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Today's News

  • Moore wins Gear Jammer class at Elk Creek Dragway

     ELK CREEK –– One of the most beautiful weekends of the summer greeted fans and racers to Elk Creek Dragway this past weekend, and dealing with a few showers didn’t dampen the spirits of either.

    The Footbrake class kicked off action on Friday night with Robert Neal racing his Pontiac to the win with a 6.98 e.t. at 88 mph. Tim Douglas took the runner-up spot, also in a Pontiac, with a 6.98 e.t. at 90 mph.

  • Thunder in the Valley

    ELK CREEK — Brieanne Hash flips down the amber visor on her black racing helmet, shielding her sparkling blue eyes as she inches toward the starting line at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Her helmet matches her race car, a sleek 1:2 scale replica of the Top Fuel dragsters that run better than 300 mph on quarter-mile tracks across the country. Her machine is polished black with red graphics that appropriately resemble the outline of a bullet.

  • Fancy Gap visitors' center almost ready

    FANCY GAP — Rome wasn't built in a day, but the Romans probably could have taken a few cues from the Fancy Gap visitors' center work.
    Seeming to spring up next to the Pickin' Porch and an electronic kiosk on U.S. 52, first benches appeared as a Boy Scout Eagle and community service project.

  • Woodlawn School's future uncertain

    Even aging school buildings have potential reuses, and Carroll officials want to explore possibilities for Woodlawn once educators and students vacate the facility.
    If nothing else, Woodlawn School — founded more than 100 years ago — sits on real estate that could provide ballfields or even a water park, believes Sam Dickson, the county's at-large supervisor.

  • New year brings new library, tech upgrades

    Galax Elementary School students were greeted this year with a renovated library and two new computer labs paid for with stimulus funds Galax schools received.
    “We've been successful with adequate yearly progress, and we're just trying to go beyond that,” said GES Principal Brian Stuart. “We're just trying to become modern, even if we are in an old building. We're excited.”

  • Alternative energy options explored

    Matthews State Forest near Galax could house alternative energy projects if the Appalachian Regional Commission approves a grant application.
    On Aug. 16, Galax City Council approved a letter of support for the effort after hearing from Gary Boring and Dr. Jim Nuckolls, who are working on the application for an ARC Alternative Energy Grant for the New River Highlands Resource Conservation District.

  • Car plows into store

    HILLSVILLE — Ruth Smith of Hillsville was at the wheel of a 1993 Ford Mustang when she hit the wrong pedal while pulling up to Guynn Hardware at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    There's evidence — a crushed downspout — at the scene on Main Street that the car scraped the building next door before smashing through the hardware store's plate glass window and breaking out several masonry blocks, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Mount Airy man charged with break-in

    HILLSVILLE — A 25-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man has been charged with a larceny in Sylvatus, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.
    Charged in connection with larceny of a camper and a break-in was Melvin Shane Clodfelter, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Sheriff's office personnel gathered information that resulted in the location of a piece of property owned by the victim, the sheriff said. That in turn led to Clodfelter's arrest.
    Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Shannon Goad obtained the information.

  • Sizemore, Siford to wed

    Caleb Sizemore and Kellie Siford announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. at Snow Hill Baptist Church.

    A reception will follow.
    Family and friends are invited.

  • Russells celebrate 60th anniversary

    Joe and Edith Russell of Baywood celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Aug. 13.

    They were married Aug. 13, 1950, in York, S.C.
    They have three children, including a daughter, Barbara Bishop of Willis; and sons Jesse Russell of Baywood and Jerry Russell of Woodlawn.