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  • Man reported missing in Carroll County

    Update: Sheriff J. B. Gardner has confirmed by phone with Shaine Scott Eckrote's mother that she knows where her son is and that he is okay. "Mrs. Barkley wanted to thank everyone who was involved in locating her son," the Sheriff said in an email to The Gazette.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of 20 year old Shaine Scott Eckrote of Patrick County, after members of his family reported him missing from the Kanawha Valley Arena area, in Dugspur.    

  • Vanguard announces 200 jobs in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Vanguard Furniture on Tuesday morning announced the opening of a new upholstery factory in Carroll County.

    A news release from Vanguard said operations will begin in August and the company anticipates more than 200 people will be employed when the operation in the Carroll County Industrial Park is fully functional.

  • Carroll IDA chairman Richard Slate dies

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Slate Sr. of Hillsville — a World War II veteran, chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and an active member of the community — passed away on July 12 at age 92.

  • U.S. 58 project included in governor's funding package

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last month that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding on the development of significant projects that will improve safety and traffic flow in the Salem region.

    The projects are part of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation improvements statewide over the next six years. The funding was available July 1.

    Included in the list of projects funds is nearly $670,000 for planning U.S. 58 Corridor Development projects.

  • 10 years later, patients still discovering free clinic

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, opened in 2004, is still alive and kicking, though coordinator Latonia Marshall wishes more people knew that.

    “We still to this day have people tell us they didn’t know we were here,” said Marshall.

    In fact, the clinic has been around for about 10 years, founded by Dr. Robert Pryor of Carilion Internal Medicine, Marshall said.

  • Vandalism suspects charged

    Galax police investigated property damage at three locations that occurred the night of July 11.

    The athletic track and a stop sign at Galax High School, the tennis courts at the Galax Recreation Center, and the skate park on South Main Street were vandalized with spray paint.

    Officer Chris Hines investigated and has charged a single adult and will be seeking juvenile petitions on two Carroll County youths resulting from the investigation.

  • Carroll officials plan economic development announcement

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and several guests will share an economic development announcement at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Tuesday.
    According to a press release, the announcement will take place in the board of supervisors meeting room on the second floor at 10 a.m.
    County officials gave no hint as to what the announcement might involve.

  • Grayson authorities discover stockpile of illegal drugs, prescription pills

    ELK CREEK — Grayson County authorities arrested two men last week, after finding stockpiles of illegal substances, including methamphetamine, at an Elk Creek home.

    According to the police report, Grayson County Deputy Eric Testerman encountered a suspicious individual at Clark Hill Service Station on U.S. 21 North on July 9.

    Testerman identified the subject as Adam James Woods, 28, of Troutdale. “Woods appeared very nervous, so Testerman asked him for consent to search his backpack and Woods agreed,” said the report.

  • P.U.S.H.-ed to Conviction

    “It just happened in 2007. I was drunk, intoxicated, high. I walked into a gas station convenience store. It was in Florida. I walked behind the counter. The clerk thought I was trying to rob the place.”

    The teller of this particular tale is a 36-year-old former convict, explaining when he hit bottom.

  • Leaving child in hot car can be deadly

    As temperatures climb during the summer and early fall months, stories of children dying in cars from heat stroke are cropping up in areas all over the country.

    So far this year, according to kidsandcars.org, 16 children nationwide have suffered heat-related deaths after being left in the car, which experts say is less than half of the typical yearly average.