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  • End of Watch: Community says goodbye to deputy

    The one word echoed over and over again Wednesday at Curtis Bartlett’s funeral at First Baptist Church of Galax was “inspired.”

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, who was also a U.S. Army veteran and an elite athlete who served as a brand ambassador for RSP Nutrition, was clearly far more than the sum of his titles.

    The funeral was closed to media, but livestreamed over the church’s Facebook page, where videos of the event are still available.

  • Improvements continue at Fries Community Center

    FRIES ― In fall 2014, when Fries Community Center Board Chairman Denny Brooms was told that the Fries Recreation Center board would be disbanding and a new board would be formed, he volunteered to serve on the board with 15 other people.

    The board held its first meeting on Jan. 12, 2015. A dozen volunteers attended, and following introductions, Brooms was asked to serve as chairman.

  • Annual 'Bid for a Cure' auction set for March 18

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It’s almost as sure as the change of seasons: spring means the jonquils bloom, the little birds sing and the “Bid for a Cure” auction offers items, services and opportunities for happy bidders.

  • Edwards in custody after police pursuit

    Staff Report

    A Carroll County man is in custody after a chase that involved several law enforcement agencies last week and caused a lockdown at a local elementary school. The man faces several charges from Carroll County and is expected to face more from Wythe County.

    According to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner, on March 7 at 3 p.m., his office was notified by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office that they were in pursuit of a maroon Ford pickup on Casselton Road, just off Route 100.

  • Second phase of trail opens in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― Town of Independence and Grayson County officials gathered at the Crooked Road Kiosk off of Morton Drive in Independence on March 9 to celebrate the completion of Phase II with the Grayson County Enhancement Trail Project.

    The milestone was celebrated with a brief ceremony, and a ribbon cutting.

    This second of three planned phases connects Nautilus Way Road and travels along Grayson Parkway to the entrance of the Grayson Industrial Park.

  • Deputy was 'real-life superhero' to kids

    HILLSVILLE – Teachers and students at Hillsville Elementary School have placed a memorial to fallen Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett just inside the main entrance to the school, featuring photos and items to remind them of their former school resource officer.

    According to Principal Samantha Reed, the memorial was put together as a way for the students to help deal with the loss.

  • More details about chase that resulted in fatality

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has released more details about a police chase that resulted in the death of Deputy Curtis Bartlett on March 9.

    Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit of a suspect who fled from deputies when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

    The pursuit to which Bartlett was responding began at approximately 9:50 p.m.

  • Funeral arrangement set for Deputy Bartlett

    The funeral for Deputy Curtis Bartlett will be held Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Galax at 2 p.m., and visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. at the church.

    Bartlett died on duty March 9 while responding to a pursuit, when his police cruiser hit a tractor-trailer.

  • Buses, capital improvements among school needs

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the state’s final budget for the year has been approved by the General Assembly, Grayson County Public Schools officials are crunching the numbers in their own spending plan in the hopes of funding capital improvement projects over the next year, and providing a 1 percent raise for staff.

  • Wreck causes chain reaction crashes on I-77

    A wreck on Interstate 77 in Wythe County caused traffic backups early last Thursday morning, which resulted in two subsequent crashes in Carroll County.

    According to reports from the Virginia State Police, a wreck occurred in Wythe County in the northbound lanes of I-77 sometime before 7:30 a.m. On March 9. Officials in Carroll County were then notified of two accidents that occurred in the traffic backup from the original wreck.