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Today's News

  • SCC approves 2% APCo surcharge

    For many customers of Appalachian Power Co. feeling knee-capped by their electric bills for December, news from the Virginia State Corporation Commission might feel like the addition of insult to injury.

    Specifically, the SCC announced last Thursday that it had approved an increase in an “environmental and reliability surcharge.”

    The amount approved is less than the increase first sought by Appalachian; the utility had agreed to the lesser amount in October.

  • Galax police warn of scams

    The Galax Police Department has received numerous complaints recently from citizens who have been the victims of Internet fraud. The police department advises that:

    • if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    • unsolicited offers to loan money at low-interest rates should be carefully considered.

    • reputable financial institutions normally do not contact prospective clients via unsolicited email.

  • Carroll emergency board faces changes

    HILLSVILLE — In the past, Carroll officials clarified that the county's Emergency Services Board cannot overturn the suspension of a volunteer without further action of the supervisors.

    At last Monday's meeting, the supervisors clarified all the duties of an ESB member.

    In fact, Carroll officials at their regular January meeting made several changes to the ESB's responsibility in an effort to clarify that group's mission for the county.

  • Winter Wonder

    FANCY GAP — While most people begrudge winter, cold weather crystallizes at least one thing that Terry and Diana Murphy find glorious to behold.

    Every time the temperature dips below 20 degrees, natural patterns of ice form on the windows of their home on Martha's Knob Road in Fancy Gap.

    The long streaks and the feathery fingers of ice look gorgeous. "I just know it's ice crystals," Murphy said. "And it's very pretty."

  • Pioneers rally past Cavs

    MAX MEADOWS -- Heading into the stretch drive of their respective district schedules, Fort Chiswell and Carroll County both needed a get-well game, having dropped 16 of their last 18 games, combined.

  • Carroll AAU team gets rare treat at Virginia Tech game

    BLACKSBURG -- The premise goes that if you practice hard, work hard and believe in yourself, some day you may get to play in a really big college gym in front of a whole lot of people. It happened to a bunch of girls from Carroll County a few years sooner than any may have hoped. The Carroll County 11-under AAU girls’ basketball team had the special privilege of being part of the

  • Hill, Nunn ready to travel

    HILLSVILLE -- While many girls in the area are just beginning to thing about what they plan to do after high school, two Carroll County teens are working diligently toward their goals. Autumn Hill, a 15-year-old Carroll County Intermediate freshman, and Jordan Nunn, a 16-year-old sophomore at Carroll County High School, are hoping to use their athletic abilities to further their education and their careers playing the game they love.

  • Another triple-double for Goins in Cavs’ win

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County senior Kayla Goins posted a triple-double for the second time in three days as the Cavaliers withstood a challenge by Abingdon, taking a 56-46 win in a Southwest District game Friday. Carroll County (11-3 overall, 5-0 district) was outscored in the middle two quarters by the Falcons (3-8, 1-4) and led just 35-34 entering the fourth quarter before pulling away down the stretch.

  • Cavs hit FTs when needed

    HILLSVILLE -- Once again, Carroll County found itself in the middle of a physical, low-scoring dogfight with Graham.

  • Tide clobbers Pioneers by 24

     Galax roared out of the blocks and took a 19-point halftime lead, thumping Fort Chiswell 81-57 in a Mountain Empire District game Wednesday in Galax.