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Today's News

  • Goody's closing will leave 30 jobless

    Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was crowded throughout the weekend as shoppers hunted for bargains during the retail store's going-out-of-business sale.

    Brandi Cartwright, manager of the Galax store, and Felicia Bowers, assistant manager, said they are still in shock about last week's announcement that the clothing chain planned to close all of its stores, including the one in Galax, which Cartwright said will put 20 to 30 employees out of work in Galax.

  • Reflect & Resolve

    With the tumultuous 2008 coming to a relatively quiet (as I write this, anyway) close, it's time to think about the year ahead.

    Looking back, this was a year that we almost wish we could do over. It began with a series of brutal murders, and was marked (or is that marred?) by several animal cruelty cases and a series of layoffs and closings due to a floundering economy.

    Now, here are some thoughts to consider in 2009:

  • The Growing Importance of Farming

    Frank Levering of Cana is author of “Welcome to the Country,” available in stores and online at Ballyshannonfund.org.

    The American poet Theodore Roethke observes in one of his poems that, “In a dark time the eye begins to see.”

    With dark economic times upon us, here’s hoping that our collective cultural “eye” will begin to see the central importance of farming to our economic and social wellee'being.

  • Cougars edge Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– Pulaski County has evidently been working hard on its free throw defense.

    The Cougars took advantage of a chilly night at the foul line by the Cavaliers and held off a second-half rally to escape with a 48-41 nondistrict win Monday night.

    Carroll County hit just 6-of-19 from the stripe, or 31.6 percent, in falling to 4-5 on the year. The Cougars crept over the .500 mark with the win, improving to 5-4.

  • Grayson to return water plant grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will use $150,000 from its Community Development Fund to pay back money to the Virginia Tobacco Commission owed by Universal Food and Beverage Co.

    The company owned a water bottling plant in Independence before filing for bankruptcy about three years ago.

    Grayson National Bank purchased the plant, located off U.S. 21, following a public auction in November.

    Grayson is obligated to repay the money after Universal broke promises made in a performance agreement, which included creating hundreds of jobs.

  • Hawthorne pays back $20,000 to chamber

    HILLSVILLE — Prosecutors reached an agreement with a former executive director accused of embezzling from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    During a court appearance Tuesday in Carroll Circuit Court, Roger Thomas Hawthorne, 56, of Hillsville, pleaded guilty to a single count of petit larceny and repaid $20,000 in restitution.

    Hawthorne originally was charged with a felony count of embezzlement, but the Commonwealth motioned to have that amended to a misdemeanor charge.

  • Carroll to study tax collection options

    HILLSVILLE — As revenue from other kinds of taxes fall due to the weak economy, the Carroll County supervisors have voted to study twice-a-year tax collection.

    Supervisor Tom Littrell brought up the suggestion at the county board's Dec. 8 meeting.

    What affects the county's cash flow? One thing is that real estate taxes mostly come in once a year, in November and December, after tax tickets go out in October, he said.

    Littrell noted that tourism revenue appears to be down.

  • McCraw wins Skeens title, Bowman second

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County had four wrestlers reach the championship finals and placed ninth out of 36 teams at the prestigious 29th annual Agie Skeens Memorial Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Riverview Middle School.

    Drew McCraw finished the event 4-0 and won the individual championship in the 275-pound weight class. McCraw drew a first-round bye and followed up with two pins, sticking Michael LaPrade of Turner Ashby in 1 minute, 34 seconds, then pinning Alleghany’s Martin Garcia 46 seconds into the championship quarterfinals.

  • Cavaliers sweep Golden Wave

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to overtake Grundy 70-65 in a Southwest District boys’ game Saturday afternoon.

    Grundy’s Jordan Ellis sank two foul shots for a 61-53 Golden Wave lead before James Lanning’s 3-pointer sparked a 17-4 Cavalier run to the final horn.

    Tyler Reavis’ layup gave Carroll County the lead for good, 64-62, with 1:15 to play. Reavis led all scorers with 25 points, Lucas Marshall scored a career-high 14 and Lanning chipped in 12.

  • Carroll tries for stimulus funds for schools

    HILLSVILLE — By going for federal stimulus package money, the Carroll School Board may have found a way to pay for phase three of its facilities improvement program.

    The improvements could include a new high school in the Woodlawn area, and renovations to Carroll Intermediate School and the current high school.