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Today's News

  • Carr to challenge Griffith in 9th District

    ARARAT — Former Congressional candidate William Carr of Patrick County has announced that he will challenge Rep. Morgan Griffith in the Virginia 9th District Congressional race in November.
    Carr and Griffith were among the six candidates seeking nomination at the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.

  • New director will guide music center

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has appointed Richard Emmett as director of music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax.
    Just a few weeks into his new position, Emmett has spent his time meeting local talent, familiarizing himself with his surroundings and learning everything he can from his predecessor, Erynn Marshall.
    Walking into his office, Emmett immediately pointed to one of his favorite perks about his new job: a window that overlooks the natural beauty found along the parkway.

  • Zoning revisions continue in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Planning Commission has taken on the tall task of revising the county’s zoning ordinance by a May deadline, with members examining and making revisions to several articles of the ordinance at five meetings thus far and several special called meetings since February.

    After originally voting to repeal the ordinance in January, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors put that on hold and instead charged the commission in February with revising the ordinance to make it more “user-friendly.”

  • Senior program shutting down

    The regional Retired Senior Volunteer Program ended March 31, after its contract for federal funding was not extended.
    District Three Governmental Cooperative is notifying participants in RSVP this week.
    “Our program began 30 years ago in 1984, and at its peak served over 1,000 volunteers,” District Three said in a news release. “The federal funding for the program has never been adequate, and the loss of United Way support in recent years has made it increasingly difficult to meet the local match requirement.”
    The RSVP Program serves about 200 senior volunteers.

  • Grants Supermarket to take old Kroger spot

    Ron Martin, co-owner and CEO of Hometown Grocery LLC, known locally as Grants Supermarket, has just announced plans to locate a new supermarket in the old Kroger building in Galax.

  • Cavs win big; Devils outlast Radford

    DUBLIN –– Led by three hits each from six different players, Carroll County scored early and often, taking a 20-1 lead after three innings and hammering  Pulaski County in a five-inning River Ridge District game.

    Carroll County (1-1) sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring nine runs on seven walks and five hits, including a two-run double off the bat of Kenley Meredith.

    The Cavaliers kept it going with seven runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run double by Reece Edwards.

  • Carroll nips Maroon Tide 4-3

    HILLSVILLE –– Perhaps it was a good thing that Carroll County got its scoring out of the way early. The Cavaliers had to apply their full concentration to holding Galax at bay.

    After bolting to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Carroll County fought off repeated late threats by the Maroon Tide, finally nailing down a 4-3 win in a nondistrict softball game Wednesday night at the Carroll Recreation Park.

  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

    UPDATED 4/6/14:

  • Readers' Hotline 4/2/14

    Other needs
    The Carroll County supervisors better be thinking about something else besides a swimming pool. Taxpayers do not want that. We have needs of jobs coming in for all these people that we have to keep up on welfare. They would be the only ones to use it. Try catching the dropped taxes up and get a job in here.

    Shanty town

  • Buses a critical need in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Having received a level funding request from the school system for fiscal year 2014-2015, Carroll County supervisors suggested that educators try to find efficiencies in their other major need — a capital improvement request for new buses.