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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 10/14/13

    Non-essential
    Just a thought about the 800,000 non-essential employees that were sent home when the government shut down. If you are saying each one of them worked 8 hours a day, it would be 64 million hours. Times that by just $7 an hour — not even minimum wage — and you get $44,800,000. I wonder where that money is going to go. Is it going to reduce the deficit? That is just for one day, too. And, if it is non-essential, why are there 800,000 non-essential employees?

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  • Landfill cell closure underway in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Workers scurry over 13.6 acres of mounded earth on this bright Tuesday at the Twin County landfill, bent on various tasks to seal off the waste and prevent 23 years of accumulated garbage from leaking and causing pollution hazards.
    In a maneuver not unlike covering the turf in a baseball stadium during a rain delay, five of 14 workers grab the end and sides of a roll of 22-foot-wide white plastic sheeting and pull briskly to cover a swath of this approximately 50-foot-high hill of garbage and dirt.

  • Fire department taking back a timeless holiday tradition

    A holiday tradition will come full circle in the City of Galax this year as the annual Community Christmas Chest project is passed back into the charge of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department.
    Over the past 30 years, the fundraising project that puts together food boxes for the needy at Christmas, has been tended by the Galax Y’s Men Club, which has fostered a strong increase in community support. This year, the club has decided to give the project back to the organization that originally oversaw it.

  • Woodlawn transfer vote divides board

    HILLSVILLE — Two protest votes cast by Carroll School Board members against transferring Woodlawn to the county supervisors nearly defeated the idea, as the school board chairman thought the land might become useful for growth in the future.
    When the board members discussed the matter Oct. 8, several of them felt the idea to turn over the more than a century old facility to county officials was a “done deal.”

  • Getting ready for the insurance marketplace

    GUEST EDITORIAL
     By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

  • Week 7 primer

     

     

    Fort Chiswell (5-0)

    at Galax (2-3)

    For the first time in about 10 years, Fort Chiswell is wearing gold helmets instead of black. It could have just been time for a change. Or the Pioneers may have broken out the commemorative edition a little early.

  • Blue Devils sweep Richlands

    INDEPENDENCE –– After holding off Richlands for a tight win in the first set, Grayson County gathered momentum the rest of the way and swept a Conference 39 match from the Blue Tornado, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 Monday night.

    The Blue Devils improved to 12-2 on the year with the nondistrict win while Richlands saw its record drop to 12-8.

  • Maroon Tide golfers reach state

    DRAPER –– Close may only count in horseshoes and hand grenades, but a not-too-distant second place can get the job done in high school golf, too.

    Galax didn’t bring home the championship from the inaugural Region 1A West golf tournament Monday at Draper Valley Golf Club, but the Maroon Tide achieved its major objective of advancing as a team to the state tournament after taking the runner-up spot to Holston by 10 strokes. Both teams will take part in the Group 1A tournament Monday and Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

  • Two seek Pipers Gap seat on Carroll board

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE
    StaffHILLSVILLE — A choice between two candidates in the Pipers Gap District is the only contested race for the Carroll Board of Supervisors this fall.
    Republican incumbent Tom Littrell will face a challenge from independent Robert “Robbie” McCraw on Nov. 5 in the first election after Carroll County implemented staggered terms.
    The fall general election also features two incumbent supervisors who are running unopposed in their districts — Joshua Hendrick in Laurel Fork and Phil McCraw in Fancy Gap.

  • Wildwood project making progress

    Ken McFadyen and Mandy Archer, representatives of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), had impressive numbers to show members of Galax City Council at their October meeting on Monday.
    McFadyen began the presentation by outlining some of the economic development accomplishments BRCEDA has achieved this year, including an update on the current state of Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County.