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Today's News

  • Carroll hires new tourism manager

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Since moving to the area in 2015, Ken Miller has been active in the community through his work with Carroll’s county fair and agricultural projects.

    That volunteer service has lead to a new position: Carroll County has named Miller as its new tourism manager, effective March 4.

  • Council hears idea to light up town for the holidays

    INDEPENDENCE — Following the success of introducing holiday light shows to Galax and the town of Sparta, N.C., William Bottomley is seeking help from the Town of Independence to offer citizens and tourists a similar experience in Grayson County.

    Bottomley, along with Sparta Mayor Wes Brinegar, presented the idea to town council at their February meeting.

  • Galax punches state ticket

    Galax dominated Rural Retreat in the fourth period last Thursday night and rolled to an easy 41-23 victory in the semifinals of the Region C girls’ basketball tournament played in Galax.

    The Tide (22-4) advanced to the Region C championship game played last Saturday night against Parry McCluer at Eastern Montgomery High School.

    The win also guaranteed the Maroon Tide a spot in the Class 1 state tournament.

    Both teams had trouble scoring but the Tide broke the close game open in the fourth period, outscoring the Indians 14-7.

  • REGION REPEAT: Cavs thump top seed for state berth...

     FOREST –– Roughly a year ago, two of the most prolific scorers in school history played their final game for the Carroll County girls’ basketball program. About three months ago, the Cavaliers lost two key players for the season to injury.

    And four days from now, Carroll County will play in a state tournament quarterfinal just the same.

  • Carroll County welcomes new K9 officer

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office welcomed it newest member last week, after being sworn in on Feb. 15.

    Just as every member of the department has an assignment focus, the newest recruit specializes in narcotics and patrol, with unmatchable loyalty as an added bonus.

  • Most Virginians don't want officials to resign, poll finds

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Virginians have low approval ratings of Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, but most people say no one should resign or be impeached, according to a recent poll by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

    It found that of the state’s three top officials, Attorney General Mark Herring is the best-positioned to remain in office.

  • Carroll citizens speak out on debt, tax proposals

    HILLSVILLE — Changes to tax collection in Carroll have been tabled for review after the board of supervisors heard concerns from citizens regarding the county’s current financial status and recent proposals for amendments to tax collection and exemption ordinances.

  • Disaster relief could be trickle or flood for Galax

    Up to 73 percent of costs to the city associated with last year’s Hurricane Michael could be reimbursed, Galax officials learned from a recent meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Also at the Feb. 11 city council meeting, a citizen asked for help addressing flooding problems on Swanson Street.

    City Manager Keith Barker said he; Galax Police Capt. James Cox, who is the lead disaster coordinator; and Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore were present for the FEMA meeting.

  • We need a new standard for when politicians should step down

    Tracey L. Rogers is an entrepreneur and activist living in Northern Virginia.

    In the 400th year since chattel slavery began in the colony of Virginia in 1619, the commonwealth has been under severe duress, with its heads of state embroiled in controversies descended from the colony’s founding sin.

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