Today's News

  • City moving forward with GES project

    A loan will pay for the first phase of an expansion and remodeling project at Galax Elementary, after city council took action to approve a bond ordinance.

    At their December meeting, council members learned that the city had been approved for a project loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    In January, the city began the process of securing a bridge loan to use as working funds during the GES project’s construction. The USDA loan would then be used to pay off the bridge loan and serve as the loan’s mortgage.

  • Security measures protect schools

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County Public Schools is re-emphasizing the importance of maintaining a secure and safe learning environment by expanding modernized, state-of-the art security systems across the district.

    The measures aren’t in response to recent school shootings, like the incident in Parkland, Fla., but have been an ongoing security measure. The use of these types of systems was first introduced to Carroll schools in 2014, and has been in daily use at Carroll County Middle School (CCMS) for approximately the past 2 years.

  • Grayson hopes to expand broadband

    INDEPENDENCE — A broadband consulting company is discussing a potential plan with Grayson County’s effort to expand high speed internet for the area’s underserved communities in the coming months.

    Sandie Terry, representing Rural Broadband Consulting LLC, met with the Grayson County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 12 and presented a plan of action for expanding the county’s internet access.

  • Union holds off Grayson rally to score upset win

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County cut a big Union lead to four points with a little more than two minutes remaining but the Bears were able to hit their free throws down the stretch and eliminated the Blue Devils 54-45 in the Region 2D quarterfinals last Wednesday.

    Grayson concluded its season with a 21-4 record. Union improved to 17-9 and advanced to Friday’s region semifinals where the Bears bowed out with a 67-47 loss to Gate City.

    Graham upset Gate City on Saturday night, 75-59, for the Region 2D championship.

  • Parry McCluer holds off Galax for 1C crown

    ELLISTON –– Galax came up short in its quest for a region championship, but there is still a lot of basketball to be played. The Maroon Tide need only to have looked across the court Friday night for proof of that.

  • Cavs rally for region title

    HILLSVILLE –– After a long series of wins coming by 30 or 40 or 50 points, Carroll County showed that it can still get down and dirty when circumstances call for it.

    The Cavaliers went from five points down to five ahead in the third quarter Thursday night and claimed the Region 4D girls’ basketball championship with a gutsy 50-40 subduing of William Byrd.

  • Billy Graham: a steadfast voice for Christianity

    During a time when the shifting winds of morality reoriented the nation, the Rev. Billy Graham stood his ground.

    When the culture seemed to marginalize those preaching the message of God’s love, Graham’s voice continued to ring out.

    And when people of all backgrounds — from paupers to presidents — looked for spiritual guidance, they found Graham’s open arms.

  • Readers Hotline 2/26/18

    Don’t be divided
    Creating division within our country is intentional. United we stand, divided we fall. The spirit of cooperation and sharing is strong in these mountains. Let us not forget that we all need one another more than ever. Don’t let divisiveness divide us. We are so much better.

    Littered roadsides

  • Tide clinches state berth

    ELLISTON –– A dedicated group of young athletes, Galax’s girls’ basketball team shows up before school several times a week to lift weights and shoot. The Maroon Tide has apparently grown accustomed to getting some things over with early.

  • Cavs speed past Bruins

    HILLSVILLE –– Part of Carroll County girls’ basketball coach Marc Motley’s responsibilities as a teacher includes on-the-road training for driver’s education students. Without a doubt, he’s enjoying to a much greater degree the smooth ride that his basketball team is currently on.