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Today's News

  • Library bids allow more work than expected

    HILLSVILLE  — Favorable bids for renovations at Carroll Public Library will pay for more work than county officials had hoped for, Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank explained at the supervisors’ meeting Feb. 13.
    Carroll County had landed a $200,000 grant from Rural Development’s Community  Facilities Program that, along with a $66,700 match, will pay for significant improvements to the library that was built in 1982.

  • Chief: drugs drive city's rising crime rate

    Drugs continue to be the motivating factor in the increase of property and violent crimes in the city, Galax Police Chief Rick Clark told Galax City Council on Feb. 13.
    During 2011, the Galax Police Department recorded 1,375 crimes, compared to 1,242 in 2010 — a 10.7 percent increase.
    “Many are using burglary to feed their drug habit,” said Clark.
    The police department recorded 18,951 calls for service last year — an 18.7 percent increase from 15,965 in 2010.

  • Legislators push to open prison

     

  • Readers' Hotline 2/22/12

    Paying at the pump
    Thank you Mr. Obama and the rest of you Democrats for keeping gas at an all-time “low price.” Oh, goody.
    Editor’s note: The free market determines the cost of gasoline as a commodity. It is not set by the government, although policies may have some indirect bearing.

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  • Where do bills stand at General Assembly's halfway point?

    RICHMOND ― The conventional wisdom about Richmond politics has been turned on its ear this year, as many controversial bills that once were consigned to the legislative dustbin have found new strength thanks to the Republican control of both houses.

    Here’s a look at the landscape as it stands now, just past the deadline for each house to complete action on its respective bills.

    Legislation that has been approved now moves to the other chamber for consideration.

    Still to come: wrangling over the state budget.

  • Teachers take a stand

     

  • Missing teens found

    Two 15-year-olds last seen on Saturday night have been located safely, and the adult they were with is in custody, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The teens, Gabriella Faith Davis and Emma Lee Padgett, left in a vehicle on Saturday night with a 20-year-old woman, Catheryn Denise “Cat” Miller, who police say allegedly robbed a resident of money at Glendale Apartments the same day.

  • Carroll County runs over Richlands for SWD championship

     HILLSVILLE –– Megan Alderman and Lindsay Martin lit it up from the outside, combining for six 3-pointers and leading Carroll County past Richlands 71-47 in the Southwest District girls’ tournament championship game Thursday.

    Martin led all scorers with 18 points for season champion Carroll County (19-4) and Alderman added 11. Taylor Martin scored 10 points for the Cavaliers.

    Carroll County led 32-20 at halftime before putting the game away by outscoring the Blue Tornado 21-6 in the third period.

  • Galax girls stonewall Graham

    BLUEFIELD –– Galax held Graham under double figures well into the second half and won the Mountain Empire District girls’ tournament championship with  40-27 win over the G-Girls Friday at Graham Middle School.

    Making just 8-of-50 shots from the field wasn’t the only factor that cost the G-Girls, said Graham coach Tracy Raban.

  • Pack, Tide light up Grayson

    BLUEFIELD –– Count on it. Every couple of weeks, Austin Pack is bound to channel his inner Jimmer.

    Having averaged 8.5 points in the nine games since unloading for 29 against Tazewell, the Galax point guard popped in 25 points Friday night, knocking down five 3-pointers and pacing the Maroon Tide in a 68-50 win over Grayson County in the Mountain Empire District boys’ tournament championship game at Graham Middle School.