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Today's News

  • Rabies cases reported in Galax, Carroll

    The Mount Rogers Health District is reminding the public that rabies is an ever-present threat and that everyone should be careful to protect the community by getting rabies vaccinations for their pets.
    So far this year, 15 animals have tested positive for rabies in the district: one raccoon in Galax; three raccoons, one red fox, one gray fox, and one skunk in Carroll County; one raccoon in Bland County; one cow in Washington County; one cat and one bat in Wythe County; and two raccoons, one gray fox, and one skunk in Smyth County.

  • Backpack Buddies program to return

    Backpack Buddies will, for the second year, begin serving children at Galax Elementary, Galax Middle and Galax High on Sept. 3.
    Last year, Backpack Buddies, a program designed to feed children over the weekend that may go hungry, served 172 Galax children throughout the school year.
    Backpack Buddies is a new, national, community-based program with about 150 organizations in the country that help provide nutritious, non-perishable meals and healthy snacks to children in need.

  • Humane Society to host 'Walk for the Animals'

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society will hold this year’s dog walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Carroll Wellness Center in Hillsville.
    “Walk for the Animals” will be held rain or shine to raise money for spay/neuter assistance and other animal welfare programs.
    Walkers must raise $25 to participate. Those who raise a minimum $50 and pre-register by Aug. 30 will receive a free event t-shirt.

  • 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.