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  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Cassell seeks to retain Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
    Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.

  • Town plans to capitalize on tourism

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville sits at a unique intersection of geography and culture.
    The town is at the crossroads of Interstate 77 and four major highways, on the route of major musical destinations along the Crooked Road, just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to the popular New River Trail State Park, so officials hope a new tourism plan mapping out a way to bring in more visitors could help Hillsville’s economy turn a corner in the long run.

  • Two injured in Cana motorcycle crash

    CANA ― A single-vehicle wreck involving a 2006 Honda motorcycle Sunday on Fishlake Road in Carroll County resulted in serious injuries for the driver and passenger, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred at approximately 5:55 p.m. when the motorcycle driven by Chadwick Lee Haynes, 39, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling northbound on Fishlake Road, exceeding the posted speed limit, according to Trooper J.D. Delp.

  • Galax woman charged with grand larceny

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies have recovered two stolen rings and placed a charge of grand larceny from a Sept. 17 incident.
    Peggy Burcham Calfee of the Galax area reported the theft of three rings — two gold with diamonds and one sterling silver — from her home to Carroll Deputy Billy Johnson, according to police reports.
    The rings were valued at approximately $650, and have an even higher sentimental value to Calfee, as one was a gift from her late husband.

  • Landfill cell closure underway in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Workers scurry over 13.6 acres of mounded earth on this bright Tuesday at the Twin County landfill, bent on various tasks to seal off the waste and prevent 23 years of accumulated garbage from leaking and causing pollution hazards.
    In a maneuver not unlike covering the turf in a baseball stadium during a rain delay, five of 14 workers grab the end and sides of a roll of 22-foot-wide white plastic sheeting and pull briskly to cover a swath of this approximately 50-foot-high hill of garbage and dirt.

  • Two seek Pipers Gap seat on Carroll board

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE
    StaffHILLSVILLE — A choice between two candidates in the Pipers Gap District is the only contested race for the Carroll Board of Supervisors this fall.
    Republican incumbent Tom Littrell will face a challenge from independent Robert “Robbie” McCraw on Nov. 5 in the first election after Carroll County implemented staggered terms.
    The fall general election also features two incumbent supervisors who are running unopposed in their districts — Joshua Hendrick in Laurel Fork and Phil McCraw in Fancy Gap.

  • Fewer flea market vendors means less economic impact

    HILLSVILLE — The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market shed another 124 vendors in 2013 and has dropped by a third of its 2003 numbers.
    While parties on the ground reported good shopper attendance in 2013, fewer vendors means less impact on the local economy, because of a decrease in the funds that change hands between vendors to the land owners with spaces to rent to them.
    In the last decade, 2003 saw the most interest from vendors in setting up at the flea market, according to licensing figures from the Town of Hillsville. That year, 1,880 vendors came to town.

  • Weatherman running for school board in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Fred Weatherman of Independence is running for election for the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Weatherman, 66, is no stranger to the school board. He served two terms, 1996-2003, including three years as chairman.
    “Our school system is a business,” Weatherman said. “Our product is our kids.”

  • Woodlawn School auctions pieces of history

    The last official Carroll County school system function at the long-standing Woodlawn facility was the surplus auction on Saturday.