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Today's News

  • More water work on the way at Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — More water supply work will take place at Interstate 77 Exit 1 soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority recently requested bids for an improvement project there.
    Authority officials have issued advertisements seeking sealed bids for two components in this effort:
    • for installation of lines and a pump station.
    This will include 16,100 feet of pipe up to eight inches in diameter.
    • for a 105,000 gallon water storage tank, which includes an access road and piping.

  • Woman could face federal fraud charges

    A Galax woman was arrested Dec. 11 on a direct indictment alleging that she obtained money by false pretenses from a disabled person.
    Tamara Parnell, 35, of Galax was arrested by Galax Detective Robbie Isom and a special agent of the U.S. Secret Service, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    An investigation was conducted following a complaint received by the Galax Department of Social Services, alleging that Parnell had diverted funds from an account of a female she was paid to keep in her home, Clark said.

  • Grayson disbands rec board

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors made a surprising move on Dec. 12 with the decision to disband the Grayson County Parks and Recreation Policy Committee.
    The vote was a controversial one, with citizens and two supervisors protesting the decision. Supervisor David Sexton brought the recommendation to the board, saying there had been discussion for some time about the fate of the committee leading up to that night.

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A fugitive wanted in West Palm Beach, Fla., was apprehended in Independence on Dec. 13.
    According to a news release, more than a dozen officers from Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with apprehending a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last Friday.

  • Cavs capitalize on chilly Tide

    Brick happens.

    Some nights it matters not a whit how close, how far, how open or how well-guarded one is. Putting the ball in the basket will be like pushing a frayed rope through a keyhole. Galax managed to make just one of its first 34 shots from the floor while Carroll County overcame its own cold start with a torrid third quarter and raced away with a 54-28 nondistrict win Friday night.

  • Carroll boys lead start to finish

    This past weekend kicked off what was for many civic and religious organizations the prime viewing time for their annual Christmas thespian productions. And that was a good thing. For there was no drama to be found in Galax’s gym Friday night.

    Carroll County built a 10-point lead in the first quarter and was ahead by double figures for all but a few moments the rest of the way, taking a 47-35 nondistrict win over the Maroon Tide.

  • Woman charged with murder in Frazier shooting

    HILLSVILLE — Indictments unsealed by the Carroll Circuit Court on Monday confirm that two charges have been filed against a 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman in the October shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

     

  • Readers' Hotline 12/16/13

    Workforce risks

  • Library book review could benefit from variety of viewpoints

    The Galax High School Library Book Committee was recently formed to create a screening matrix for books coming into the high school library.
    The group is made up of a handful of individuals, including school officials, parents and one honor student. And while they plan to get input from the community on this issue, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that he wants to be careful about the group’s size, since too many voices could halt productivity.

  • PSA ponders what to do with leftover grant money

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members indicated their preference for using leftover project funds towards reaching out to new users at their Dec. 9 meeting.
    County County Administrator Gary Larrowe introduced the topic of unspent funds from the sewer project at Interstate 77 Exit 19 sewer, regional water projects and Fancy Gap water, and then turned the discussion over to engineer Kevin Heath to make recommendations on what could be done with that money.
    All funds come from Rural Development in the form of loans and grants.