Today's News

  • Can Do Spirit

    HILLSVILLE — If life gives you extra broccoli, then why not use the Carroll County cannery to make broccoli soup, Judy Dalton asks.

    All the ingredients to do more with the cannery already exist, notes the Laurel Fork resident and long-time user. Carroll County has a bounty of locally grown food and processing facilities, so the potential is there.

  • Twin titles for Tide

    SALEM -- A little more than 10 years ago, Galax High School hosted a wrestling clinic, introducing to anyone interested in it the new sport that the school was offering.

  • Seven locals earn podium finishes

    SALEM -- Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax combined to send 14 wrestlers to the Group A and AA state tournaments, held concurrently on eight mats at the Salem Civic Center.

  • Tide rolls up sleeves for win

    BUENA VISTA -- Hustle and defense never go through a shooting slump, and they don’t have an off night. They are either there, or they’re not. Both were there for Galax on Tuesday.

  • Galax bounces back, wins by 14

    Galax entered the Region C Division 1 basketball tournament having lost four of its previous eight games. The Maroon Tide played its region opener like it realized .500 teams don’t last very long at this point in the season. Dominating the second and fourth quarters, Galax rolled into tonight’s region semifinals with a thorough 54-37 drubbing Wednesday of Covington.

  • Parkway closed due to weather

    Blue Ridge Parkway officials announced the temporary closing of most sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall along the entire length of the parkway.

    Travel is not advisable on the recreational road.

    Although parkway staff is working to open sections of the road with available equipment, many sections have enough snowfall to cause delays in reopening.

    The temporary closure is necessary for the safety of visitors and parkway staff and is in effect “during the current period of inclement weather,” the parkway said.

  • AmerLink official admits fraud

     WILMINGTON, N.C. ee* A senior official with AmerLink log home manufacturing pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to committing bankruptcy fraud, apparently in an effort to keep the company on track for reorganization instead of a liquidation, according to a press release from a U.S. District Attorney's Office.

  • School plan could save millions

    HILLSVILLE — Financial analysts believe there's a way for Carroll schools to finish and pay for its facility improvement program without raising taxes, but time to take advantage of potential savings will run out by the end of the year.

    Federal Recovery Act measures — like the government helping localities pay more than a third of the interest on Build America Bonds — will change in 2011, according to a presentation to the Carroll School Board Tuesday by Joe Niggel of Southwest Securities and Brent Jeffcoat of McGuire Woods.

  • APCo bill passes House 98-0

    RICHMOND — Legislation introduced by Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) to end Appalachian Power Co.'s ability to impose interim rates passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

    House Bill 1308 passed without a single vote cast in opposition and Carrico noted how important it is to protect customer's bills.

    "I am pleased to see the unanimous support from my House colleagues on this bill," Carrico said. "This legislation has always been about coming together to help the people of Southwest Virginia in a difficult time."

  • Crooked Road gains national attention

    FLOYD — For a few hours Wednesday, men and women in suits and dress clothes filled a dance floor usually reserved for mountain cloggers.

    At the Floyd Country Store, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named The Crooked Road — a heritage trail linking towns and music venues in Southwest Virginia — one of 2010’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.