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  • Carroll to go after unpaid tax revenue

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will advertise a list of delinquent taxpayers and utilize DMV stops to collect an estimated $5 million in unpaid taxes and fees.

    The board continued its ongoing discussion of methods to generate revenue at a budget workshop meeting on Monday evening. Collecting delinquent taxes would help Carroll cover rising costs that were brought up in a budget report at the Feb. 12 meeting.

  • Business owners convicted of tax evasion

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A local couple faces a prison term and restitution after being convicted of tax evasion and conspiracy charges in federal court.

    In January, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia convicted Jeffrey and Karen Dalton of Hillsville of tax evasion and conspiring to structure currency transactions, according a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Bipartisan deal would raise felony threshold to $500

    RICHMOND – State leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise to raise the felony larceny threshold and pass legislation to ensure that crime victims are paid restitution.

    The General Assembly will pass and the governor will support and sign a package of bills, which includes legislation introduced by Del. Les Adams (R-Pittsylvania) and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Roanoke) to raise the felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. Suetterlein’s district includes part of Carroll County.

  • Firefighters battle blaze at Hills Trucking

    WOODLAWN – Fast action by Hill’s Coal and Trucking personnel last week prevented potential danger and serious structure damage after several employees noticed a tractor-trailer parked near the building had caught fire.

    Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Galax-Grayson EMS responded to the scene at around 9:05 p.m. on Feb. 6, to extinguish the fire.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • Virginia likely to expand medical marijuana

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginia inched closer to greatly expanding medical marijuana use last week after legislation passed the Senate with unanimous support – three days after its companion bill was likewise approved by the House of Delegates.

    SB 726, which passed 38-0 on Feb. 5, would let doctors issue certifications for patients to use cannabis oil to treat the symptoms of diagnosed conditions or diseases. The House version of the bill – HB 1251 – passed 98-0 on Feb. 2.

  • Bill seeks to repeal 'racist' wage law

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – More than half a century after the end of Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation in the South, legislators are finding remnants of racism in Virginia law.

    The Code of Virginia makes it legal for employers to pay less than minimum wage to “newsboys, shoe-shine boys, caddies on golf courses, babysitters, ushers, doormen, concession attendants and cashiers in theaters.”

  • Eisenhauer pleads no contest to murder

    CHRISTIANSBURG — David Edmond Eisenhauer was found guilty of the murder of Nicole Lovell, abduction and concealing her body, after he pleaded no contest to all three charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Friday.

    The plea came in the wake of the prosecution’s attempt Thursday to submit chat conversations recovered from his phone as evidence.

  • Fries man charged with stabbing

    A Fries man has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding in connection with an offense that occurred on Feb. 3 in Galax.

    Galax police were called to a motel in the city to investigate a complaint of damaged property, according to a report from Chief Rick Clark.

    “Officer Adam Newman met with a witness and his initial investigation caused him to believe that there had been an altercation, because of what he believed to be blood stains at the scene,” Clark said.

  • Carroll teen recovering from heart transplant

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School will hold a spaghetti meal fundraiser Sunday for Clayton Davis, a junior recovering from a heart transplant.

    The meal will be in the CCHS cafeteria from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Davis, an active member in the CCHS Future Farmers of America (FFA), received a heart transplant at UVA Medical Center on Jan. 8 and will stay in Charlottesville for an additional two months to recover from the operation.