Today's News

  • Senior program shutting down

    The regional Retired Senior Volunteer Program ended March 31, after its contract for federal funding was not extended.
    District Three Governmental Cooperative is notifying participants in RSVP this week.
    “Our program began 30 years ago in 1984, and at its peak served over 1,000 volunteers,” District Three said in a news release. “The federal funding for the program has never been adequate, and the loss of United Way support in recent years has made it increasingly difficult to meet the local match requirement.”
    The RSVP Program serves about 200 senior volunteers.

  • Grants Supermarket to take old Kroger spot

    Ron Martin, co-owner and CEO of Hometown Grocery LLC, known locally as Grants Supermarket, has just announced plans to locate a new supermarket in the old Kroger building in Galax.

  • Cavs win big; Devils outlast Radford

    DUBLIN –– Led by three hits each from six different players, Carroll County scored early and often, taking a 20-1 lead after three innings and hammering  Pulaski County in a five-inning River Ridge District game.

    Carroll County (1-1) sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring nine runs on seven walks and five hits, including a two-run double off the bat of Kenley Meredith.

    The Cavaliers kept it going with seven runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run double by Reece Edwards.

  • Carroll nips Maroon Tide 4-3

    HILLSVILLE –– Perhaps it was a good thing that Carroll County got its scoring out of the way early. The Cavaliers had to apply their full concentration to holding Galax at bay.

    After bolting to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Carroll County fought off repeated late threats by the Maroon Tide, finally nailing down a 4-3 win in a nondistrict softball game Wednesday night at the Carroll Recreation Park.

  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

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  • Readers' Hotline 4/2/14

    Other needs
    The Carroll County supervisors better be thinking about something else besides a swimming pool. Taxpayers do not want that. We have needs of jobs coming in for all these people that we have to keep up on welfare. They would be the only ones to use it. Try catching the dropped taxes up and get a job in here.

    Shanty town

  • Buses a critical need in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Having received a level funding request from the school system for fiscal year 2014-2015, Carroll County supervisors suggested that educators try to find efficiencies in their other major need — a capital improvement request for new buses.

  • Probation violation sends man to prison


  • Murder trial now faces delay

    INDEPENDENCE — A new trial date has been set for the man charged with first-degree murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.
    Chad Allen Reeves, 31, agreed earlier this month to a speedy trial, meaning his case would be heard in the next five months, but he appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday to waive that right.
    In court March 28, Judge Brett Geisler asked Reeves if he understood that he had the right for a speedy trial, and he said “yes.”

  • MedFit lays off 33 workers in Independence

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Employment Commission confirmed Monday that at least 33 employees at the Med-Fit/Nautilus plant in Independence were laid off last week.
    Galax VEC Manager Bill Webb said the 33 former Med-Fit employees came from various departments at the fitness equipment plant, and that his office was already in the process of helping the displaced workers find new jobs and/or file for unemployment.