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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 12/30/13

    Go to the bank
    I read where Carroll County was slow to cash the taxes that were paid. It is not only Carroll County. I live in Grayson County and I called because they hadn’t cashed my check and my checkbook didn’t balance. It was over a month and still not cashed. Why not hire a few more people to keep up with the debt loads to citizens paying taxes. Why should they not be required to cash within timely fashion or be penalized? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Following suit

  • Despite steep cost, curvy road at least needs warning signs

    As Grayson County citizens sign a petition to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect better warning signs for unsuspecting truckers traveling on Comers Rock Road, people in Carroll County are no doubt feeling a little déjà vu.

  • School board accepts bid for STEAM lab

    HILLSVILLE — Though bids for the new sciences lab at Carroll High came in high, Carroll officials still hope to pay for it through money already available for school improvements.
    Soon after the addition of several new classrooms to house the ninth grade at the high school, county officials and educators embarked on a project to replace the four-decades-old heating and air conditioning system and supplying natural gas to the facility to fuel the boilers there.

  • Va. ABC sets another record for alcohol sales

    For the 15th consecutive year, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s stores have had record-setting sales, according to a news release.
    Gross sales increased to $769 million, up $35 million from the previous fiscal year. Profits have risen to $134 million, which is an increase of $2 million from last year.

  • United Way campaign nears goal

    With only two weeks left of the 2013 campaign, United Way Virginia Highlands’ Twin County region has topped 75 of its goal by raising more than $114,000 to date.
    With less than $36,000 left to raise, United Way staff and volunteers aren’t celebrating just yet.   
    “This has been an exciting and successful year for the Twin County Region, but we’ve still got a ways to go,” said Chris Brown, resource development manager of the Twin County Region.

  • DUI suspect faces felony charges

    The Galax Police Department arrested a man on Christmas Day and charged him with a number of traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and two counts of felony hit and run, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Presents pinched by a thieving 'Grinch'

    CANA — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the community to find and arrest a burglary suspect who allegedly broke into a Cana home and stole presents from under the tree on Christmas Eve.

  • School board supports SOL test changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board has pledged its support to a movement gaining momentum across the state that calls for changes in Virginia’s testing system.
    Grayson joins more than 45 other school boards and representatives of 12 major education associations in Virginia who have adopted a resolution calling for state policymakers to change Virginia’s system of testing and accountability so that it is more effective in preparing students for college and careers and more valid in holding educators accountable for student achievement.

  • Woman charged for drugs, child endangerment

    A Galax woman has been arrested on drug possession and child endangerment charges, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Local man launches fundraiser for veterans

    When Freedom Motorsports founder and CEO Chris Kelley of Galax reached out to help a fellow veteran in need, he had no idea how far his outreach would expand.
    Kelley, who operates the online business, launched the Veteran Assistance Fund in an effort to assist service-connected disabled veterans during the holiday season. A veteran himself, he hopes that this effort will reach others who struggle with the psychological aftermath of serving active duty in wars overseas.