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Today's News

  • SWVTC recognizes volunteers of the year

    HILLSVILLE — The community and the Southwestern Virginia Training Center strengthen each other.

    That was the message at the training center's volunteer reception dinner April 23, as officials recognized the special efforts of a handful of community members and thanked the residents for their work for the good of the community.

  • Letter to the Editor for 5/18/09

    Junk yard ruining Cana

    I was entering Cana on U.S. 52 North and I noticed a sign that read “Entering Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Region.”

    This sign is located right next to the biggest eyesore in Carroll County.

    I have counted a total of five fields full of junked buses, fire trucks, ambulances and garbage trucks. If we are supposed to be the Entrepreneur Region of Virginia, then we must clean our county up and hide this eyesore.

  • Carroll studies wind power

    HILLSVILLE — Locals are used to thinking of Carroll County as a windswept place — and researchers studying wind energy production say that's partly true.

    It's not unusual to hear about wind knocking down high-profile vehicles on Interstate 77. The latest incident just happened, when gusts caused a loaded trailer to shift, roll and wreck. 

    Fancy Gap residents say wind and fog are the community's weather issues.

  • AmerLink seeks change of venue

    RICHMOND — A company sued by Carroll County for the return of 32.4 acres used as an incentive in a failed economic development deal has asked that the case be consolidated with AmerLink's bankruptcy.

    The deal with AmerLink was supposed to create 200 jobs and $3 million in investment in Carroll County, but the log home manufacturer only created one job in four years.

    AmerLink, a subsidiary of Harlingen Holdings, had received $600,000 in state incentive funds and the 32.4 acres of land from Carroll County as part of the deal.

  • Schools will get money, but can't keep it all

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of meetings and talks between the Grayson Board of Supervisors and county school board, the school division may get exactly what it requested for the 2009-10 budget.

    But, additional cuts may still be needed.

    The school board submitted a request to the supervisors for level funding — no increase or decrease — for the 2009-10 school budget, in the amount of $4.65 million.

  • Rescue squad seeks answers

    LAMBSBURG — Lambsburg Rescue Squad members want answers as to why they were shut down, and they hope to get them at a community meeting May 29.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lambsburg Rescue Squad building.

    Susie Edwards, secretary/treasurer for the squad, has sent registered letters to the Carroll County supervisors, telling them about the meeting.

    Lambsburg has been in limbo since December 2008, when county officials alleged a breach of protocol by the squad on a heart attack call.

  • Carroll pool closing questioned at hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Listening to just one objection to closing the county pool didn't seem to make much of a splash with the Carroll supervisors at the May 18 public hearing for the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    Projected to cost about $50,000 more to operate than the revenue it would bring in, the pool is the only county service that faces being cut out of the budget completely.

  • Turning The Earth

    HILLSVILLE — When Mark Shockley tends his fields in spring, he's in for a day of grueling, backbreaking fun.

    He calls it "fun," but the truth is what Shockley does to prepare for planting takes a lot of love and labor.

    It hardly felt like spring last Monday as the wind swept over the five acres that Shockley farms with his antique tools, and where he puts on “Old Timey Day” to demonstrate the old-fashion ways after harvest in the fall.

  • Oldtown Pottery launches art school's Phase 2

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts officially began Phase II of its long-range plans with the opening of Oldtown Pottery co-op in downtown Galax on April 1.

    Phase I is well underway with the successful completion of a variety of classes in diverse genres of art, crafts and music.

    Volunteers, board members and staff for CCSA and co-op members have been working for months to prepare membership guidelines, policies, leases and particularly renovations to the pottery studio building.

  • A Mother's Wish Comes True

    All 18-year-old Emily Ogle can think about is making her princess fairy tale come true for her and mom Debbie Ogle, who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

    Emily has it all planned out, as she fantasizes about dressing up in an ball gown and riding with her date through town in a horse-drawn carriage on the way to prom on Saturday.

    “I wanted to be like Cinderella,” said Emily, a junior at Galax High School. “It's just a wonderful time of life.”