Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 3/12/12

    Lost and found
    A big thank you to the person that found that metal disc out on the New River Trail. We have a granddaughter with cerebral palsy and that disk holds her iPod. That is one of the few enjoyments she has in life. That disk dropped off of her wheel chair. Thank you again for rescuing it and making it so we could find it so easily. We will have a much happier granddaughter because of it.

    Real results

  • Man charged with assault, burglary in Galax


  • Carroll schools could face painful choices

    HILLSVILLE  — Instead of closing a Carroll school or laying off 40 employees, educators will ask for help from the county supervisors to make up their projected $2 million shortfall for fiscal year 2013.
    Squeezed by proposals that will drive up expenses for retirement and insurance and state funding cuts estimated at $600,000, Carroll County Public Schools officials have a list of “drastic” and potentially “devastating” cuts if they don’t get some financial help.

  • Capital improvement plan subject to change

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County has a capital improvement plan that schedules the heating and air system replacement at the high school for 2014, but county officials stressed the plan might not unfold as written.
    At their regular county board meeting Feb. 13, supervisors stressed that the plan is subject to change, in a discussion that proceeded the approval of the capital improvement plans that dealt with the Public Service Authority, general county and school system for five years into the future.

  • Court will hear from training center families

    RICHMOND — Voices of citizens concerned about closing state training centers for the developmentally disabled will be heard by the United States District Court in Richmond.

  • Grayson begins search for new superintendent

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board will begin the process of hiring a new school system leader by seeking public input on qualifications for a new superintendent.
    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas announced in January her intention to retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year, saying that the early announcement would allow the school board ample time to recruit and select the best candidate for the job.
    Thomas has served as superintendent for six years.

  • Deported man faces drug, gun charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A drivers’ license check point on March 3 led to the capture of man who had already been deported, Virginia State Police say.
    The man was found with concealed weapons and drugs.
    Police have issued multiple charges against Marco Antonio Lopez-Martinez, 26, who had an Independence address, said Trooper Jessie Tilson. “He’s been deported once and made his way back” into the U.S.

  • Part of the family: life in home-based care


  • Smart Beginnings grant will help childcare centers

    A $100,000 grant awarded to Smart Beginnings Twin County from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation will move the program forward in the community, with Carroll County childcare providers being the first to see its benefits.
    Launched in 2010, the statewide Smart Beginnings initiative works to improve quality care and education from birth until kindergarten. The local initiative covers Galax and the Twin Counties.

  • Independence to hold water rates hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Anyone planning to hook onto the Town of Independence water system in the future will pay higher rates if they are approved by town council.
    Proposed rates for new service are: in town, $950; out of town, $1,425; out of town/water authority, $2,925.
    Independence Town Manager Kenneth Vaught said rates haven’t been increased since the mid-1980s. The current tap fees are $325 in town and $487.50 out of town.