Today's News

  • Carroll girls pull away late

    HILLSVILLE –– Holding a slim three-point lead over Marion late in the third quarter, Carroll County closed the game on a 16-0 run and claimed a 51-32 win over the Scarlet Hurricane in a Southwest District girls’ game Tuesday.

  • Singing King's Praises — with video


    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equality continues to inspire decades after his passing.
    Local church congregations came together on Jan. 15 to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's lasting influence.
    The theme of the annual event — held this year at Gospel Temple in the Oldtown community in  West Galax — was "Born To Inspire."


  • School leaders decry McDonnell's education plans

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND  — Virginia’s school superintendents took aim at a couple of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s key legislative initiatives Tuesday, calling them unfunded mandates that would cause crippling budget cuts in local school divisions across the state.
    Particularly onerous, they said, is the Republican governor’s proposal to pump an unprecedented $2.2 billion into Virginia’s underfunded state retirement system.

  • Court to decide AmerLink lease

    WILSON, N.C. — Carroll County and other affected parties should know if the federal bankruptcy court allows the lease sale for the former AmerLink sales center to go through after a hearing Jan. 24.
    AmerLink officials, in an economic deal with Carroll County, said the log home company would create 200 local jobs, but went bankrupt after building the model homes and half a saw mill. Carroll County sued to recoup 32 acres of industrial land and $600,000 in incentives from the deal, though an auction of former AmerLink properties generated far less revenue than that.

  • Water negotiations coming up dry so far

    HILLSVILLE — While the Carroll County Public Service Authority approved an agreement in December to buy water from the city of Mount Airy, N.C., for the area around Lambsburg’s Interstate 77 interchange, the city for its part has not signed on to be the supplier yet.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted at the January authority meeting that county officials continued working on the potential relationship with Mount Airy.

  • Chamber charts new course


  • Reignited interest in natural gas pipeline


  • Wildwood gets state grant for grading

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority was awarded $589,000 by the Virginia Tobacco Commission last week, covering 90 percent of the cost of engineering and geotechnical testing for Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market in Carroll County also received a grant from the commission.
    The commerce park is located off Interstate 77’s Exit 19 in Carroll County, about a mile from Twin County Regional Airport.

  • Bills offer glimpse of new legislators' agendas


  • Hudson, Eastridge marry

    Lyndsey Hudson and Travis Eastridge were united in marriage Oct. 15, 2011, at Foster Falls Amphitheater in Foster Falls. The Rev. Paul Looney officiated.
    The bride is the daughter of Dickie and Diane Strock of Bland. She is the granddaughter of Tom Hudson and the late Margie Hudson of Max Meadows.

    The groom is the son of Eddie and Rhonda Eastridge of Galax. He is the grandson of Lois Vaughan of Galax and the late Alfred Vaughan and Juanita Eastridge of Galax and the late Ingram Eastridge.
    Matron of honor was Leigh-Ann Pike, sister of the bride.