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Today's News

  • Cavs hit 100 as Ty hits 1,000

    INDEPENDENCE –– Ty Cannaday of Grayson County scored the 1,000th point of his career Friday night. At times it seemed as if Carroll County would match that total in 32 minutes.

    The Cavaliers smothered the Blue Devils defensively, scored points in bunches, shot 50 percent from the floor on 74 attempts, knocked down more than a dozen 3-pointers and got double-figure scoring from five different players, putting a damper on Cannaday’s landmark effort with a 101-70 nondistrict win.

  • Surry man found dead on Parkway

    FANCY GAP — Exposure appears be a possible cause of a death for a Surry County, N.C., man found near milemarker 202 of the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    Carroll Deputy Cody Edwards responded along with a parkway ranger to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on Dec. 7 at about 10:47 a.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The ranger ran a license check on the gold SUV at that location and found it was registered to Grover Cleveland Davis, 76, who had been reported missing since Dec. 5.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/9/13

    Watching my speed
    They sure made a mistake when they put the 35 mph instead of 45 on the Galax four-lane next to Pizza Hut and through there. I try to go by the speed limit and people are passing me like I am sitting still. Just running around me, and everything. That is going to cause accidents instead of helping. It’s a shame, really.

  • How about a limited government?

    John J. Nunn of Galax is a retired furniture manufacturer and internet service provider.

  • Governor's school could expand, as local interest contracts

    HILLSVILLE — While Southwest Virginia Governor’s School officials contemplate an expansion of their program, Carroll educators wonder if they can reignite their students’ interest in the special math and science curriculum in Pulaski.
    Sherry Pugh, assistant director and math teacher, represented the governor’s school before the Carroll County School Board at its Nov. 12 meeting while sharing the expansion proposal.

  • Va. highway projects face legislative roadblocks

    RICHMOND — A fight over landmark road funding legislation resolved late in this year’s General Assembly term evidently was just the opening round as two bills were prefiled last month seeking to take away some, or all, of its revenue.
    The transportation plan added a method for raising another $40 million for U.S. 58 projects. If passed, the bills could take away the funding mechanisms that would have provided that money.

  • Rex to close in January for repairs, new lighting

    The Rex Theater in Galax will be closed for three months starting in early January while the ceiling is replaced and the lighting is upgraded, according to Galax Tourism Director Ray Kohl.
    The doors will lock on the city’s historic performance venue following a hectic chain of scheduled holiday events.

  • New industry getting started in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations, the startup screenprinting company locating in the Carroll Industrial Park, should be in full production early in 2014 as printing continues to rev up this week.
    In the meantime, CEO Keith Sanders remains pleased about the progress in revamping the former Gildan facility into a state-of-the-art commercial screenprinting facility.

  • Gun goes off in car, child not harmed

    HILLSVILLE — A 34-year-old Hillsville woman faces charges, one a felony, involving an incident with a loaded rifle going off in the back of a vehicle, according to Hillsville police.
    It happened Dec. 1 when Joanna Reagan Gardner stopped at the Gulf station on South Main Street after picking up an unidentified juvenile to play with her children, according to Police Chief Greg Bolen.

  • Local tree growers resist rot

    INDEPENDENCE — The elevations and steep slopes of Grayson County, Virginia’s most fertile ground for Christmas tree growing, provides local farmers with a “competitive advantage” over other places in the United States, according to information from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.