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Today's News

  • Public water customers sought in Grant community

    Representatives of the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission are knocking on doors in the Grant community, passing out information and informing citizens that they can become customers of the public water project under construction in western Grayson County.

    Through Dec. 30, citizens from Troutdale to Grayson Highlands School, from Grant and those living along a Grange Hall Road loop can sign user agreements and pay a $50 deposit to become customers of the public water system, said Assistant Grayson County Administrator Mitch Smith.

  • Carroll considers construction manager

    HILLSVILLE — Hiring a construction manager for the Carroll schools' phase III renovation work could save time, money and headaches through more intense oversight through the planning and building effort, according to a presentation from Skanska to the school board Tuesday.

    The presentation from the construction and development company continues the Carroll County School Board's planning process as educators investigate the possibilities of significantly renovating the high and intermediate schools and building a new facility in two different options.

  • Fries Middle School to keep mascot, colors

    INDEPENDENCE — A call from a concerned community member in Fries sparked a brief discussion on whether the town's middle school would keep its school colors and mascot after renovations and additions are complete.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas notified the school board Nov. 9 that a call had come from a community member regarding two issues at the school.

    The first, she said, was that the large oak tree in front of the school would be cut down for parking.

  • Keith Barker named Galax city manager

    After serving as interim city manager for a couple of months, Keith Barker's position will become permanent.

    Galax City Council appointed Barker the new city manager following a closed meeting on Monday night. Barker will replace former city manager Keith Holland, who resigned in September.

    A graduate of Virginia Tech and a licensed architect, Barker has worked for the city for 17 years, serving as a building official for 10 years and then head of the engineering department.

  • Grayson seeks FMS improvements

    INDEPENDENCE — If Grayson County is not fully accredited division-wide following the current school year, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.

    The school system has eight of its nine schools fully accredited, with Fries Middle School receiving warnings in English and math. Now, school administrators are working closely with faculty, parents and the Virginia Department of Education to bring the final school above the benchmark.

  • triskaidekaphobia: irrational fear of the number 13

    Halloween is a fortnight’s ghostly memory away, but the superstitious still have today, Friday the 13th, to dread.

    But why does this auspicious day hold relevance?

    Surely, if the Bogeyman exists, he can’t be content to play during Halloween alone.

    Is there fact behind the bad luck occurrences or is it all just coincidence and circumstance?

    As with many things in Western culture, 13 originally got its unlucky reputation from Norse mythology — not by a guy in a hockey mask in a horror movie.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/16/09

    GHS sportsmanship applauded

    This letter was addressed to Galax High School Principal Bill Sutherland and was copied to Galax school leaders.

    I am writing to share something that occurred after the Nov. 6 football game at Galax High School … because what happened is nothing I had ever experienced at any high school event.

    As I was leaving the field with three Narrows High School football assistant coaches, we walked up the steps through the lingering home crowd that had just watched a great performance from their Maroon Tide players.

  • Public record for 11/18/09 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Brandi Lee Begley of Cana, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $50 fine and $91 costs.

  • Hidden Valley brings Cavaliers’ season to end

    HILLSVILLE -- Grit and determination kept Carroll County reasonably close in its Region IV volleyball quarterfinal match against Hidden Valley.

  • Maroon Tide reaches semis

    Galax’s Region C volleyball quarterfinal was so intense in its final moments that Kemberlea Simmons couldn’t watch.