Local News

  • Developer wants town to take in streets

    HILLSVILLE — A developer hopes that road blocks to turning two private streets over to Hillsville have come down since her last request in 2004.
    Martha Crowder asked that the town take over maintenance of Smythers and Crowder streets, and the request had the backing of one citizen and Mayor Bill Tate.
    Saying she represented taxpayers, landowners and residents of the two tar-and-gravel streets built in 2002, Crowder asked the town council members to take these two streets into their system.

  • Elderly tax relief increased

    INDEPENDENCE — More Grayson County residents will now be eligible for a tax relief program after supervisors approved changes to the county’s Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Program earlier this month.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought a recommendation to the board of supervisors last month to increase various aspects of the program — which provides relief for elderly residents on fixed incomes who struggle to pay their taxes.

  • Carroll farmers looking to future

    HILLSVILLE — Cana farmers have asked the Carroll supervisors to approve the creation of an agricultural and forestal district along with the comprehensive plan.
    Bennie Quesenberry, president of the Carroll County Farm Bureau, made the request to the supervisors Dec. 14, at the same meeting where county officials approved the updated comprehensive plan.

    This request follows an informational session from November, organized by Cana farmers with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

  • Toys for Tots box stolen

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been charged in connection with the alleged theft of the Toys For Tots donation box from Dollar General on Nov. 17.
    Independence Police Cpl. Matthew Adams said he received a tip that the suspect police were looking for in the case was in town last Wednesday night.
    Adams, along with Grayson County deputies and Sgt. Gary Hash, were searching the area when the suspect was located in a yard at 403 West Main Street.
    Christopher Michael Cardona, 27, of Elkin, N.C., was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

  • Courthouse Tragedy's 100th anniversary observance begins

    HILLSVILLE — It's been 100 years now since the first acts that led to the 1912 courthouse shootout between county officials and members of the Allen family, an incident that left an indelible stamp on Carroll County.

    Centennial observances already have begun for the anniversary of the March 14, 1912, tragedy that left five dead and led to the execution of two of the Allens involved.

  • Fluoride debate continues

    Due to new developments, the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority directed its engineer to look at ways to provide fluoridated water to Independence and Grayson County and unfluoridated to Sparta and Alleghany County in North Carolina.
    Authority chairman Bryan Edwards, who is also Sparta’s town manager, said Sparta Town Council had voted not to purchase fluoridated water from the authority.
    The Alleghany County Board of Commissioners also voted last month not to buy fluoridated water.

  • Grayson to state: Prison needs to open


  • Man charged in Hillsville CVS armed robbery

    HILLSVILLE — Nearly a year of detective work has led authorities to charge a Maryland man as the armed gunman in the Jan. 2 robbery of the Hillsville CVS pharmacy.
    William Melton Muma, Jr., 25, of Cockeysville, Md., was indicted Monday by a Carroll County grand jury on charges of armed robbery and use of a firearm in committing a felony.
    He is being held in Maryland after being convicted there of another robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer.

  • Honoring a postal worker's courage

    A Galax postal employee who endured a hostage situation at the Wytheville Post Office while acting supervisor last December has been honored by the U.S. Postal Service for her courage under duress.
    Marjorie Austin Crockett was honored Nov. 30 at a special ceremony by postal officials as a result of her actions during a nine-hour hostage standoff last Dec. 23 that made national news.

  • Investigation rules out foul play in baby's death

    Autopsy results have been received by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for a month-old infant who died July 16.
    Chief Deputy Mike Hash said the cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as “crib death.”
    The autopsy was performed at the state Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke.