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  • 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.

  • Human remains found in well

    LAMBSBURG — After days of digging to reach the bottom of a 40-foot well in Carroll County, police confirmed on Monday that they found human remains inside.
    Law enforcement agencies converged on a spot in southern Carroll County last week to excavate a three-foot-wide, hand-dug well after a suspect in a North Carolina criminal case reported that a body was hidden there.

  • Galax to go after delinquent taxpayers

    The city will hire a legal service to assist in collecting delinquent personal property taxes, with all fees being passed on to the delinquent taxpayer, Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore told Galax City Council at its July 9 meeting.
    TACS Legal Services will assist in collecting $220,000 in delinquent personal property taxes that are owned to the city. Taylor-Gallimore said the city has sent letters to delinquent taxpayers and has collected more money once taxpayers have been told that the delinquent fees will be turned over to a collection agency.

  • Carroll names new finance director

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County announced Friday that Catherine Dalton has been named finance director for the county.
    Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted that six qualified individuals went through the rigorous interview process.

  • N.C. police searching for body in Carroll

    UPDATED 7/16: Police have just confirmed that human remains have been found in the well in Lambsburg where they have been digging since last Thursday. We are awaiting more information from Alleghany County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department.

    FROM 7/13:

    LAMBSBURG — Several law enforcement agencies from two states gathered last week off a dirt and rock road just inside southern Carroll County to excavate a hand-dug well in connection with a continuing Alleghany County, N.C., criminal investigation.

  • New Hillsville mayor to push for recycling improvements

    HILLSVILLE — After riding on a garbage truck for two days, Hillsville’s new mayor believes a more aggressive recycling program is needed.
    Both Mayor Greg Crowder and Council Member David Young rode on the back of a town trash truck Monday and Tuesday as part of a promise to get a feel for what all town workers do at their jobs.