Today's News

  • Carroll schools meet state testing benchmarks

    HILLSVILLE — An accreditation report for Carroll County schools shows that the division once again made "10 for 10" under state test score standards, but missed the mark set by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

    Director of School Improvement Beverly Parker rapidly summarized 18 pages of reports for the Virginia Standards of Learning and federal No Child Left Behind testing results at the Carroll School Board regular meeting on Sept. 8.

  • Parkdale to take over Hanes plant in Galax

    Hanesbrands Inc. will stop making its own yarn in a move that will close one plant and two warehouses in North Carolina.

    Hanesbrands has agreed to sell most of its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale, a yarn maker based in Gastonia, N.C., that will supply a substantial amount of Hanesbrands’ yarn needs.

    The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter and would result in Parkdale operating three of the four Hanesbrands yarn production plants.

  • Agro-tech center gains support

    INDEPENDENCE — What began as a committee to bring a fairground to Grayson County has now shifted its focus to bringing the county an Agro-Tech Center instead.

    The venue would host events such as cattle and horse shows, farmers' markets, craft and art shows and more.

    Members of the newly named Agro-Tech Center Committee updated the board of supervisors on their progress Sept. 10 and gained support for funding of a feasibility study.

  • Carroll seeks bids for regional water system

    HILLSVILLE ee* Carroll County's ambitious water distribution project has one more step to complete before construction can begin.

    The Public Service Authority recently sought bids for more than 100,000 linear feet of water lines, two pump stations and a large water storage tank.

    The project will connect existing water systems on Virginia 620, Airport Road and Virginia 100 to the operational water plant in Austinville, which is already producing water for Wythe County and Wytheville, Carroll's regional partners.

  • Oakland named 'Blue Ribbon School'

    WASHINGTON, D.C. ee* Oakland Elementary has become the second school ever in Carroll County to earn recognition as a "Blue Ribbon School" from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Oakland was one of 13 schools in Virginia to receive the designation, announced Sept. 15 by Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education.

    The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors those schools that show academic excellence or that demonstrates impressive gains in student achievement to above-average levels.

  • PSA okays property condemnations

    HILLSVILLE ee* The Carroll County Public Service Authority, after a public hearing Sept. 14, has cleared the way for condemnation actions on the ongoing regional water project, as well as many utility projects planned for the future.

    While county officials have said the goal was to acquire the right to cross a small piece of property needed for the regional water project, the authority included that and many more projects in its public hearing for the acquisition of real estate and easements through purchase or eminent domain.

  • Lord's Acre Sale is Saturday

    The annual Lord’s Acre Havest Sale will be held Saturday, tomorrow, at Felts Park in Galax. 

    A worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the sale opens at 10 a.m., with proceeds to benefit the churches of the area. 

    Shoppers can stock up on all kinds of fresh, fall produce, canned goods, homemade pies and handmade crafts, attend worship service and visit with friends and acquaintances.

    The event is sponsored by Carroll-Grayson United Workers for Christ Association and is a main fundraiser for many local churches.

  • Racers dodge raindrops in second-to-last ECD weekend

     ELK CREEK -- Rain was the main event Friday night at Elk Creek Dragway, and with more than two inches per hour falling at the track, the night’s action was washed out. Saturday turned into a race around the raindrops event, and the fans that braved the weather saw a great show.

  • Cavalier cheerleaders bring home honors

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  • Tide runners sweep Marion meet

     MARION -- Galax swept the boys’ and the girls’ individual championships at the Walker’s Run cross country meet, a 3-mile race held Saturday at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion.