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Today's News

  • Schools will get money, but can't keep it all

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of meetings and talks between the Grayson Board of Supervisors and county school board, the school division may get exactly what it requested for the 2009-10 budget.

    But, additional cuts may still be needed.

    The school board submitted a request to the supervisors for level funding — no increase or decrease — for the 2009-10 school budget, in the amount of $4.65 million.

  • Rescue squad seeks answers

    LAMBSBURG — Lambsburg Rescue Squad members want answers as to why they were shut down, and they hope to get them at a community meeting May 29.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lambsburg Rescue Squad building.

    Susie Edwards, secretary/treasurer for the squad, has sent registered letters to the Carroll County supervisors, telling them about the meeting.

    Lambsburg has been in limbo since December 2008, when county officials alleged a breach of protocol by the squad on a heart attack call.

  • Carroll pool closing questioned at hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Listening to just one objection to closing the county pool didn't seem to make much of a splash with the Carroll supervisors at the May 18 public hearing for the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    Projected to cost about $50,000 more to operate than the revenue it would bring in, the pool is the only county service that faces being cut out of the budget completely.

  • Turning The Earth

    HILLSVILLE — When Mark Shockley tends his fields in spring, he's in for a day of grueling, backbreaking fun.

    He calls it "fun," but the truth is what Shockley does to prepare for planting takes a lot of love and labor.

    It hardly felt like spring last Monday as the wind swept over the five acres that Shockley farms with his antique tools, and where he puts on “Old Timey Day” to demonstrate the old-fashion ways after harvest in the fall.

  • Oldtown Pottery launches art school's Phase 2

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts officially began Phase II of its long-range plans with the opening of Oldtown Pottery co-op in downtown Galax on April 1.

    Phase I is well underway with the successful completion of a variety of classes in diverse genres of art, crafts and music.

    Volunteers, board members and staff for CCSA and co-op members have been working for months to prepare membership guidelines, policies, leases and particularly renovations to the pottery studio building.

  • A Mother's Wish Comes True

    All 18-year-old Emily Ogle can think about is making her princess fairy tale come true for her and mom Debbie Ogle, who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.

    Emily has it all planned out, as she fantasizes about dressing up in an ball gown and riding with her date through town in a horse-drawn carriage on the way to prom on Saturday.

    “I wanted to be like Cinderella,” said Emily, a junior at Galax High School. “It's just a wonderful time of life.”

  • Fighting to be the Best

    The fight is the easy part, says Cesar Llamas, as the 145-pound mixed martial arts fighter grapples his training partner to the mat inside of the cage, preparing for his big title fight Saturday in North Carolina.

    It's easy for Llamas because he’s at Elite Combat Martial Arts in Galax five days a week, hardcore training, conditioning, learning every fight scenario and brawling for hours in preparation for his title shot for Carolina Fighting Promotions in Wilmington, N.C.

  • Tide resurgence nets region bid

     INDEPENDENCE -- In their Mountain Empire District softball semifinal game against Bland County, Galax’s players took the field with the initials CB written on their wrists. Hopefully, the ink was of the permanent variety, because the Maroon Tide is going to keep playing for a while.

  • Cavaliers edge Marion 4-3

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County was one mistake away from a beauty of a win. As it was, coming out on the good end of a tight ballgame for once was attractive enough in and of itself.

    Marion got all three of its runs on one swing of the bat, but the Cavaliers held on for a 4-3 win in a tidy 90 minutes Wednesday in the first round of the Southwest District tournament at Bill Worrell Field.

    The win set up a semifinal meeting last night (Thursday) against season champion Tazewell, and also secured the Cavaliers one of the district’s four Region IV tournament spots.

  • Pioneers end Tide’s year, 4-3

     INDEPENDENCE -- Despite dropping a pair of regular season meetings with Fort Chiswell by a combined margin of 19 runs, Galax knew it was capable of playing on even terms with the Pioneers. That they did, until the final pitch of the game.

    Mark Gallimore’s sacrifice fly plated Hody Viars with the winning run with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday as Fort Chiswell ended Galax’s season with a 4-3 decision in the Mountain Empire District semifinals at the GNB Baseball Complex.