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  • Hillsville names West interim treasurer

    HILLSVILLE — An interim treasurer has been elected to fill the seat left by Judy Bolt earlier this month.

    During Hillsville Town Council’s Aug. 25 meeting, members elected Sandra West to take the seat temporarily as they look for a permanent replacement.

    Judy Bolt, the town’s former treasurer and administrative assistant, announced her resignation earlier this month. Her last day was Aug. 19.

    Bolt will be taking over a new position with the City of Galax, as human resources director.

  • Holdaway charged with arson in Pinecrest fire

    Arson and burglary charges have been filed against a Galax man in connection with an Aug. 21 fire that destroyed a portion of Pinecrest Apartments in Galax, police said.

    Philip Allen Holdaway, 34, was charged by Officer Drew Burnett and Sgt. Jody Poole with burglary and intent to commit arson.

    Holdaway is also charged with arson involving a fire at the same location that was discovered March 24, 2013, and extinguished, according to a spokesman for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Hillsville mourns loss of former mayor

    HILLSVILLE - Former Hillsville mayor Randall Gravley died Thursday in Pulaski County. He was 65.

  • Carroll fire departments receive $500,000 grant

    HILLSVILLE – Fire departments in Carroll County will all share in a grant recently awarded to the county by the Department of Homeland Security.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe announced that the county received $500,400 in Round 15 of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the largest amount awarded to any locality in the state.
    In Round 15, Virginia was awarded $754,160 in total funds through the Department of Homeland Security Grant program. Carroll County will receive 66 percent of the total state allotment.

  • Lambsburg woman charged with prescription forgery

    HILLSVILLE - The Hillsville Police Department has arrested a Lambsburg woman on multiple charges, after she allegedly tried to forge a prescription at Hillsville's CVS on Aug. 21.
    According to a news release from Sgt. Alan Gravley, he and Interim Chief Wesley Yonce responded to a call to CVS Pharmacy in Hillsville on Aug. 21, where an employee was requested assistance in reference to a possible forged prescription.
    Once at the scene, Gravley arrested Sherrie Hines, 52, of Lambsburg, for forging a prescription, and possession of Xanax, a Schedule IV drug.

  • Defense submits suppression brief in Jones case

    A court brief filed on behalf of Matthew Steven Jones seeks to suppress a photographic identification procedure that was used in accusing him of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    The brief was filed in Grayson County Circuit Court through his attorney, Karen Boyer of Hillsville.

    George, 33, was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Her body was found weeks later in a ditch beside Brush Creek Road. A witness said she saw Jones near the area at night around the same date and spoke with him before continuing on her way.

  • Commissioner denied raise request

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Board of Supervisors denied a requested increase in salary for four employees of the commissioner of revenue office.
    Commissioner of Revenue Fran McPherson first brought her request for raises in May. The request came after a recent combination of her office with the county's assessor's office. Supervisors decided to table the request, and revisit the matter after the merger took effect.
    McPherson asked for a raise for her employees, but did not request an increase for herself.

  • Safety plans underway for flea market

    HILLSVILLE - While flea market vendors are busy setting up colorful displays to sell during Labor Day weekend in Hillsville, local authorities and rescue squads are implementing strategies to keep streets safe for shoppers.
    This effort, spearheaded by the Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County rescue squads in years past, is to ensure safety from health-, crime- or traffic-related injuries.

  • School Board approves refinancing

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will save nearly $69,000 after approving refinancing of local bonds previously used for renovations and maintenance projects throughout the county.
    Originally referred to as the "$995k" bonds, the Series 2005D Non-Subsidized Loans were used for renovations at Fries Middle School and for various maintenance projects that were approved by the school board after excess funds were found in May.

  • Fire destroys Pine Crest Apartments in Galax