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Today's News

  • Hillsville studies rescue relaunch

    HILLSVILLE — State code does not seem to support the idea that Carroll County has to sign off on reactivating Hillsville Rescue Squad, at least the way town officials read the law.

    Officials closed the Hillsville Rescue Squad four years ago after a former captain inappropriately used an ambulance to haul furniture from Marion, but last year Hillsville Town Council members started a push to revive the agency.

  • Seven seek Galax School Board seats

    As the terms expire in June for Galax School Board vice chairwoman Theresa Lazo and chairman Ray Kohl, seven candidates — including one incumbent — are vying for the two seats.

    Lazo has decided not to seek reappointment.

    After interested citizens submitted letters of interest, a public hearing was held during Monday's Galax City Council meeting to hear a brief introduction from and conduct interviews with each of the candidates.

    With seven people to interview, the council meeting lasted until 11:15 p.m.

  • Two plead guilty to home invasion robbery

    ABINGDON — Two Blacksburg residents pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in Carroll County last year.

    U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley said Donnell Edward Callaham, 26, and Korie Lee Hodges, 19, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges of conspiracy, being in possession of stolen firearms and being in possession of stolen firearms with the serial number removed or obliterated.

  • Robberies were to pay bills

    HILLSVILLE — The 32-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man who tried to rob three financial services businesses in Cana during the summer of 2007 pleaded guilty to all charges in Carroll Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Carroll deputies had charged Carl Anthony Berrier with two counts of armed robbery for going into Speedy Cash and Cash to Go with a knife and demanding money in July 2007.

    A locked door at the BB&T bank in Cana stymied a similar attempt there and led to Berrier's capture. Authorities charged him with attempted robbery for that incident.

  • Carroll offices to be rearranged

    HILLSVILLE — Office shuffling in the Carroll County Governmental Center should result in better customer service, officials hope.

    Now, before a contractor can obtain all of the needed documents for a construction permit, they must visit the building official, the PSA, the erosion and sediment control inspector and the health department — in offices at different locations of the governmental center.

    Now, all these offices will be located in the same area, formerly the VA Cooperative Extension Offices.

  • Grayson schools talk early retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to close the gap on a $1.2 million cut to the Grayson County Schools’ budget, the division will consider implementing an early retirement plan.

    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas brought a proposal to the school board Feb. 9 that she said could save between $100,000 and $200,000 for the 2009-10 school year.

    “This program would benefit both the school system, and its employees,” Thomas said.

    Eligibility for the plan includes:

  • Maroon Tide guard’s switch pays off

    Being out of position on a basketball court can lead to a lot of bad things, like missed rebounds, defensive breakdowns, offensive confusion, etc. Being out of position, or in this case, being in a different position, turned out pretty well for Cameron Frazier.

    Moving to shooting guard in his senior season after years as Galax’s point guard, Frazier apparently felt right at home in his new position, having a strong enough season to earn the Mountain Empire District’s player of the year award.

  • Hoops teams thrown a curveball

    If change is good, drastic change must be awesome.

    Or so it seems in the eyes of the Virginia High School League.

    It’s not exactly High School Sports meets Social Reform, but at the very least a tee-ball mentality has invaded the learned folks running high school sports in Virginia.

  • Panthers man up on Tide

    DUBLIN -- Twin Valley may not play much man-to-man defense, but the Panthers showed they have definitely practiced it.

    Employing a seldom-used man defense from start to finish, Twin Valley kept Galax’s long-range shooters out of sync nearly all night, running away with a 77-61 win in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Friday at Pulaski County High School.

  • Homeschoolers place third in regionals

    The Blue Ridge Panthers placed third in the western division at the North Carolina Home Educators Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, held in Winston-Salem Feb. 20-21. The win moved the Panthers to the state basketball championships, held Feb. 27-28 in Greensboro.

    This year’s regional and state tournaments showcased more than 50 teams comprised of more than 500 homeschool basketball players.