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  • Ararat man faces multiple charges

    HILLSVILLE — An Ararat man was arrested on Dec. 3 and faces multiple charges, after allegedly breaking into a Cana convenience store and stealing two cars on the same day.

    According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, officers received an alarm call to T&M Grocery Store at 12178 Fancy Gap Highway just after midnight on Dec. 3.

    Lt. Tony Horton of the sheriff’s department responded to the store and discovered the front door glass had been completely broken out.

  • Log truck overturns on 52

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 on Monday, when a logging truck lost control and overturned, blocking one lane of traffic.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp, Kevin Wayne Goins, 42, of Mount Airy, N.C., was operating a 1987 Ford L9000 log truck loaded with logs, traveling north on 52, when his vehicle ran off the right side of the highway and into the ditch.

    “When [Goins] tried to bring it out, it overturned, and the logs fell off of the truck,” Delp said.

  • Board kicks around idea for CCMS soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board heard a number of requests from young visitors for a middle school soccer team during the citizen comments portion of the Nov. 11 meeting.

    The idea of a soccer team was introduced to the board in October by middle school principal Marc Quesenberry, who told the board that interest in the sport had spiked this year.

  • Galax to fill council vacancy in January

    In the wake of former council member Bill Webb’s resignation from his seat on Galax City Council, the remaining members will need to hold a special election to fill his seat.

    Council elected to file a petition and writ of election with court to hold it in November 2015, so that the special election could be paid for from the November election budget.

  • Carroll IDA makes Wildwood, Vanguard payments

    HILLSVILLE — Santa might not arrive for another couple of weeks, but the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) stepped into St. Nick’s generous boots on Monday to gift the county supervisors with two checks, one for $1.27 million and another for nearly $119,000.

    The payments were for the Wildwood Commerce Park project and the Parkdale/Vanguard Furniture property.

    IDA Chairman Barry Hicks presented the checks on behalf of the IDA, noting that the authority “has been working to assist the county in any way possible.”

  • Skyline wreck leaves one fatality

    A two-vehicle, head-on collision on Skyline Highway (Virginia 89) south of Galax led to one fatality about 7 a.m. Tuesday

    The wreck was near Galax Roller Land in Grayson County.

    Brian Mark Lundy, 44, of Galax, died in the collision. Emily Rose Hash, 37, also of Galax, was in critical condition and was being transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper J.N. Sowers.

  • Woodlawn school hit by vandals

    WOODLAWN – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in and vandalism that occurred at Woodlawn School the night of Nov. 29 or early on the morning of Nov. 30.

    Carroll Deputy Jake Worrell, who is investigating the case, said entry to the school was made by busting open a door leading to the cafeteria.

  • Hospital unveils new MRI scanner

    After official announcements earlier this year that Twin County Regional Hospital would get a new open MRI machine to complement its new CT scanner unveiled this summer, the device was shown to the public at an open house last Thursday night.

    According to radiologist Dr. Jay Bolen, on hand along with Radiology Director David Payne to demonstrate how the new MRI images will look at and to answer questions, the machine will alleviate multiple problems inherent in older systems.

  • Webb to step down from city council

    Galax City Council has accepted a letter of resignation from council member Bill Webb.

    Webb was not at council’s Nov. 24 meeting and has been absent for several.

    “‘It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as a Galax City Council member, effective Nov. 24, 2014,’” read Mayor C.M. Mitchell. “‘I have enjoyed my time on the council and the efforts we have made over the past six years have made a difference in the lives of your citizens.’”

  • Carroll to help farmers market with credit line

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved a “moral obligation” agreement with Virginia Community Capital to provide a line of credit of up to $1 million for the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.