Today's News

  • Wind farm plans still up in the air

    HILLSVILLE — As an alternative energy company considers locating a wind farm on Stoots Mountain, the Carroll supervisors appointed a committee to study the issue for the county.
    Supervisor Joshua Hendrick reported to fellow supervisors at a recent meeting that he had already been talking to the state secretary of natural resources about wind energy and related issues.
    From that, Hendrick learned about a model ordinance for utility-scale wind energy projects created by the Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Independence Day Celebrations



  • Readers' Hotline 7/2/12

    First things first
    I’m calling concerning the headline about the localities opposing natural gas company’s plans. We sure don’t need the people of Grayson County operating their own gas pipeline. County officials pretty much can’t operate anything. We built a brand new school we didn’t even need and built it without a playground. Operating a gas pipeline is for people that have common sense. A gas pipeline is serious business. They need to learn how to run the county business before they try to start operating a gas pipeline.

  • Virginia schools exempt from strict AYP standards

    Five more states – including Virginia – have been granted flexibility from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind education law, the Obama administration announced Friday.
    That brings the total number of states receiving waivers to 24. Thirteen other applications are still being reviewed.

  • Ground broken for U.S. 58 expansion

    LAUREL FORK — Two superhighway-related projects will remain in Carroll County after completion of the 8.2-mile widening of U.S. 58 from Laurel Fork to Meadows of Dan, which state and local officials and Branch Highways ceremonially broke ground on Tuesday.

  • Blankenship named new Carroll schools chief

    UPDATED 6/28/12:

  • Grayson deputy recovering after shooting


  • Readers' Hotline 6/27/12

    Pool benefits

  • Linville waives hearing in rape case

    Tropical Tanning Salon owner Jimmy Ray Linville, 51, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years of age, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last Friday.
    Linville was arrested March 28 at his business, located at 209 Oldtown St. in Galax, after the Galax Police Department conducted an investigation.

  • Council working to keep training center open

    HILLSVILLE — Thousands of signatures opposing the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center are on their way to Richmond, collected by the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) throughout the Twin Counties.
    Charlotte Barkley placed the petitions with 5,367 signatures into the hands of Israel O’Quinn, General Assembly delegate representing the 5th District, to take back and share with other state officials.