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  • Three charged in Wythe County double homicide

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — Three teens are charged in connection with a double homicide in Wythe County, after the two victims’ bodies were found this week.

    Raymond Lewis Rodriguez, 24, of Austinville, was one of two victims found Dec. 6 at a residence in Wythe County. The second victim was Aiden Dawson, 17, of Wytheville, who had been missing since Nov. 30. Both had been shot in the head, police said.

    In a statement to TV station WDBJ-7, Rodriguez’s sister described Rodriguez and Dawson as “best friends.”

  • Rite-Aid in Galax to become Walgreens

    The Rite-Aid in Galax will become a Walgreens on Dec. 13, according to a company spokesman.

    Walgreens’ Director of External Communications Jim Cohn fielded questions by phone about the change of ownership taking place next week. In September, a deal was struck for Walgreens to purchase 1,932 Rite-Aid stores across the country for $4.4 billion. Rite-Aid will still own a little over half of its stores.

    The Galax store is located at 425 East Stuart Drive.

  • Christmas fund begins mission to help neighbors

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Carroll Christmas Fund, a community effort that makes the holiday season brighter for the less fortunate.

    When the Carroll Christmas Fund began in 1997, volunteers delivered 64 food boxes, said DeAnn Smith of Dawn Auction Company in Hillsville, one of the event’s sponsors. “Since then, this project has been extremely blessed and last year we delivered food boxes to 565 families and toys to over 450 children.”

  • Police chase suspect to be sentenced

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An Austinville man who was involved in a police chase that resulted in a school lockdown earlier this year will be sentenced Dec. 11 in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Eric Donald Edwards, 30, pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to a felony charge of eluding a law enforcement officer, according to court records. He was indicted on that and other charges by a grand jury in June.

  • Missing Carroll man found safe

    UPDATE: Carroll has been found safe at a shelter in Roanoke.

    Original Story:

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man reported missing.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Tuesday that his office has taken a missing person report on a Carroll County man. William McCoy Carroll, 40, left his home near Galax on Dec. 2 and was last seen heading to Roanoke. Gardner said the man was reportedly going to Roanoke “to speak with the FBI.”

  • Fugitive arrested, police seize guns, drugs

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies charged a local man for being a fugitive from Pittsylvania County after a traffic stop on Dec. 1, where they seized an assault rifle, ammo, drugs and a stolen firearm.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Deputy Josh Bowers was on patrol on U.S. 52 in Cana when he attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle with extremely loud exhaust.

  • Trial in deputy’s death set for April

    HILLSVILLE — A two-day jury trial has been set for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy earlier this year.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll authorities in March when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow deputies’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the I-77/U.S 58 intersection. He died at the scene.

  • Date set for Fancy Gap vote recount

    HILLSVILLE — An official election recount for the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board has been set for later this month.

    The election results were challenged by candidate Phillip Berrier, after incumbent Joey Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    A hearing about the recount was held Dec. 1, and the recount was set for Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Carroll County Circuit Court’s law library.

  • Mailbox vandalism investigated

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging mailboxes in recent days.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said all areas of the county have been hit.

    The vandalism began during the night of Nov. 10, when boxes were hit in the area of Fairview, Fishers Gap, Edmonds Road and Fries.

  • Landfill will last another 40 years, authority reports

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors learned at its Nov. 14 meeting that the Carroll-Grayson-Galax Regional Solid Waste Authority is solid financially and the landfill should last for another 40 years.

    Sam Dickson, who represents Carroll on the authority, gave the supervisors an updated report for the site that’s located on Landfill Road in the county. He said the landfill has six cells and estimated the cost to build a new cell at between $3 million and $5 million.