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Today's News

  • Take time to gather

    As children, we can’t wait till we are teenagers. Age 16 comes and we can’t wait to be 21. Twenty-one comes and we can’t wait to be 30.

    On it goes, waiting to retire, and even that has been extended.

    Each year we lose someone we care about to death. The gathering for that, too, is growing smaller and smaller.

    In the 1980s, people began wanting a sense of belonging and the search for generations past became a must in nearly every family.

  • Papershapers

    HILLSVILLE — Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq get a regular care package containing greetings from Hillsville with love.

    The return address is "From Our Hearts."

    A senior activities group, crafters known as the Papershakers, at the Carroll Wellness Center becomes a miniature greeting card factory when they meet in the aerobics room every month.

    The group, facilitated by Stampin' Up! crafting demonstrator Karen "Kavi" Coulson, started out making cards with their own hands for their personal use.

  • Planning vs. the status quo

    HILLSVILLE — Having listened patiently to two planners speak for more than two hours about why Carroll County should update its vision for the future, citizen Phillip McCraw used the last few minutes of the kickoff meeting to say what was on his mind.

    Mike Chandler of Chandler Planning and Bruce Peshoff of Planning Works shared the reasons for updating Carroll's comprehensive plan, the goals, the methods and the process on Jan. 14 in the county's high school cafeteria, but McCraw noted he's already experiencing some frustration when it comes to planning issues.

  • Thomas responds to delay

    INDEPENDENCE — Times may be tough fiscally in Grayson County, but school leaders remain optimistic that their facilities improvement plan will save taxpayers money in the long run.

    Earlier this month, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution postponing Phase II of the school system's long-range facilities improvement plan, which includes additions and renovations to Independence Elementary and a new school similar to the one being built in the western end of the county.

  • Celebrating King's Dream

    Churches in the community united on Jan. 17 at Gospel Temple #2 in Galax to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the progress in Civil Rights that has been made throughout the years.

    Even though the event is held annually, the black community had something new to celebrate — the election of the first black president.

  • New River 'icebergs' break loose, cause damage

    A campground and several fishing areas have been destroyed along the New River after enormous pieces of ice broke apart and drifted downstream early this week.

    New River Trail State Park rangers are blaming the destruction on wildly shifting temperatures, mixed with near record snowfall last month.

    The area saw anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow in December, followed by single digit temperatures for several weeks.

  • Bobcats thwart Carroll rally

    RADFORD -- Carroll County trailed for virtually the entire game until forcing overtime with a late rally, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 54-49 to Radford in a nondistrict game Wednesday. After taking its only lead in regulation by scoring the game’s first two points, Carroll County (10-3) faced its largest deficit of the game, 37-27, with less than six minutes to play before staging a furious rally.

  • Devils add to MED lead

    INDEPENDENCE -- Sometimes it happens early, sometimes it happens late, but it almost always seems to happen.

  • Restrictions stick at Carroll Industrial Park

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Industrial Park's development restrictions lacked one day of expiring before county officials renewed them for another 20 years, much to the consternation of two businessmen.

    The Carroll supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority held a public hearing on the covenants on Jan. 11, one day before the 20-year period on the restrictions would have expired.

    Without the approval of the two boards, the county would not have been able to put the covenants in place again, County Attorney Jim Cornwell said near the end of the discussion.

  • Virginia seeks halt to testing benchmarks

    If Virginia gets its way, the requirement that pass rates on state tests increase each year will screech to a near halt.

    A centerpiece of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation is that all schools will need to reach 100 percent proficiency on state tests by 2014. Virginia has required increases of a few percentage points annually or biennially for schools to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” toward that mandate.