of fake $20 bills

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Galax Police Department is warning the public about reports of counterfeit $20 bills received by several local businesses.
    A local bank reported seeing several of these counterfeit bills turned in by local merchants, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox. The merchants, he said, are unaware that the money they are turning in to the bank is counterfeit.

  • Fridley, Brown top Dannelly field

    One of the more popular running events among Twin County and regional athletes had a distinctly local flavor at the awards presentation Saturday.

    Runners hailing from Galax filled the top three overall female finishing positions and two of the top three male spots at the New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly 10K run, sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department and held on the New River Trail State Park.

  • Dreams of my son

     As parents we all have dreams about our kids’ futures. We hope to pinch ourselves some day, wake up from those dreams and find that our progeny have made themselves into this or that, that they are successful, respected and on their way to doing better than we did. 

  • Grayson uses huge start to win 26-1

     BASTIAN –– Grayson County opened the game with 11 runs in the top of the first inning Thursday and cruised to a 26-1 Mountain Empire District baseball win over Bland County.