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  • Carroll County deputy dies in crash

    HILLSVILLE — Curtis Bartlett, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, died in the line of duty last Thursday night, killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer while on the way to assist fellow officers involved in a chase.

    Though he met a tragic end, Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Bartlett, 32, died doing what he lived for: “He wanted to chase bad guys and catch them.”

  • Maintenance worker charged with sexual battery

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― An Independence man has been charged with one count of sexual battery, after allegedly making inappropriate contact with a tenant at Grayson Manor Apartments.

    Sgt. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department, who investigated the incident, said that he responded to a complaint on Jan. 3. The suspect, Dylan Michael Privett, was employed as a maintenance worker for the apartments, Adams said.

  • Juvenile charged in Railroad Ave. crash

    Staff Reports

    A two-vehicle accident on Feb. 27 at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and E. Grayson Street left one vehicle a total loss, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    A 2004 Peterbuilt 330 truck, operated by a Galax juvenile, was traveling west on Grayson Street and attempted to turn south onto Railroad, when it turned into the path of a 1989 Buick LeSabre operated by Ricky Lynn Bell, 59, of Fancy Gap, traveling east on Grayson, and struck it.

  • Carroll's fund balance shrinking


    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, like many other localities across the United States, is experiencing a time when expenditures are increasing at a higher rate than revenues.

    During the Feb. 13 meeting of the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Gordon Jones — a CPA who works at the Blacksburg office of the auditing firm of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates — presented a county audit report with figures that didn’t reflect positive results.

  • Arrests include escape, larceny and abduction

    Staff Reports

    A Woodlawn man charged with grand larceny now faces additional charges after police say he escaped from custody last week.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Codie Nathaniel Fletcher, 19, was arrested on March 3 by Officer Terry Woods and charged with felony breaking and entering a dwelling with intent to commit larceny, felony grand larceny by stealing property valued at more than $200 (not from a person), two counts of misdemeanor revocation of suspended sentence and probation and misdemeanor contempt of court.

  • Hungry Farmer Restaurant closed after fire


    CANA – A popular Cana restaurant remains closed after an early morning fire last Friday caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

    An employee spotted the fire in the basement of the Hungry Farmer Restaurant, located on U.S. 52, and called 911 at 5:06 a.m. on March 3.

    Richard Sowers, chief of the Cana Volunteer Fire Department, said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to bring the fire under control.

  • Delaware man charged with grand larceny

    Staff Reports

    A Delaware man has been arrested for grand larceny in connection with a vehicle theft that occurred on Feb. 22.

    While on patrol, Sgt. Jody Poole of the Galax Police Department discovered a vehicle that had been involved in an accident on East Center Street. There was no operator or occupant around the vehicle, which was discovered at 4:30 a.m., according to a police report.

  • Amendment fails, but final hope remains for SWVTC

    RICHMOND — Another General Assembly session has passed without a definitive answer about the fate of Virginia’s training centers for the disabled, but one final hope remains, thanks to a budget amendment.

    In developing a final budget, members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates included a new amendment that would direct the state to look at operating a full-time, albeit smaller, training center. The Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville and the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights are set to close.

  • Reserve Blvd. crash causes injuries


    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Reserve Boulevard and Mountain View Avenue in Galax on Sunday at 3:24 p.m. left several people with unknown injuries and one refusal of treatment, but no fatalities, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

  • Two file for Carroll School Board election


    HILLSVILLE – Two candidates have met the requirements and filed for the Carroll County School Board election on Nov. 7.

    Gina Hall has filed for the Fancy Gap District seat and Virgil Hall has filed for the Laurel Fork District.

    The Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap district seats are up for election on Nov. 7.