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Today's News

  • Town to check legality of aircraft ban

    INDEPENDENCE — A draft of an ordinance that would regulate low-flying aircraft over any land in the Town of Independence was presented to town council Jan. 8.

    The town is considering the ordinance as an alternative to banning the aerial spraying of pesticides, which has raised some health concerns.

    Town Attorney Roger Brooks said he is continuing to pursue information from the Pesticide Control Board to determine the legality of the ordinance.

  • Carroll land values hit $2.6 million

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County added about $757,000 in land value between assessments, bringing the total of taxable real estate up to almost $2.6 billion, according to information from the assessor’s office.

    Assessor Janie Harrison reported the preliminary figures to the Carroll supervisors at their meeting Jan. 14 in an update on the county’s first in-house reassessment.

    She expected the values to change somewhat once appeals hearings take place.

  • High School Basketball Round-Up: 1/18/08

    BOYS

    Carroll County 62, Graham 56

    Brett Rogers and Seth Hill combined for 13 points in the last four minutes of the third quarter, leading a Carroll County rally that lifted the Cavaliers to a 62-56 Southwest District win Tuesday at Graham Middle School.

    The win, coupled with Abingdon’s loss Tuesday to Grundy, propelled the Cavaliers into sole possession of the SWD boys’ race with a 4-1 record. The Cavaliers improved to 12-2 overall.

  • Tide puts squeeze on Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– One of the lures of high school wrestling is that it has more unique characteristics than any other sport. Not least among them is the scoring system.

    Galax came away with a 60-12 dual win over Grayson County on Tuesday, a final tally that belied the competitiveness of the match, especially in the early going.

    Galax raced to the huge final team margin with pins in the final four bouts, but had to battle for every team point it earned in the early going.

  • Aircraft ban won't fly

    Independence Town Council should have done more research into the alleged effects of pesticide spraying before considering an ordinance creating a “no-fly zone” over the town, which indirectly prohibits such spraying. The code would ban aircraft from flying under 1,000 feet above the town.

    Legally, it appears that the town has the right to do it, but is that decision based on fact or fear?

  • Carroll PSA to seek damages

    HILLSVILLE — After a contractor held up completion of the Airport Road water project for four months, the Carroll Public Service Authority will seek liquidated damages.

    The project is now largely completed, except for a road bore to the east side of Interstate 77. PSA Director Ray Hill said that valves for the rest of the project — mostly residential areas — could have been turned on earlier.

    The company that built the water storage tank, Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems, came in late and then the tank leaked and had to be fixed, Hill told the authority.

  • Court date set for Padgett

    INDEPENDENCE — A court date has been set for the former president of the Galax Elementary Student-Teacher-Parent Organization who was charged last year with embezzlement.

    Terri Lynn Padgett of Hillsville faces 14 felony charges and 12 misdemeanor charges of embezzlement in Grayson County and will appear in court April 3. She was indicted on charges in April 2007.

  • 'Speed dating' offers chance for singles to mingle

    For most singles, just hearing the words "Valentines Day" — which is quickly approaching — is dreadful.

    However, Parrott Bay Restaurant & Nightclub in Galax may prevent some singles from being dateless Valentine victims when it hosts its first “speed dating” event on Friday.

    Speed dating, a formalized matchmaking process, is growing in popularity, especially in metropolitan areas. And it seems to be the quick, hip way to meet other singles without rejection.

  • Studio puts art into motion

    Many people want to join dance classes just for fun, but some feel that strict dance forms are just not for them.

    Middle Eastern dance instructor Iara Kendrick, who also goes by the stage name of Samra, has opened a dance studio in Woodlawn — the Moving Arts Center — that incorporates culture, fitness, creativity fun and free-form dance styles.

    Belly dancing, cheerleading and world dance classes allow people of all capabilities, sizes and ages to study and enjoy movement.

  • Local events

    What's Happening

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Winter wonderland story hour and Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m., Galax Public Library. 236-5319, ext. 201 or carlene@wiredog.com.

    Carroll County Genealogy Club meets, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Public Library, North Main Street, Hillsville. The program will be a documentary, Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp. 236-3033.

    Thursday, Jan. 17

    Oldtown Lodge 68, Galax, will have a called communication for work in the entered apprentice degree.