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Today's News

  • Feds arrest 24 for meth trafficking

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Federal agents and officers from local and state law enforcement were in the Twin Counties and the Mount Airy, N.C., area on Tuesday as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, a joint investigation that resulted in 24 individuals being charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina.

    Agents were seen throughout the area on Tuesday, traveling in unmarked vehicles and some wearing tactical gear.

  • Town's tax hike is first in 13 years

    FRIES — The Town of Fries has approved a $1.4 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

    The budget approved at the town council’s June meeting includes a 3-cent tax rate increase and other increases for water and sewer rates.

    It is the first tax increase seen in the town in 13 years.

    In previous budget meetings, council members explained that the tax increases were needed to help pay for future projects like upgrades to the town’s water plant.

  • Galax to name new fitness center for Deputy Bartlett

    Plans are in the works for a fitness center at Galax High School that would be named in honor of Carroll County Deputy Curtis Bartlett.

    Bartlett, who was killed in a line of duty crash in March, was a GHS graduate and was very passionate about nutrition and fitness throughout his life.

    According to GHS Principal Justin Iroler, the project has been in discussion for about a month-and-a-half. Bartlett’s father, Sam, contacted school officials after the Lift Life Foundation reached out to him.

  • Readers Hotline 6/21/17

    At your service
    This message is for the sheriff’s office. Just west of Galax, I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of your deputies. I’m not sure if I can mention his name, but he has a military style haircut. He helped me with some problems I was having. This deputy was the most professional and courteous officer I’ve ever meet. My kids have always been afraid of police officers, and the way he treated them was amazing. I just wanted to say “thank you.”

    Teasing attire?

  • Galax planning downtown mural

    The City of Galax Public Art Committee has announced plans to install the city’s first mosaic mural at the Grayson Street Stage.
    The mural at the stage, located in the parking on the 100 block of West Grayson Street, will highlight plaques already existing that commemorate the Downtown Revitalization Project.
    The mural will depict local flora and fauna, framed within a fence-like setting, according to a recent news release from Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (CCSA).

  • Law promotes alternatives to suspending students

    Capital News Service

    Suspension from school has long been linked to academic failure.
    Students are away from the classroom for up to several days, missing out on material taught in class and falling behind. Meanwhile, assignments pile up, making a difficult situation even worse.

  • CCPS announces new schools superintendent

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board announced the county’s new superintendent at its regular monthly meeting on June 15. Dr. Shirley A. Perry, the current Director of Human Resources for Pulaski County Schools, will fill the vacancy left by retiring superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship.

  • Carroll budget process questioned

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2018 spending plan by a split vote at its June 12 meeting, after a debate about the county’s budgeting process.
    Two supervisors, one of whom served on the budget committee, did not vote for the budget.
    During the meeting Laurel Fork supervisor and budget committee member Joshua Hendrick made a motion to approve and appropriate the total budget, including the county general fund, law library fund and previously adopted school budget, in the total of $84.7 million.

  • Rosenbaum won’t seek re-election

    INDEPENDENCE — Eddie Rosenbaum has announced that he will not run for another term on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    In a recent interview, Rosenbaum said that, due to health problems, he will not join the race to retain his Wilson District seat on the board this November.
    His term will be finished at the end of December.

  • Inmate art inspires church to fight addiction

    Editor’s note: This article by Annette Spence first appeared in “The Call,” the online publication for the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is reprinted with permission.

    HILLSVILLE — When the letters started coming from the jail, the Rev. Ronnie Collins was amazed by the artwork decorating the envelopes and pages. The first was a sketch of Jesus.

    As more and more mail arrived from the inmates, the drawings became elaborate, including scripture or professions of faith.