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  • Hillsville names Parnell citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Laura Beth Parnell has been selected as Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month for November for her work with several community groups.

    Parnell was selected by Town Manager Retta Jackson, and presented with the award at Hillsville Town Council’s Nov. 10 meeting.

  • Hillsville denies zoning request for apartments

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has rejected a proposal to rezone 319 Edgewood Drive from a residential to multi-residential property.

    Prior to the town’s decision, a public hearing was held on Oct. 27 to hear concerns from the community regarding the proposal.

    According to the Hillsville Planning Commission, 18 people were opposed to the proposal at the meeting, and three other citizens called to communicate their disapproval to the commission afterwards.

  • Center helps grow small local businesses

    HILLSVILLE ― Local small businesses created fewer jobs this year and fewer new businesses started up, but more existing companies expanded and jobs were retained.

    These figures came from the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Galax, which works with local entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses.

    Mandy Archer, director of the SBDC, gave a report on this year’s figures to the Carroll County IDA at its Nov. 4 meeting.

  • Stab victim charged with domestic assault

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville man has been charged with two counts of domestic assault against his girlfriend, who was charged on Friday for allegedly stabbing him in the back with a knife.

  • Fries to seek funding to fix up rec center

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a resolution to authorize the recreation center renovation committee to seek and accept planning and evaluation funding on behalf of the town.

    Mayor Richard Farmer requested the vote at council’s Nov. 4 meeting.

    The resolution states that the town-owned structure — commonly referred to as the Fries “Y” — is in a state that may become unsafe and unusable for town activities and other uses.

  • Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville woman has been charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend at their apartment on Friday.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Department Investigator Sgt. Alan Gravley, Lonnie Baggatta, 31, of Hillsville, entered the department’s office on Main Street at approximately 9 a.m., and informed officers that he had been stabbed in the back with a knife.

  • CenturyLink to help with stormwater relocation

    CenturyLink has agreed to help financially with redesigning and relocating a stormwater system in Galax that the telecommunications company’s lines are in conflict with.

    Galax City Council discussed the latest developments at its October meeting.

    After a conference call with the city, CenturyLink provided a check for $80,000 for the relocation of the storm system in Galax’s “Bottom” area, where the city is working to fix stormwater drainage issues that lead to flooding.

  • Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate race

    RICHMOND — Republican candidate Ed Gillespie on Friday afternoon conceded the surprisingly close U.S. Senate race to the Democratic incumbent, Mark Warner.

    Warner received 49 percent of the vote, to Gillespie’s 48 percent. That margin would have entitled Gillespie to a recount, but he said Friday that he won’t seek one.

    The State Board of Elections on Friday showed Warner leading by more than 16,000 votes out of more than 2 million total ballots cast — a margin of about one percentage point.

  • Davis charged with DUI, grand larceny

    Casey Shane Davis, 22, of Galax was arrested and charged with grand larceny of a truck on Nov. 4.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Davis was charged after police received a report of a suspected drunk driver on Webster Street. The victim overheard the description of the vehicle involved and discovered that his truck had been stolen after he went to check on it.

    The vehicle was recovered on Webster Street after having been involved in an accident. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,500.

  • Driver in fatal crash charged with homicide

    CANA — Christopher Dean Woolwine, 29, of Christiansburg has been charged with second-degree homicide resulting from a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Oct. 31 in Carroll County.

    Woolwine’s 4-year-old son died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. Police say Woolwine was fleeing the scene of an earlier wreck along the same stretch of U.S. 52.