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Today's News

  • One last hearing set before VDOT closing

    HILLSVILLE — There's time for one last secondary road public hearing before the Virginia Department of Transportation's Hillsville residency closes.

    Residency Administrator Bob Beasley appeared before the Carroll supervisors Jan. 11 to schedule the last such hearing before oversight is transferred to the Martinsville VDOT residency.

    "I can't believe a year has gone by, but it has, and we now have to schedule another public hearing," Beasley told the supervisors.

  • GHS Students Making Transitions

    Students that are a part of transition services at Galax High School admit they just love getting out of school each day.

    But they're not playing hooky. Instead, they're volunteering their time at Kroger, Willing Partners, Goodwill, Backpack Buddies and the Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center to learn new skills.

  • Grayson puts brakes on Phase II school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Red lights are flashing on more than school buses in the Grayson County Public School system, after county leaders halted the next phase of the school’s long-range facilities update plan.

    The decision Thursday is a continuing effort by the county to identify both short- and long-term financial threats, challenges and opportunities.

  • Public record for 1/27/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • 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