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Today's News

  • VDOT planning leaner operation

    Virginia officials expect state and federal transportation revenues to decrease by as much as $2.6 billion over the next six years, leading to more cuts in the state's road-building plan and reduced services at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    "Every county, every city, every town will have reduced services, fewer projects and, arguably, fewer opportunities as a consequence of this," said Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer in an Oct. 15 presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

  • Cavaliers spike Grayson Co.

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened strong in all three games of its nondistrict match with Grayson County, knocking off the Blue Devils 25-5, 25-10, 25-12 Thursday.

    Carroll County (16-0 overall) bolted to an 11-1 lead in the first game with an 8-0 run sparked by Leanna Rippey’s kill. Kim Caudill had two jump-serve aces while Rippey and Lindsey Poe each had a kill in the run.

  • Fort overwhelms Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– With four of the five Mountain Empire District football teams entering Week 9 with no district losses, there was a lot left to be decided, and just four games with which to do so. The picture began to take shape Friday.

    Fort Chiswell racked up 30 points in the second quarter and rolled over Galax 47-7 in a Mountain Empire District win. It was the MED opener for the Pioneers, who join Bland County as the last two unbeatens in the league. Bland bumped off Narrows 14-7 in Friday’s only other MED contest.

  • Cavaliers roll over Grundy

    GRUNDY ––Carroll County found itself trailing in the opening minutes before exploding for six unanswered touchdowns Friday, rolling to a 41-7 Southwest District win over Grundy at Nelson Memorial Stadium.

    Entering the contest on a 16-game district losing streak, Grundy (1-7 overall, 0-4 SWD) jumped to an early lead when Tanner McClanahan returned a Cavalier fumble 30 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

  • Driver charged in fatal crash

    WOODLAWN — A 41-year-old Cana man faces multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence, after a two-vehicle accident last Friday that killed a 26-year-old Middlesex, N.C., woman.

    Stephen Edwin Towe of Cana was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail after being released from Roanoke Memorial Hospital Friday.

    Virginia State Police Trooper J.H. Bledsoe identified the woman killed in the 10:30 a.m. wreck on Woodlawn Road as Jessica Ruth Bowyer, who died at the scene.

  • Absentee ballots will be counted

    RICHMOND — A false rumor has been circulating about Virginia’s absentee ballots not being counted if one candidate is winning the election by a large margin.

    This rumor is false, says Susan S. Pollard, director of communications for the Virginia State Board of Elections.

    In Virginia all absentee ballots, properly cast, will be counted.

  • Cavs keep record spotless

    In a battle between leaders of their respective districts, Carroll County held off several Galax surges and kept its season record perfect following a 25-18, 25-17, 25-23 nondistrict win Monday at Galax High School.

    The win was the 14th without a loss for the Cavaliers, who have a firm grip on the Southwest District lead. Being in the SWD driver’s seat at this time of the season isn’t a surprise for the Cavaliers. Being 14-0 is to some.

  • Grayson schools miss AYP benchmark

    INDEPENDENCE — For the second consecutive year, Grayson County Schools missed federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks — but the system did improve on accreditation.

    Benchmark pass rates are set by the No Child Left Behind Act for standardized tests in math and English.

    “The benchmark goes up every year,” said Grayson Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett. “As we go up the scale, [making AYP] gets tougher every year until 2014 when it reaches 100 percent.”

  • Rec park move could create opportunities

    HILLSVILLE — Traveling team tourneys could bring significant revenue into Carroll, but members of the recreation committee suggested Tuesday that the county would need a new and larger park to host those games.

    Myron Dalton spoke for the recreation committee at the regular October board of supervisors meeting, and suggested a new recreation center, developed in stages, and the goal of adding new outreach for adults and seniors.

  • Downtown merchants sponsor 'Monster Hunt'

    As Halloween looms near, the Galax Downtown Association prepares for the 4th Annual Halloween Monster Bash from 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

    The event will feature annual favorites, such as a costume contest for prizes, games, activities, candy, live DJ music by Tyler Carpenter at the Grayson Stage and free hot dogs for the kids.

    In the spirit of a free, safe and fun Halloween for all to enjoy, creepy creatures and frightening figures have appeared in the store windows downtown, giving residents a chance to play the “Monster Hunt” game and enter to win prizes.