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  • Carroll could qualify for disaster assistance

    RICHMOND — Carroll County is on the list of localities that could be reimbursed by the federal government for costs associated with the severe storms of June 29 through July 1, according to the governor’s office.
    State officials said Monday that Gov. Bob McDonnell requested the financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Virginia and for 59 localities affected by the “derecho” storms.

  • Wounded deputy recalls shooting

     

  • Council splits on using panel to choose chief

    HILLSVILLE — As town council seeks to fill the vacant Hillsville police chief position, members split Monday on whether getting hiring advice from a board of law enforcement leaders from other localities would make the process go more smoothly.
    Town officials continue to advertise for both a new town manager and a police chief, but Vice Mayor Ed Terry focused his comments on filling the vacancy in the police department.

  • Driver flips truck on I-77

     

  • Rec director agrees that Carroll needs new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s parks director has put a toe in the water by saying he believes the development of a public pool would enhance recreation in the county.
    A Facebook group dedicated to the idea has already made a splash by attracting 2,100 members, and Carroll County Supervisor Bob Martin seems ready to take the plunge after asking whether voters could weigh in with a referendum this fall.
    Carroll officials like Martin acknowledge that fall might be too soon to dive into such a project because there’s a lot of planning to be done.

  • Agencies raise awareness of synthetic drugs

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports
    When the synthetic drug industry seeped into the Southwest Virginia, it took root silently.
    Then it flourished, virtually unnoticed by police until recently.
    “When this hit and we started talking about it, it was like a tidal wave,” Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins said at a regional seminar last Thursday in Roanoke. “We’re only now realizing there may have been a significant impact on crime in this area because of this issue.”

  • Twin Counties an oasis amid drought

    BLACKSBURG — The Blue Ridge Mountains remain a garden spot despite the severe drought that’s threatening a return of dust bowl conditions across much of the nation.
    While much of the country’s bread basket struggled under withering heat and lack of moisture, the Twin Counties has stayed relatively green, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • Body could be tied to Hawks homicide case

    LAMBSBURG — A body found at the bottom of a Carroll County well could be connected to a murder case in Alleghany County, N.C.
    Three people are charged with the kidnapping and killing of Michael Thomas Hawks, but they have yet to go to trial and the victim’s body has been missing since 2010.
    After days of digging to reach the bottom of the 50-foot shaft in the Lambsburg community, police found human remains on Monday morning. They were led to the spot by a tip from a suspect, said Alleghany County Sheriff David “Squeak” Edwards.

  • Independence interviews seven town manager candidates

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has begun its search for a new town manager.
    Independence has been without a manager since Kenneth Vaught retired on June 30.
    He announced in May that he would retire, but said he had no future plans. Vaught, who lives in Alleghany County, N.C., became town manager on Dec. 8, 2003.

  • Carroll citizens push for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County have a pool and should the question be put on the election ballot in a referendum this fall?
    That’s what Supervisor Bob Martin asked other officials at Monday’s county board meeting.
    Interest in putting a public pool back in service in Carroll County arose shortly after Lisa Payne Delp dedicated a Facebook group to the topic July 7.