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Today's News

  • Carroll holds hearing on hiring new school chief

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board held a hearing April 11 to hear public comments on the upcoming appointment of a division superintendent for Carroll County Public Schools, following the July 1 retirement of Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

    One citizen spoke at the hearing and urged the board to look at “the small things” and the character of the candidates when it came to hiring a replacement.

  • Car runs into house on Tower Road

    A home on Tower Road in Galax was left needing extensive repairs after a car crashed into it, knocking out a large chunk of wall at 12:50 a.m. on April 27, according to Virginia State Trooper S. Kenney.

    A 2004 Ford Focus, driven by a juvenile, was traveling along Tower Road when he apparently swerved off the right side of the road to avoid a deer, said Kenney. The car went off the road and into the front of a private residence.

    Nobody was injured in the incident, but the car was totaled and the house suffered extensive damage.

  • TCRH embraces new mission for future

    Since 1973, Twin County Regional Healthcare has proudly served the healthcare needs of people throughout the Twin County area and surrounding communities. As part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, we are building upon this legacy and strengthening our hospital for the future.

    We are fortunate that Duke LifePoint shares our commitment to improving the overall health and wellbeing of our communities, and ensuring that people here have access to quality care close to home.

  • Two charged in Baywood break-in

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Two suspects face several charges in connection with a break-in that occurred in the Baywood community on April 19.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Hunter Wayne Dixon, 22, of Galax, and Toni Lynn Brown, 27, of Rich Creek, were arrested April 26 in Giles County.

    The suspects allegedly gained entry to a Baywood residence and took several firearms, jewelry and a 1997 Jeep Cherokee, according to the release.

  • Schools seek $4.4 million from Galax

    Galax City Public Schools are asking for $4.4 million in local money for fiscal year 2018, according to a request made by Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill at the April 24 city council meeting.

    The school system’s budget is up 1.3 percent overall, according to documentation from the schools. Fiscal year 2018’s total budget is $15.6 million, up $202,248 from this year’s $15.4 million.

  • Operation: Taco Tuesday (on Saturday)

    Larry Thompson IV always waves when he sees Galax Police cars, and lately the 7-year-old had an even better idea of how to thank local “policemans” for their service.

    Last week, Larry came up with a plan and enlisted his aunt for a very important mission: Operation Taco Tuesday (on Saturday) — feeding police officers at the Galax Police Department.

  • No injuries in Carroll bus crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Carroll County school bus was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday. The bus was full of students at the time of the accident, but no injuries were reported.

    According to reports from Officer Shannon Goad with the Hillsville Police Department, crews were dispatched to the accident at 1691 Carrollton Pike around 4 p.m. on May 2. The accident occurred at the second traffic light after the Interstate 77 underpass on U.S. 58 West, heading towards Galax.

  • Maroon Tide roars past Fort Chiswell 13-3

    Having hammered Fort Chiswell by 22 runs three weeks earlier, Galax had to rally for the lead in the fifth before erupting for a 13-3, six-inning softball win in a Mountain Empire District game Tuesday at Mountain View Park.

  • Richlands pitches, hits its way past Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE –– Richlands belted out five runs in a game-breaking second inning Tuesday and rolled to a 12-4 Conference 39 win over Grayson County at the Grayson Rec. Park.

  • Cavaliers drop Cougars 3-2

    HILLSVILLE –– Senior night is normally observed on the final home date of the season. Though Carroll County’s girls’ soccer team still has two home matches remaining, the Cavaliers’ 10 seniors – and some key underclassmen – made sure Tuesday that their time on friendly soil would extend at least one more game.

    Carroll County held off Pulaski County 3-2 in a River Ridge District match at Tommy Thompson Field, all but solidifying a home game in the first round of the Conference 24 tournament.