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Today's News

  • Love's Travel Stop headed to Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — Striking water in Lambsburg is like striking gold, because water availability was essential to bringing at least a $7 million investment and 70 to 90 jobs from Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores to Carroll County.

  • HOT DOG!

    Never let it be said that the folks who put on the Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cookoff don’t go out of their way to help those who participate in the event.

    On Tuesday, when word reached the event’s volunteer coordinator, Carlene Poole, that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile had gotten into a beef with police, she mustered the courage to ride to the rescue.

    Poole said she heard through a friend that the iconic vehicle had a run-in with police on its way to an appearance at the barbecue contest, which starts Friday in downtown Galax.

  • Water plant site found

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — and negotiations are underway to purchase the land.

    Bobby Lane, of Lane Engineering, updated Independence Town Council July 8 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town’s wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site had been chosen for the new plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Jessup joins Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Motivated by the future in Hillsville for her grandchildren and encouraged by her husband, Frieda Jessup officially became the Sulphur Springs representative on town council last Tuesday.

    Jessup was one of four people who put themselves forward to fill the vacancy left by former Sulphur Springs council member Bill Tate’s election to the mayor’s post in May.

    Instead of sitting back and letting someone else do the work, Jessup explained that she felt like it was time to get involved herself.

  • School farm idea takes root

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary outdoor laboratory called the Carroll County Public Schools Farm.

    The research farm will share the 90 or so acres with Hillsville Elementary School.

    The school takes up approximately 30 acres, but the rest of the property will be farmed out to enhance agricultural and science programs in the public schools, said Carroll High agriculture teacher Randy Webb and Mark Burnette, director of secondary education.

  • Children should experience the outdoors

    Louv’s “The Last Child in the Woods” has become a much talked about standard for concerns about the disconnect our children are experiencing with the outdoors.

    Long before this book, many of us were already lamenting the competition provided by video games, the computer world and just plain old television; and challenges of the urban landscape and attendant fears.

    This is a rallying cry to follow some of Louv’s sage advice and get our kids outdoors — now.

  • On Being Old...

    I turn 84 in July. I have yet to discover much that I like about being 83.

    My friend, the Rev. Hal Eaton, another ancient warrior, says that he isn’t afraid of dying; it’s just being old that he doesn’t like.

    Me too.

    One of the several reasons I came to Galax 25 years ago was because my quick scan of the obituary page made it possible for me to believe that any area resident, who died before making 80, was a quitter.

  • Fourth Festivities

    GALAX

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual 4th of July Celebration week of activities June 30 thru July 5.

    As always it will provide a family-friendly carnival atmosphere, once again featuring the Jules & Beck Amusement Company’s rides, shows and attractions.

    All special events in Felts Park next week include admission to the carnival. Other nights, admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Ride-all-night tickets are $15, except on July 4.

  • Local produce a healthier choice

    HILLSVILLE — Forward thinking farmers in Carroll County want to do what they can to avoid food scares, like the recent salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, by adopting better agricultural practices, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent said.

    Health officials know that the source of the outbreak that sickened 167 in three months is not tomatoes from Virginia — almost all of them are still in the field, said Wythe Morris, an Extension agent specializing in horticulture.

  • Carroll places 10 on SWD teams

    Carroll County High School had 10 athletes earn first-team all-Southwest District honors in their respective sports for the spring season.

    The Cavaliers’ T.J. Martin and Mike Kelly were first-team all-district in baseball, Rebecca Thomas earned first-team recognition in softball and Zack Edwards, Chris Hawks, Zack Surratt, Cynthia Arellano, Jessica Sierra, Laura Arellano and Megan Roper were first-team choices on their respective boys’ and girls’ soccer teams.