Today's News

  • Test changes drive down math scores

    HILLSVILLE — Changes to the Standards of Learning math test drove spring pass rates down, but the Carroll schools’ testing czar believes the scores will rise again.
    Beverly Parker reported on the spring preliminary SOL testing results at the July 10 school board meeting.

  • Bridge is part of new Hillsville walking trail

    HILLSVILLE — Two recent actions have started educators down the path of building a new walking trail at the Carroll County Schools Farm next to Hillsville Elementary School.
    The New River Highlands Resource, Conservation and Development Council, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Carroll schools’ agriculture teachers and students recently installed a small stream crossing bridge at the site that will become part of the recreational trail.

  • Independence interviews seven town manager candidates


    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has begun its search for a new town manager.
    Independence has been without a manager since Kenneth Vaught retired on June 30.
    He announced in May that he would retire, but said he had no future plans. Vaught, who lives in Alleghany County, N.C., became town manager on Dec. 8, 2003.

  • Police call for tougher firearms background checks

    The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement organizations are seeking tougher background checks on firearms buyers.
    The association and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence said they want to ensure that criminals already prohibited by law from possessing guns also are prevented from obtaining them.

  • Carroll citizens push for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County have a pool and should the question be put on the election ballot in a referendum this fall?
    That’s what Supervisor Bob Martin asked other officials at Monday’s county board meeting.
    Interest in putting a public pool back in service in Carroll County arose shortly after Lisa Payne Delp dedicated a Facebook group to the topic July 7.

  • Tornow, Bays marry

    David and Susi Tornow of Galax announce the marriage of their daughter, Katherine Valler, to Dustin Gene Bays, son of Donnie and Nancy Bays of Weber City.

    The bride was graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of arts degree and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
    She is employed as a mental health clinician at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.
    The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College.
    He is employed as director of internal audit at the Bank of Botetourt.

  • Public record for 7/18/12 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 17-June 22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/18/12

    It’s your responsibility
    I’m calling in regard to “hire a lawyer.” Yes, you do have to pay your back child support whether you get custody of your kids or not. It is your responsibility. It is what you already owed before you had custody of the kids. So, yes, you do still have to pay your back child support.

    Bad math

  • UPDATED — More blasting planned for I-77 in Carroll


  • Patrick Smith named new Declaration editor


    INDEPENDENCE — Patrick H. Smith has been named the new editor of The Declaration.

    He succeeds former editor Tina E. Vaughn, who is pursuing a career as a fiction writer. Vaughan had her first novel, “No Sweeter Love,” published earlier this year and is working on a follow-up.

    Some of Smith's work will also appear in The Gazette, a sister publication of The Declaration.