Today's News

  • Carroll school meal prices on the rise

    HILLSVILLE — A federal mandate will cause student meals to go up by a nickel for Carroll’s 2012-2013 school year.
    This is the second year in a row for the increase in order to meet the requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, according to information considered by the Carroll County School Board at its meeting last Thursday.

  • Vaught to resign as town manager


    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Kenneth Vaught resigned his position last week in a letter to Independence Town Council.
    After the regular meeting May 8, town council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
    After a half-hour session, council returned to regular session and Council Member Buddy Halsey made the motion to accept Vaught's resignation, which council approved on a unanimous vote.

  • Hillsville hears opposition to employee contracts, Bottle House purchase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville resident launched a preemptive strike Monday night against two issues that were rumored to be under consideration by town council — the purchase of local landmark the Bottle House and a change to the town code that would place the town manager and police chief on contracts, rather than serving at the pleasure of council.
    Nancy Beasley’s objections came before any formal discussion of either issue.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/16/12

    Trail needs attention
    I have to agree with the caller — the City of Galax does a great job keeping Felts Park looking clean. Downtown Galax has a nice feel for tourism dollars. However, the New River Trail parking lot in Galax is an eyesore. The house they bought for the ranger station and gift shop looks haunted. The orange fencing and cross tiles piled out in the yard look trashy. How can we expect to look like a first class tourist area when our state park is not supporting one of our most popular assets?

  • Carroll connection grows at Ferrum

    HILLSVILLE –– For a wide-eyed kid making the jump from eighth-grade ball straight to the varsity, it must have been nice to have one of Carroll County’s all-time greats to help ease the transition.

    Though the first time around worked out pretty well for then-freshman Rachel Dalton and junior Kayla Goins, the two will have a chance at a do-over this fall.

    Dalton will join Goins on the Ferrum College women’s basketball team, making known her intentions recently at Carroll County High School.

  • Nelson named first-team all-conference

     EMORY –– Emory & Henry College junior tennis player Matt Nelson has been named first-team all-ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) at No. 1 doubles for the recently-completed 2012 season.

    Nelson, a former Galax High School standout and Group A doubles state champion, and teammate Adam Henderson (Abingdon) were two of four Emory & Henry players to pick up first- or second-team all-conference honors.

    Nelson and Henderson were a perfect 9-0 in conference play this season and were 17-2 overall.

  • Grayson picks up pair of wins

      INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County scored 14 runs in the first three innings Tuesday and improved to 7-0 in the Mountain Empire District with a 16-0 shelling of Bland County at GNB Park.

    Run-producing singles by Matt Cornett and Max Rodgers gave the Blue Devils (9-7 overall) a 2-0 lead after the first, and Grayson tacked on five runs on three swings as part of a seven-run second.

  • Hendrick resigns from job after conflict ruling

    UPDATED 5/17/12, 11:45 A.M. — Carroll County Public Service Authority decided in an early morning meeting Thursday to send Rural Development a letter to find out whether the resignation of Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick from Nehemiah Engineering will satisfy the federal agency's concerns about a conflict of interest on Fancy Gap water and sewer inspections. The PSA also adopted a new conflict of interest policy this morning, which applies to construction inspectors.

  • Cavaliers pound Richlands anyway

    WARDELL –– Partial-strength was stout enough for Carroll County.

    Seemingly unaffected by the final effects of last week’s brouhaha at Tazewell, Carroll County dealt quite ably with the absence of one-third of its lineup for Monday’s game at Richlands, jumping on the Blue Tornado early and breezing to a 7-1 Southwest District win at Southwest Virginia Community College.

  • Group A top player getting out of town

    Lawrence Parsons has advanced so much on the basketball floor and done so much for Galax High School hoops that the big guy deserves to get away for a while.

    Like, four years.

    A chance encounter last spring got the wheels turning and Parsons’ outstanding senior season fueled the process, and the Group A state player of the year landed a scholarship to up-and-coming Ohio Christian.

    Parsons signed the necessary paperwork recently at Galax High School, accompanied by OCU coaches Tony Stockman and Jamey Batten.