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Today's News

  • Progress takes time

    Sometimes, fortunes change with the flowing of the tides.

    In the case of Lambsburg and Carroll County, the economic tides turned when finding a source of ground water allowed a major investment to move forward.

    Drilling a successful well was the remaining hurdle to clear in attracting a new company to locate off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Looking ahead to Carroll's farming future

    HILLSVILLE — Farms and forests remain productive in Carroll County and can continue into the future, says Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

    Food and timber products are homegrown businesses that have a big impact on the local economy, and county officials want to see it remain that way as Carroll’s other staple industries — furniture and textiles — are on the decline.

    The commodities grown on farms and in forests generate millions of dollars of revenue in a year, but growers face challenges as expenses increase across the board.

  • Grow your own future

    The Twin Counties have seen first-hand the loss of domestic industry. First textiles declined and then the furniture plants closed, putting more than 1,000 out of work in Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    It would be unfortunate to see another local industry go the way of the factories, but there's been a steady downward trend in another traditional Twin County pursuit — farming.

    Even so, agricultural commodities and forest products are still worth millions of dollars to the economy.

  • 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.