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  • Jobs Act could benefit education

    HILLSVILLE  —  Carroll County schools may avoid teacher layoffs and get funds to modernize facilities if the White House’s proposed “American Jobs Act” passes Congress.
    The White House invited Carroll school officials to participate in a Sept. 12 teleconference about the components of the jobs act, and Schools Superintendent Greg Smith told school board members the next day that he found the hour-long conference call informative.

  • Golding seeks another school board term

    HILLSVILLE — Harold Golding, the current Pine Creek representative on the Carroll School Board, wants to continue advocating for students and education in the county.
    “If you’re going to be a school board member, you must be an advocate for kids,” he said. “Members must be advocates for education and Carroll County students.”
    A former teacher, coach and principal, Golding has been in public education for 35 years and has served on the school board for eight years.

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  • Is 'Adequate Yearly Progress' an adequate measure?

    Chris Braunlich is vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and a member of the Virginia State Board of Education. The views expressed here are his own.  He may be reached at c.braunlich@att.net. This column was shortened for space considerations.

    I still have my notes from nine years ago.
    Speaking at a dinner meeting hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, then-Virginia School Board President Mark Christie argued that “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) was doomed to failure.

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  • Maroon Tide finishes strong at own invitational

    HILLSVILLE –– More than 400 runners representing 24 schools made the 2011 Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet the largest in its 18-year history, giving more credence to the fact that the Galax varsity teams had their best showings in a decade.

    The 3.1-mile Southwestern Virginia Training Center course will host the Region C meet in a few weeks, making the event an attractive stop on the cross country circuit for several Southwest Virginia schools.

  • Huge half propels Galax to win

     NEW CASTLE –– Galax rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead and remained undefeated on the year, swamping Craig County 49-14 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    The Maroon Tide (5-0) got one big play after another in the high-scoring first half, starting with its special teams. After holding the Rockets (2-3) to a three-and-out, Galax was on the board the first time it touched the ball when Deion George returned a Craig County punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Eli Brady knocked through the first of his seven PAT kicks for a quick 7-0 Galax lead.

  • Grayson battles to 5-0 mark

    HILLSVILLE –– It’s now known how Grayson County responds when it has to actually work four quarters for a win.

    Having coasted past their first four opponents by a combined 208-38, the Blue Devils were leading Carroll County by one skinny point late in the fourth quarter Friday before icing the win with a late touchdown, holding on for a 26-19 win in the Cavaliers’ homecoming game at Tommy Thompson Field.

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  • Passenger dies after motorcycle hits deer

    UPDATED 9/26/11:

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials are reporting a 49-year-old Southwest Virginia man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Hillsville on Sept. 22.