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  • Out of the box

    HILLSVILLE — Without the social aspect of tutoring at Out of the Box, eighth and ninth graders from Carroll County Intermediate School might not spend an extra 90 minutes being so studious on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The school system recently teamed up with community partner First United Methodist Church of Hillsville, using the church's youth ministry space set up in the Main Street storefront that formerly housed the Ben Franklin five and dime store.

  • Murder appeal fails

    The Virginia Court of Appeals saw no cause to set aside the convictions of murder against a 23-year-old Carroll man in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court after a two-day trial found Clinton Eric Burke guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

    The jury also found Burke guilty of five related charges, including three counts of use of a firearm, the malicious wounding of Amanda Bond and burglary from the home.

  • Bassett speaks out at AEP hearing

    ROCKY MOUNT — Speaker after speaker passionately, pleadingly or sometimes testily implored the Virginia State Corporation Commission last Thursday to take action that current state law is unlikely to allow — that they fully reject or drastically reduce another rate increase proposed this year by Appalachian Power Co. that would further increase customers' electric bills.

  • AmerLink could be liquidated

    RICHMOND — There's been no objection about turning log home manufacturer AmerLink's financial reorganization into a full-fledged liquidation, says an attorney for Carroll County.

    The official order to change AmerLink's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy request into a Chapter 7 — where the company would be broken up and sold to pay debts — has not come through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilson, N.C., but Carroll attorney William Gray expects it at any time.

  • Carroll's dog law could have teeth

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed ordinance to regulate roaming pets isn't a leash law — it's a no trespassing law involving dogs.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell spoke to the Carroll supervisors at their Nov. 16 meeting about the proposal meant to rein in dogs that go off their owner's property and become nuisances to others.

    This came after a Woodlawn resident twice complained of a neighbor's dog that would chase her and her child on their property.

  • Citizens back IVFD substation

    BRIDLE CREEK — Twenty-two citizens attended a third meeting to develop the next steps for the use of Bridle Creek Elementary once it closes next month.

    The meeting, held Nov. 12, continued the discussion of Independence Volunteer Fire Department's pursuit of the building for use as a sub-station.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    Laurel Elementary students got a bit of a lesson in community development Monday when they listened to 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher and Carroll County officials talk about the public improvements coming through the regional water project.

  • Oldtown Pottery

    Oldtown Pottery, a division of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, is participating in Galax Downtown Association's Open House Weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with the grand opening of Galax's newest arts and cultural business — a true pottery studio.

  • Y's Men to hold annual radiothon

    The Galax Y’s Men Club will hold its annual live radiothon benefit at Magic Mart this Sunday, with proceeds going toward the $25,000 goal of the Y’s Men Community Christmas Chest to provide food for 450 families.

    Radiothon hours are 2 to 4 p.m.

    Auction items to be sold to benefit the fund include a blue Dodge van, a recliner donated by Guynn’s Old Mill Furniture, a Ford Ranger donated by Twin County Ford Mercury, and an upright freezer donated by Discount Builders & Supply.

  • Grayson Christmas trees head to Ft. Hood

    The Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Growers Association will play a small part in a healing process for victims and families of a tragic attack at Ford Hood army base in Texas.

    Grayson County-grown Fraser firs, donated by local farmers, will be transported to the U.S. Army base and distributed to military families as part of the national Trees for Troops program.

    An Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is accused of shooting and killing 13 people and wounding 31 others at Ford Hood on Nov. 5.