Today's News

  • Town water customers could get soaked

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville’s town manager is apologizing to customers for increases in water and sewer rates recommended in the 2012 budget.
    Larry South indicated that he wished it were otherwise, but Hillsville needs to make rate adjustments in light of the facts.

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  • FACE-IT: a community approach to addiction

    John Bigger of Fayetteville, N.C. is project director of FACE-IT

    If someone told you that 10,000 adults had a treatable disease and that 9,000 were going without treatment, would you be concerned?
    That this disease affects 8.25 percent of the county’s adult population, would you be concerned?
    This community has a silent epidemic eating away its resources — destroying families, damaging businesses, giving rise to criminal acts, hindering children’s success, taking lives prematurely.

  • A remedy for rough roads

    City crews will begin road repairs this week now that an asphalt plant in Carroll County has begun production, said Galax City Manager Keith Barker.
    Based on priority, Hospital Drive will first be repaired, along with Country Club Lane and Fries Road.
    City workers will take a look at each road in Galax, said Barker, and will be making repairs over the next three weeks.
    Once asphalt is received, the public works department will start with the major challenges and most-traveled roadways, and then work into residential areas.

  • $15M will pay for scaled-down school project

    HILLSVILLE — “Go forth and bid,” said Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman Tom Littrell on March 28, to school board members anxious to take advantage of $15 million in construction bonds.
    Educators don’t know how much of the construction projects at Carroll County high and intermediate schools the $15 million will cover, but they feel confident that amount won’t pay for all the elements needed at the two facilities.

  • Civil War 150 observances planned in Carroll


  • Facing addiction as a community

    A new program to the area will help strengthen the community’s ability to respond to physical and financial impacts of substance abuse and addiction, as it aims to recruit volunteers to provide intervention services.

  • Two seek nomination to run in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE — Two Republicans announced during a party meeting March 1 that they will seek nomination to run for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    John Brewer will seek the party’s nomination to run for the Providence district seat. David Sexton will seek the party’s nomination to run for the at-large seat.

  • End of stimulus funding affects school budget

    Galax City Public Schools is working to adapt to budget challenges, as two-year federal stimulus funding ends and enrollment is expected to decline during the next school year, resulting in a loss of state money.
    Because of that, nine positions will be cut, effective June 30. The jobs being cut include one teacher and eight support staff.
    The 2011-2012 proposed budget is based on an anticipated enrollment of 1,250, down from 1,270. The budget totals $12.9 million, a $21,507 increase.

  • Redistricting plans would redraw boundaries