Today's News

  • Incident results in new bus policies

    INDEPENDENCE — After a 3-year-old girl was accidentally left on a bus for nearly seven hours in August, the Grayson County school system has made changes to its school bus safety procedures.

    During the regular school board meeting Nov. 10, Transportation Supervisor Dennis Roop updated the board on the additions, as well as the procedures previously in place.

  • Lane waives right to hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man will face a Carroll County grand jury on an involuntary manslaughter charge from a July 4 crash that killed a Hillsville man.

    William Keith Lane appeared in Carroll General District Court last Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

    This stemmed from the wreck that killed Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, on U.S. 221 near the Virginia 638 intersection.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/24/08

    Writer criticizes Boucher

    It is time to congratulate Rep. Rick Boucher for yet another re-election.

    Although he ran unopposed, Mr. Boucher raised $1.6 million and reportedly spent $1 million on his “campaign.” Lobbyists contributed $60,000 to him and political action committees contributed over $1.1 million. He retains $1.3 million in his reelection war chest.

  • Woods,ee^Bassett down Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– They weren’t boo-ing. They were saying “Boo.”


    Bassett quarterback Rashawn “Boo” Woods accounted for 168 yards of offense in the first half as the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead, holding off Carroll County 28-7 in the season opener for both schools Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Hurst named Carroll's teacher of the year

    HILLSVILLE — As an educator of at-risk students, Lisa Hurst believes she has to be a "risk taker" to get them involved in the learning process.

    Her successes in the Regional Alternative Education Center classroom have led to her being named Carroll County's Teacher of the Year.

    Members of the school board presented the award last Tuesday at their regular November meeting.

    Hurst, who earned a bachelor of arts in English from High Point University in 1986, plans to complete her master's degree work in English education by next May.

  • Sheriff asks to use seized drug money

    INDEPENDENCE — Unexpected vacancies have put the Grayson County Sheriff's Department's budget in a tight spot, forcing the sheriff to shift money around to cover the bills.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan asked the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 for additional money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items to help get through the tough times.

    The fund consists of money from drug and property forfeiture — as well as restitution paid.

  • Carroll votes to preserve open space

    HILLSVILLE — A development proposal has led Carroll County to allow an additional kind of subdivision.

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors and the Carroll Planning Commission held public hearings at the county board's regular November meeting to decide whether to permit “clustering” of commercial or residential structures, such as townhouses, to preserve open space.

    Attorney Brad Dalton spoke for a developer who was seeking permission for a 13-acre development that would have four acres of open space, as planned.

  • TCRH going smoke-free

    Wednesday morning, there was no one taking advantage of Twin County Regional Hospital's designated smoking area, a small glass booth beside of the facility that reads “Smoking Booth.”

    The only “smoke” was the steam puffing from people in the chilly morning air.

    That's a good sign, said TCRH marketing director Martha Cole.

    But by 2010, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted inside or outside of TCRH, including inside vehicles, said a press release issued last week by the hospital.

  • Carroll works to silence nuisance dogs

    HILLSVILLE — It appears that Carroll County officials may be moving toward a noise ordinance in order to deal with barking dogs.

    The board packet for the Carroll supervisors’ November meeting contained a draft ordinance to deal with “risks to public health and safety posed by excessive an unreasonable noise...”

    The supervisors said little about this matter at the meeting, except to set a public hearing in December to get input on it.

  • Galax fills six first-team spots

    Here’s a telling fact about small-school football, which, by necessity, is about as iron-man as it comes: Of the 14 names listed on the all-Mountain Empire District first-team defense, no fewer than 11 were also first- or second-team on offense.

    That’s single-A ball, where few are expected to do much. Few did more than Galax’s Tyler Houk, the only player named first team at three different positions on the 2008 all-MED football team, voted on by the district’s coaches.