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  • Community helps pay church's $12,200 water bill

    HILLSVILLE — Community members have been moved to help relieve the pressure on a  Hillsville church drowning in debt, according to the pastor there.
    An outside water spigot was left on for an extended period at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. No one realized it because the water went straight into the town’s sewer system.
    As a result, the church ended up with a $12,200 utilities bill with the town, after a $2,100 discount from Hillsville Town Council.

  • South finds job in North Carolina

    HILLSVILLE — Long-time Hillsville town manager Larry South has taken a job in a place he knows well from his youth.
    North Wilkesboro, N.C., hired South to fill a town manager vacancy there last week, after his almost 19 years of service in Hillsville. He resigned from the post in June.
    A native of Ashe County, N.C., South notes that he watched many a race and bowled in North Wilkesboro while growing up.

  • Board hears from citizens about shooting range

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors met in front of a larger than usual crowd on the evening of Nov. 8 to discuss the idea of creating a shooting range for the public.
    During the board’s October meeting, Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith said the National Rifle Association had offered Grayson a $25,000 grant to construct a firing range in the county. If the county decides to accept the NRA’s offer, it will have to match the $25,000 to meet the approximate total cost of $50,000.

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  • Body found in Fries could be that of missing man

    HILLSVILLE  — The Facebook page dedicated to the search for Sam Sheehi of Fries became a memorial over the weekend, after searchers found what they believe to be the missing man’s body on Saturday near his home.
    Family members organized the search around the home of the 32-year-old Sheehi, who had been missing since Oct. 10.

  • Veterans' memorial takes shape in Galax

    After years of planning, a veterans monument's first pieces are finally in place.

  • Independence revitalization plan revealed

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence was recently selected as one of only seven towns in the region to receive a sustainable communities grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which will allow for improvements to be made to the town’s overall appearance in an attempt to attract more tourists and entrepreneurs.

  • Hillsville chooses new chief

    HILLSVILLE — The new police chief, hired on a split vote late Tuesday, has patrolled the streets of Hillsville before.
    At the end of a special meeting on personnel, Hillsville Town Council members chose Greg Bolen as the person to fill the vacancy left by former chief Steve Williams' resignation.
    Bolen is a former Hillsville Police Department officer who now teaches criminal justice at Carroll County High School.

  • Former Carroll sheriff Dick Carrico dies

    WOODLAWN — Former Carroll Sheriff Richard “Dick” Carrico, 71, died at his home in Woodlawn on Tuesday.
    Carrico served as a trooper with the Virginia State Police and as the Carroll sheriff for two terms for a total of 28 years in law enforcement, according to those who worked with him at the sheriff’s office.
    Carrico left his coworkers with lots of memories of their time together.

  • Missing man's family organizes search

    FRIES — Family members of Samuel Joseph Sheehi are continuing to ask for community assistance in finding the missing Fries man.
    The family is working with Twin County law enforcement to find Sheehi, who has been missing for four weeks.
    Family members say 32-year-old Sheehi was last seen Oct. 10.