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Today's News

  • Art school schedules fall classes

    A wide variety of classes are available this fall through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax.
    Class sizes are limited. Deposit required to hold spot.
    Some classes are suitable for teens and children.
    Some of the class themes are: beginner lap dulcimer, guitar, flatpicking, intermediate fiddle, hammer dulcimer, writing basics for novel/memoir, acrylics, pastel painting, drawing for kids, watercolors, digital photography, drawing, painting of oil portraits and figures in Classic style, youth printmaking, youth watercolor.

  • Museum seeking GHS yearbooks

    The Jeff Matthews Museum in Galax is collecting Galax High School yearbooks, and local historian John Nunn is hoping alumni will bring some forward to add to that collection.
    So far, the museum has collected four yearbooks — years 1947 through 1950 — that were found at a local antique shop. Nunn's sister purchased the yearbooks with the thought of starting a collection at the Jeff Matthews Museum.

  • Carroll County Fair 2010

    The 6th Annual Carroll County Fair begins Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market, at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Interstate 77. Gate admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 7-12 and free for children ages 6 and younger.
    For more information, visit: www.carrollcountyvafair.org

    Each Day
    • Petting Zoo
    • Adult and Youth Exhibits
    • Melco Amusements

    Wednesday
    Gates and rides open at 5 p.m.

  • Cavs hang on, win 21-19

     HILLSVILLE –– It is, for all intents and purposes, a scrimmage. A final chance to see what still could use some work before the real games start – things like ball security inside the red zone, and prevent pass coverage in the final minute.

    And it was a good thing that kinks in those aspects of the game haven’t been completely ironed out. Otherwise a huge crowd would have been robbed of a thrilling finish in Carroll County’s 21-19 benefit game win Friday over Galax at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Tourists making Galax their destination

    In the past three months that the Galax Visitors' Center has been opened, it has served 2,500 tourists from across the nation and around the world, center director Ray Kohl told  Galax City Council last Monday.
    Visitors to Galax have came from England, France, Canada, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil and Cuba and Puerto Rico.

  • Streambanks on road to recovery

    HILLSVILLE — Because the U.S. 58 bypass project south of Hillsville plowed under and paved over wetlands, the Virginia Department of Transportation must replace those habitats.
    The requirement set down by the Clean Water Act means that VDOT officials had to seek out places to mitigate the five-mile bypass project's environmental impact.

  • New school lacks ballfield, playground

    Grayson Highlands School opened Aug. 16, but it was without a playground or ball field — and that worries at least one parent and some school board members.
    Grayson County School Board Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway said during a meeting Aug. 9 that the school system needs to grade and level land at the school for a ball field.

  • Face facts, tell story of shootout

    If it's true that for decades that Carroll County people just didn't talk about the 1912 courthouse shootout, maybe it's time for that taboo to change.
    One fact is inescapable as we approach the 100th anniversary: Ignoring the effects of the melee and bloodshed that arose from Floyd Allen announcing that he would defy a court-imposed jail sentence sure hasn't made this bit of Carroll's past go away.
    Perhaps, in a way, it should be embraced.

  • Courthouse shootout play draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — Drama arising from the idea to observe the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout with a play isn't unexpected, says playwright Frank Levering. But he still feels the story needs to be told.
    Questions remain about where a play would be held and who would participate in the observance about the violent confrontation between members of the Allen family and Carroll officials.

  • Governor's panel to help implement health care law

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, an outspoken critic of the federal health care overhaul passed by Congress, has appointed an advisory council to develop strategies for implementing it.
    McDonnell on Monday named 24 members of a Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council, assembling a group that includes hospital and insurance executives, business leaders, state officials and legislators from both parties.