Today's News

  • Virginia schools exempt from strict AYP standards

    Five more states – including Virginia – have been granted flexibility from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind education law, the Obama administration announced Friday.
    That brings the total number of states receiving waivers to 24. Thirteen other applications are still being reviewed.

  • Ground broken for U.S. 58 expansion

    LAUREL FORK — Two superhighway-related projects will remain in Carroll County after completion of the 8.2-mile widening of U.S. 58 from Laurel Fork to Meadows of Dan, which state and local officials and Branch Highways ceremonially broke ground on Tuesday.

  • Blankenship named new Carroll schools chief

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  • Linville waives hearing in rape case

    Tropical Tanning Salon owner Jimmy Ray Linville, 51, who is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years of age, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last Friday.
    Linville was arrested March 28 at his business, located at 209 Oldtown St. in Galax, after the Galax Police Department conducted an investigation.

  • Council working to keep training center open

    HILLSVILLE — Thousands of signatures opposing the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center are on their way to Richmond, collected by the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) throughout the Twin Counties.
    Charlotte Barkley placed the petitions with 5,367 signatures into the hands of Israel O’Quinn, General Assembly delegate representing the 5th District, to take back and share with other state officials.

  • A night of tearful departures in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Amid the continuing turmoil of a changing of the guard in Hillsville government, there were some heartfelt moments as four town leaders served at their final council meeting on Monday night.
    Mayor Bill Tate and Council Member Orba Alderman were defeated in May’s election and their terms end June 30, after 14 years in office.

  • War of words continues in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor-elect Greg Crowder continued to be a “polarizing agent,” in the words of one speaker, as evidenced by comments from citizens at Hillsville Town Council on Monday.
    At council’s June 11 meeting, supporters and opponents of Crowder — and, to a lesser extent, council member-elect David Young — exchanged often volatile words and accusations. Other speakers either backed or condemned Town Manager Larry South and Police Chief Steve Williams.

  • Public record for 6/20/12 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed: