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Today's News

  • Tide, Devils looking for a turnaround

    They call it swinging the heavy bat.

    Baseball players do it, warming up in the on-deck circle, swinging a bat with weights inside of it, or a bat with a detachable weight on the end. Swing the heavy bat long enough, and the normal bat seems light as a feather.

    Patrick County was Galax’s heavy bat, and Hazard, Ky. served as Grayson County’s donut. Because when the Maroon Tide hosts the Blue Devils Friday in the renewal of their Mountain Empire District rivalry, the load will seem a lot lighter than it has on recent Fridays.

  • Cavaliers go for sixth straight win over Marion

    HILLSVILLE –– It seems like the prudent thing to do in these days of economic downsizing –– getting to one’s destination via a smaller model than what one has grown accustomed.

    The Marion football team is no different.

    A year ago, the Scarlet Hurricane reached the Region IV Division 3 finals behind the wheel of what amounted to a Hummer and a Crown Victoria, as powerful fullback Tommy Lyon and high-performance Jordan Burrows combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards.

    This year, Marion is getting pretty much the same results from a Prius.

  • No title, but Tide plays on

    DRAPER –– For a golf team accustomed to playing for championships, second place never looked so good to Galax.

    Seemingly out of contention at one point for one of the two available state tournament berths, Galax’s superior depth came through in the form of its fifth- and sixth-seeded players, Dustin Thompson and Eddie Hanks, as the Maroon Tide squeaked into the second spot by two strokes over Radford at the Region C tournament Tuesday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

  • Littrell weighs in on closed meetings

    HILLSVILLE — As a candidate for the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Tom Littrell campaigned on having more open county meetings and using closed sessions as sparingly as possible.

    After sitting in on both open and closed sessions, Littrell the supervisor believes that county officials have correctly and appropriately used exemptions allowed by law.

    The point was raised recently by citizen Mike Goldwasser, as closed sessions have related to land deals by Carroll’s governing bodies.

  • Weststar deeds pump station to Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — An arrangement between developers and Carroll County over a pumping station near Interstate 77 has been reached.

    In a press release Monday, Carroll officials said that the board of supervisors and public service authority have reached “an exceptionally reasonable agreement” regarding the pump station at the intersection of I-77 and U.S. 58.

    The pump station property was located on land that Weststar Investments LLC bought at the intersection.

  • Board seeks input on school chief hiring

    The Galax City School Board will seek citizen input on the qualifications they desire in a new schools superintendent.

    The board has started the process of hiring a new superintendent to replace Sam Cook, who will retire at the end of 2008. Cook has been a superintendent of Galax schools since July 1, 1996, and is retiring after more than 42 years in public education.

  • Dog loses leg in bear attack

    TROUTDALE — A family's dog is left with three legs after she was attacked by a bear last week within 500 feet of a popular playground where children were playing.

    Scarlett McGrady of Troutdale said it happened last Friday.

    McGrady was in Galax around 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 and called her house to tell her children she would be late getting home from work.

    “My daughter, Cheyenne answered the phone telling me that something had just happened to Xenia [the family's Siberian Husky] at the playground and she was bleeding,” she said.

  • VDOT to fix 58 trouble spot

    HILLSVILLE — The fix will soon begin, weather permitting, on a steep spot on U.S. 58 known for car accidents where pooling water causes vehicles to hydroplane.

    That's what the portable electronic message boards on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn mean when they flash that a "federal safety project" will begin soon.

    Johnny Hurst, the Virginia Department of Transportation's contract administrator in the Hillsville residency office, said the project competed with other road safety projects for federal grant dollars and won.

  • Our House

    The new coordinator of the Mount Rogers Powerhouse Clubhouse plans to match the improvements in downtown Galax with positive changes at the facility on Main Street.

    Rick Whisenhunt, the newly named coordinator and local who graduated from Galax High School in 1996, wants to boost visibility of clubhouse members in the community.

    Powerhouse is a daytime-only service center for individuals who need a little extra support in a friendly family atmosphere, he said.

    “The main thing with us is helping people with the extra challenges they face each day.”

  • Carroll welcomes AmeriPumps' investment, new jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia economic development officials joined in the celebration of a transportable pump manufacturer and distributor in the Carroll Industrial Park at a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30.

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick Gottschalk, representing Gov. Tim Kaine, wielded a pair of scissors to welcome the 125 jobs and $4.5 million investment AmeriPumps will bring to Hillsville and Carroll County.