Today's News

  • Red Cross: blood supply running low

    Three blood collection drives are planned in the Twin Counties during February, as the American Red Cross experiences mounting effects of severe winter weather that caused the lowest January blood supply in a decade.
    Severe weather throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. has caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including more than 600 in the Appalachian region.

  • School system to sell three tracts

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have the go-ahead from the Carroll supervisors to sell surplus land and put the proceeds toward school construction.
    The Carroll School Board last September voted to accept sealed bids on property amounting to a little less than four acres behind the former Hillsville Elementary School on Oak Street.

  • House panel puts brakes on highway safety bills

    RICHMOND — It appears Virginia drivers are unlikely to face new restrictions this year on their behavior behind the wheel.
    A batch of highway safety bills — dealing with seat belts, cell phones, open alcohol containers, texting, and smoking with children present — were rejected Thursday by a House subcommittee, meaning they are unlikely to advance in this year's General Assembly.

  • Cavalier boys, girls drill Marion

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County jumped all over Marion in the first half and cruised to an easy 94-52 win in a Southwest District boys' game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County maintained its No. 2 spot in the SWD standings by bolting to a 30-25 lead after eight minutes. The Cavaliers didn't let up in the second and went into the half with a 57-30 lead.

    Wes Smoot led four Cavaliers in double figures with 16 points while Mac Martin scored 15 to go with 11 rebounds. Smoot and Martin teamed for 14 of the Cavaliers' 30 first-quarter points.

  • Devils over Tide in nailbiter

     Five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter. Six minutes to play the last 14 seconds. Seven missed free throws in the final 1:26. One pair of trousers in the trash.

    Stuff like that just doesn’t happen every night.

    Grayson County managed to survive the yips at the foul line in addition to an open look by Galax’s best shooter at the buzzer Tuesday night to take a thrilling 63-62 win in the Mountain Empire District’s top rivalry game.

  • Carroll schools save big on energy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Schools have saved an estimated $1 million in energy costs since 2003 as the result of initiating an energy savings plan.
    The school system was spending more than $550,000 a year on energy expenses in 2003-04.
    With a goal to reduce the budget cost for energy consumption and save resources, the Carroll School Board hired Energy Education, Inc., to set guidelines and install the “cost avoidance” software to track what was being spent.

  • Schools earn state awards

    Seven elementary schools in the Twin Counties received recognition from Gov. Bob McDonnell and the state Board of Education on Jan. 20.
    Three Grayson County schools — Baywood, Fairview and Providence Elementary — earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for continued progress, including meeting all state and federal educational benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.

  • Gun laws targeted from both sides

    RICHMOND — It’s one of the most heated debates of our time: Would fewer guns equal fewer killings, or is it just the opposite?
    In the shadow of the recent shootings in Arizona, the argument is as contentious as ever. Both sides came to the capital last week to air their starkly different views to lawmakers.

  • Legislators: 'Internet cafes' are same as gambling

    RICHMOND — If Internet sweepstakes cafes use a gambling device for games, then that business probably promotes gambling, according to a bill before the General Assembly.
    Three legislators have submitted identical bills to answer the sudden influx of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Virginia — Carroll County alone now has five of the businesses.

    Legislators from Harrisonburg, Front Royal and Newport News have weighed in with clarifications on what entails illegal gambling in the state.

  • Cavaliers finish strong at Christiansburg tourney

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– Blake Bowman and Jordan Lamb each advanced to the championship finals and Carroll County posted a strong finish as a team at the Big Blue Invitational wrestling tournament, hosted by Christiansburg Friday and Saturday.

    The match of the day came in the 135-pound championship bout, as Bowman beat Logan Bosley of Christiansburg in a violent battle by a 6-5 decision. It is Bowman’s second career title in this event, as he won in 2009 at 130.