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Today's News

  • Motley, Goins honored in SWD

    HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County coach Marc Motley was named the Southwest District girls’ basketball coach of the year and Kayla Goins earned a spot on the first team in all-district voting released this week.

    The Lady Cavs had one second-team pick and one honorable mention selection, while in boys’ balloting, the Cavaliers had one second-team pick and two honorable mention choices.

  • Burris wins state, advances to regional hoop shoot contest

    CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Caleb Burris is boldly going where one Burris has gone before.

    Burris, a fourth-grader at Gladeville Elementary School, will represent Galax Elks Lodge #2212, the Southwest District and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the Regional Hoop Shoot Contest in Frederick, Md., on March 21. Burris qualified for the honor by winning the 10-11 age group at the state contest, held at St. Anne’s Belfield School on March 1.

    Burris is the son of Ricky and Sarah Burris. His brother, Seth, was a state champion last year and advanced to the regional contest.

  • A tale of two Bulls

    Team Red Bull is on the rise, while at the same time taking steps backwards as well.

    The team that fields two Toyota Camrys in the Sprint Cup Series has two completely different scenarios brewing.

    On one side, Brian Vickers (former driver of the No. 25 at Hendrick Motorsports), is in contention for a Chase berth, sitting 11th after a top-five finish at Atlanta this past weekend.

  • Inauguration Celebration

    Amidst the rejoicing, Tuesday's historic inauguration brought back memories of a long struggle for the black community in Galax.

    Alfreda Robinson and Wilma Kyle remember when they were not allowed to attend prom, couldn't swim in the community pool and had to sit in the balcony during movies at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

    Carrie Robinson recalls having to gather and carry coal to the pot-belly stove that heated the elementary school and having to use outdoor restrooms.

  • Construction Reduction

    The national credit crunch has idled some construction crews around the Twin Counties, according to a count of permits issued by local building officials' offices.

    In Carroll County alone for 2008, new housing starts fell by more than a quarter from the year before.

    From January to mid-December of this year, the number of building permits issued totaled 98, paperwork from the building official's office shows. That same construction category amounted to 169 for 2007.

    That's a decline of 42 percent.

  • Pencil artist preserves country memories

    It’s just not like the good old days when times were stress-free.

    Kids spent their time on the farm chasing fireflies, playing hide-and-seek, milking cows and riding horses; and at school, kids played jump rope and tag.

    Now all that's left is memories — Pat Robinson's inspiration for pencil drawings of country settings.

  • Public record for 2/27/09 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Richard Allen Weatherman of Galax, guilty of slander and libel; pay $50 fine and $61 costs.

  • 'Spirit Harbor' opposition continues

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed 252-site senior recreation park in Mouth of Wilson tomorrow, Thursday — and more opposition continues to be heard.

    Brian Hyder is a landowner in the Fox Knob Community, and has property that adjoins Fox Knob Road for about four-tenths of a mile. He is one of many neighbors that are worried about the potential impact “Spirit Harbor” would have on the community.

  • Independence backs Spirit Harbor plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council members on Tuesday said a proposed Christian recreational park for seniors that could be constructed seven miles from the town limits would boost Independence's economy.

    "Spirit Harbor" managing member Joe Weddington described the controversial project during a town council meeting Tuesday.

    Several Grayson residents and neighbors to the proposed 148-acre park site have voiced opposition to the developers' plans.

  • A big plate of pork

    We've heard a lot of legislators griping lately about the amount of "pork" — spending that benefits a few, usually in the sponsoring politician's home district — in the new federal stimulus package.

    But one man's pork is another's prize. Think about this: all the dire local needs in the Twin Counties — better roads, money for school construction and teachers, funding for utility projects to drive the economy — probably seem pretty porky to politicians from other parts of the nation, but this is the stuff we beg for.