Today's News

  • Carroll still working on natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — Interest in tapping into natural gas has never really waned in Carroll County, but efforts to open up a supply have yet to come to fruition.

    When the natural gas pipeline owned by a Duke Energy subsidiary got installed in the eastern half of Carroll, the company agreed to include five gas access points — or "taps" — along its length.

    But the lack of a local distribution system has stymied the process of making natural gas generally available, though Carroll County officials appeared to have a partner in Atmos Energy.

  • Three seek Galax School Board seats

    Three candidates — including incumbents Stewart Merdian and Dr. Jim Adams and retired school administrator and educator Patricia Weaver — will vie for two seats on Galax School Board.

    Merdian and Adams' terms are set to expire June 30.

    After interested citizens submitted letters of interest, a public hearing was held during the Feb. 22 Galax City Council meeting to hear a brief introduction from and conduct interviews with each of the candidates. The interviews were conducted in closed session.

  • Edna Bowers " "the quintessential mountain woman"

    FANCY GAP — Edna Lee Saunders Bowers represents "the quintessential mountain woman," says a local artist who created a drawing of her chopping wood.

    Bowers' image will be familiar to those who have picked up a menu at Rhudy's Restaurant in Laurel Fork — that's where woodcarver and artist Brad Smith first saw her photograph.

    Smith, who operates the Treasure Potts II art gallery in Fancy Gap, noted the print has made a big impression on many who have bought it from the store or at a benefit.

  • Bankruptcy trustee to take on Carroll in AmerLink case

    WILSON, N.C. — It appears that the trustee in AmerLink's bankruptcy case will try to get the lease on Carroll County property at the former log home company's sales office turned over to a bank to satisfy AmerLink's debts.

    Carroll County has been trying to make sure that the property — a home sales office and visitors' center at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market — come back to the county for its use.

  • Budget crisis halts prison project

    INDEPENDENCE — A $104.5 million, 252,088-square-foot state prison remains on schedule to be completed this summer, but the questions remains — will it open or sit idle as Virginia deals with budget issues?

    Facing a $4.2 billion deficit, both the House of Delegates and State Senate approved their budgets last week — neither of which includes operating expenses for the new facility under construction in Grayson County.

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) said he continues to fight for funding, but that no money was appropriated as of now.

  • Public record for 3/10/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 18, 2009 - Jan. 8, 2010, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Region basketball tournament schedules, results



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  • Maroon Tide moving on

    WYTHEVILLE -- For the first 16 minutes, it was Parry McCluer being Parry McCluer.

  • Bengals bump Carroll for title

    RIDGEWAY -- After starting strong, Carroll County allowed Bassett to take a 13-0 run in the third quarter, bolstered by its full-court press and high-pressure defense, and were never able to recover on its way to a 53-44 loss Friday in the Region IV Division girls’ title game. “We kinda lost that momentum, we weren’t able to find a way to get the basketball in the hole and we got fouled a few times and couldn’t make free throws on t

  • Cavs state-bound, edge Hidden Valley

    RIDGEWAY -- With the season, her high school career, on the line, Kayla Goins stood at the foul line as 60 excruciatingly-long seconds plodded away.