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  • IDA sells industrial park land for new business

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) passed a resolution Monday afternoon to sell a parcel of land located near the old Andrews Farming building in the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    The motion to approve this resolution, made by IDA Member Richard Sowers, was seconded by IDA Member Larry Chambers, carrying a unanimous 7-0 vote by the council.

    The 8.8 acres of land were sold to Donald and Unella Branscome for $90,200, and reportedly will be used to construct an office and machine shop, and for other business purposes.

  • Defense shifts blame to Keepers

    Day 2

    Tammy Weeks, Lovell’s mother, was called as a witness on Tuesday.

    She spoke of her daughter’s early illness that led to a liver transplant, which from childhood on necessitated Lovell to take immunosuppressive drugs so that her body would not reject the donor organ. Weeks or Lovell’s grandfather, who also lived there, would set out Lovell’s pills in the morning.

  • Trial begins in Lovell murder case

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Prior to jury selection, David Eisenhauer pleaded not guilty in the 2016 stabbing death of 13 year old Blacksburg native Nicole Lovell in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Monday.

    Eisenhauer, 20, of Columbia, Md., a former Virginia Tech student, stands accused of murder, abduction and concealing a body.

    The Blacksburg case has a local connection, as Eisenhauer has family in the Twin Counties and Lovell’s body was found beside Route 89 in North Carolina, just south of the Galax city limits and the Grayson County border.

  • Search goes on for missing Whitetop man

    Staff Report

    A national organization that brings attention to missing people will hold an event on Sunday to help raise awareness of the case of John William Wingler Sr., 74, of Whitetop.

    The AWARE Foundation Inc., along with Wingler’s family and friends, are holding an event at the Food City in Damascus on Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. “We ask for all media and law enforcement to please attend,” said Kenny Jarrels of The AWARE Foundation,. “This family needs answers as to what happened to their beloved family member.”

  • Blue Ribbon Fair

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll’s Agricultural Fair Committee organized a celebration of the county fair’s success over the past two consecutive years, when it was recognized as “Best Fair in Virginia” in the small fairs division by the Virginia Association of Fairs.

  • Bill would allow cell towers with no local input

    Galax City Council has approved a resolution opposing a wireless infrastructure bill moving through the Virginia General Assembly, which would remove local authority concerning zooming matters about where cell towers can be placed.

    The bill would allow towers 50 feet tall or less to be built within rights-of-way without local control.

    Council voted on the Wireless Infrastructure Resolution at its Jan. 22 meeting.

  • Play therapy creates safe space for kids

    Chris Belcher, a local newly-licensed professional therapist, says he wants to help kids play more.

    Well, not exactly that; more like he wants to help kids tackle their problems by helping them use play to work out problems and bring up issues they might not otherwise be able to address.

    In order to do this, he uses play therapy, a method of taking something children do naturally and use it as a means of psychological healing.

  • Two charged in grand jury indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two previously sealed Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indictments were recently opened and arrests made.

    The grand jury met Jan. 26 and indictments were handed down against 24 suspects on burglary, drug violations and other charges. Several more indictments were sealed.

    Sealed indictments against Dakota Allen Blevins, 27, of Ivanhoe and Joshua Edward Hayes, 29, of Fries, were opened last week.

  • Bill would boost wages for restaurant workers

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – The unstable nature of relying on tips to make a living is reflected in the paychecks of restaurant servers like Connor Rhodes, who has been serving Richmond’s restaurant goers for four years and says it’s not unusual for his paycheck to be zero dollars.

    That’s because he earns $2.13 an hour – a “subminimum wage” – which, after taxes, can result in an empty wallet if tips are weak and shifts are sparse.

  • Connell to serve 15 years for fatal dog attack

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 3-year-old girl, has been sentenced on multiple convictions after submitting a plea in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 3, 2017.

    Connell was sentenced on Jan. 26. According to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, felony child endangerment and maintaining a dangerous dog.