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Today's News

  • Sears closing store in Woodlawn

    WOODLAWN — The Sears Hometown Store in Carroll County is closing on Jan. 15, after about 20 years of business, according to manager Bobby Davis.

    The store began in Galax, but in 2012 it moved to a new location at 30 Partridge Road, off U.S. 58 in Woodlawn.

    The approximately seven employees will be laid off. “It’s not the best time of year to be looking for a new job,” said Davis, who has been at the store for six years.

    The reason given by the Sears Corporation, he said, was “not enough support from the community.”

  • VDOT says you're merging into traffic the wrong way

    By JOANNE KIMBERLIN, Landmark News Service

    You hate me. I can feel it.

    Every time I roll by in the deserted lane next to you, heading to the front of the bottleneck, while you sit dutifully, lined up for the squeeze ahead.

    But here’s the thing. I’m only doing what traffic engineers want: the zipper merge – a tactic that could help ease interstate congestion, if only it didn’t make us feel so rude.

  • Readers Hotline 12/25/17

    In the air

  • A Gift of Honor

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Beverly Billings is the epitome of those people about whom you say, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”

    She’s a working nurse, wife and mother who’s studying to earn an additional degree.

  • Budget vote divided by school money disagreement

    Approval of a budget amendment once again brought up disagreements among Galax City Council members over the school system’s spending for a new football field and the purchase of a piece of land for a school project that was later abandoned.

    There were no speakers at a public hearing for a fiscal year 2018 budget amendment at council’s Dec. 11 meeting, but a transfer of funding to Galax City Public Schools prompted one council member to raise objections and resulted in a split vote on the amendment.

  • Supervisors have high praise for fair

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Kevin Semones, market manager for the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market in Hillsville, received nothing but compliments when he appeared before the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to give a report on this year’s Carroll County Agricultural Fair.

    “The fair just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year,” Semones told the supervisors at a recent meeting, “with between 18,000 and 20,000 people attending this year’s event.”

  • Governor addresses teacher shortage

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    As Virginia schools struggle with a dearth of teachers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants colleges and universities to be able to fast-track the training of aspiring educators.

    McAuliffe signed an executive order Dec. 11 directing the state Board of Education to adopt emergency rules that would allow colleges and universities to offer a four-year undergraduate degree in teaching, rather than a five-year master’s program.

  • A Christmas card from the Father

    The Prince of Peace came to earth again this Christmas. This time He came in the form of a live Christmas card.

  • McAuliffe's final push for Medicaid expansion

    Virginia seems to pride itself on an idiosyncratic approach to governance, and that is apparent in the arrangement that every four years sees a term-limited governor propose a budget to guide state spending for the next biennium.

    In 2013, it was Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, the legal buzzards circling above him, doing the honors.

  • Citizens oppose county selling beer, wine

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County is considering sales of beer and wine at the Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, but two citizens expressed their opposition to the plan at the Dec. 11 meeting of the board of supervisors.

    A public hearing was held to give people the opportunity to make comments about the county tourism department’s application to sell beer and wine for the purpose of featuring regionally produced products.