Today's News

  • Galax seeks bilingual police officer

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant to hire a bilingual police officer to better serve the Hispanic population in Galax.
    The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) awards grants to economically disadvantaged communities.
    If awarded, the COPS grant would fund the position for three years at a total of $135,993 for salary and benefits. This is an entry-level position that would also pay to put a candidate through the police academy.

  • Citizens object to 620 widening work

     HILLSVILLE ― "A four-lane to nowhere" is how one citizen described the proposal to widen Coulson Church Road in front of Wildwood Commerce Park.

  • Cavaliers hold on for 3-3 tie with Marion

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County took an early two-goal lead over Marion but had to settle for a draw after a 3-3 deadlock in a Southwest District girls’ match Monday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Each team scored in the first two minutes of the second half as Carroll County (2-6-1 district) took a 3-2 lead into the waning minutes, but an iffy call in the Cavalier box resulted in a tying penalty kick for the Scarlet Hurricane.

  • Carroll comeback wasted

    HILLSVILLE –– The two-goal deficit Carroll County faced wasn’t easy to overcome. But at least there was time. The single-goal gap proved otherwise.

    Brandon Kegley scored with about 90 seconds remaining Monday night, wasting a valiant comeback by Carroll County and lifting Marion to a 3-2 win in a boys’ soccer match at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Grayson boys’ and girls’ tennis teams perfect

     NARROWS –– Grayson County will ride an abbreviated win to what it hopes is an extended run in the postseason.

    The Blue Devil boys’ tennis team capped a perfect regular season with a 7-0 win over Narrows on Thursday and will enter postseason play with a 14-0 overall record.

    Playing eight-game pro sets, the Blue Devils swept the singles matches, including a 9-8 (7-3) win by No. 6 Tyler Farris over Allen Oney.

  • Dannelly 10k draws record turnout

     The New River Trail-Dr. Ed Dannelly III 10k continues to grow in popularity with a record number of participants turning out for the event on May 5.

    A race that drew 93 total participants just five years ago, 120 runners competed in the 10k alone, with another 75 taking part in the 5k walk. The 195 total shattered last year’s record of 172.

  • Bad breath, sweet victory at onion eating contest


    WHITETOP — It's highly unlikely that any of the winners of an eating contest at the annual Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival got a kiss after their victory.
    The wild onion eating competition results in pungent breath that could peel paint.
    It's a good thing that the top prizes all come with a bottle of mouthwash, in addition to cash.
    Taking home the big bottle of Scope at this year's event on May 15 was a kilt-clad contender with a stomach of iron — defending champ Toby Shutters.

  • Brain injury group gets county funding

    HILLSVILLE — An advocate for those with brain injuries was the only speaker at the public hearing for the 2012 fiscal year budget for Carroll County, leading to a slight change in the proposed spending plan.
    Carroll’s proposed $33.7 million general county budget features no increase in tax rates and a 50 percent cut in the farm machinery tax.
    When the time came for the hearing at the May county supervisors meeting, only Pam Hall of Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia approached the microphone.

  • Grayson invests in schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will invest a portion of all future dividends it receives from a commerce park in education.
    Supervisors, looking for new ways to help fund the county’s school system, approved a resolution earlier this month that will provide additional money to the school system above the county’s mandated financial requirements.

  • Public record for 5/18/11 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December 2010, in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Pamela Lynn McManamy of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $81 costs.