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Today's News

  • Carroll Minors ousted; Boys, Junior Boys, Majors to begin play

     Carroll County American’s state tournament run ended early, but four other local teams begin their quests for world series berths today and tomorrow as Dixie baseball state tournament action hits high gear.

    In the AAA (9-10s) state tournament in Keysville, Carroll County American got off to a great start before bowing out of the event with an 0-2 record. Carroll County jumped out to an 11-7 lead over Dinwiddie American three innings into the tournament opener, but Dinwiddie broke the game open with a 10-run rally and coasted to a 23-12 win.

  • Alabama-bound

     SOUTH BOSTON –– And you thought it was hot in South Boston.

    For Carroll County folk, an excursion off the mountain to just about anywhere away from the moderate climes of home means a much more muggy destination lay ahead. And while Halifax County might have seemed just a tad sultry, southern Alabama may come across as downright oppressive this time of year.

    A bunch of 15- and 16-year-olds from the county can’t wait to find out for themselves.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/29/09

    Festival was a let-down

    For many years I have been coming up from Florida to the joyful Galax Leaf & String Festival.

    This year the music was very much reduced, making it less attractive for visitors.

    Also, it was strange to have unknown groups on the stage while top ones like Whitetop Mountain Band and Slate Mountain Ramblers had to play in the street. It must have been insulting to them.

    I sure hope it will be better next year. I love Galax and old-time music!

    Jack Shaver

    Hollywood, Fla.

  • Upsides & Downsides

    In politics, the two sides in a debate take the same information and make it look as good or as bad as possible in an effort to convince others that only their view is right.

    When considering the growing debt held by the Carroll County Public Service Authority, there's certainly room for debate.

    The upsides include possible economic development, growth and jobs. The only downside appear to be the cost.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/6/09

    Trash service worth price

    This letter is in response to the June 24 Hotline comment, “Defending Our Junk.”

    I grew up in Grayson County, and have returned here after being away for 45 years. I love the area and my home, but the Hotline comments frequently make me question the wisdom of my

    decision to retire here.

    “Moving back to where I came from” isn’t an option for me or most newcomers to our area. If we left, this is what would happen:

  • Trash fee more fair now

    The purpose of local government and public hearings is to give all tax-paying citizens a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.

    Recently, Grayson County held a public hearing to receive comments on a controversial proposed trash collection fee.

    More than 40 people packed the board room, and 21 of them stepped to the podium to express their problems with the fee.

    While some ideas were far-fetched — such as raising the tax levy even more and removing the fee all together — others were valid.

  • Carnival mystery solved

    Despite the broken tradition of a carnival for this July 4th week, people packed the Felts Park stands for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's other attractions — such as the lawn mower race, demolition derby, parade, fireworks and motorcycle stunts — said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Firefighters appreciated the support, given the pressure they were under last week. The department contracted with Tolve Amusements — or so it thought — to bring a carnival to town last week.

  • Swine flu exposure confirmed

    HILLSVILLE — Neither staff nor residents of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center have shown signs of sickness after potentially being exposed to a case of swine flu.

    The Mount Rogers Health District has confirmed that a case of swine flu has been found in its five-county and two-city coverage area, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax.

    The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic in the spread of the H1N1 virus to more than 70 countries and killed 170 people in the United States.

  • Carroll schools shuffle principals

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has reshuffled many administrative jobs in between school years this summer.

    Personnel are still working to fill the vacancies at Carroll County High School created by the departures of both Principal Robbie Patton and Assistant Principal William Austin.

    The Carroll County School Board is expected to act on those positions at its July 14 meeting.

  • IDA denies Log Cabin Homes site plan

    HILLSVILLE — If the Industrial Development Authority is going to provide space in the industrial park for Log Cabin Homes, then at least Carroll should get some jobs out of it, county officials indicated Monday.

    As promised, Tom Vesce, owner of Log Cabin Homes, returned to the Carroll IDA with a revised site plan for his proposed timber drying yard in the county's industrial park.