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  • Carroll deputies bust pot operation

    HILLSVILLE — A tip about a marijuana growing operation in Laurel Fork led to a Sept. 11 arrest, according to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
    Information about a potential pot growing effort led to deputies getting a search warrant for 573 Shady Lane in Laurel Fork, according to information from the sheriff’s office and court records.
    Deputies found about 20 plants.
    As a result of the investigation, deputies charged Tommy Joe Strother with felony manufacture of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

  • Prison to hold ribbon cutting, open house

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Bob McDonnell will participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies slated for Sept. 25 at the River North Correctional Facility in Independence at 3 p.m.
    Officers from the Virginia Department of Corrections and other elected state and local officials are expected to participate.
    Prison Warden Ben Wright said participation in the ribbon cutting is by invitation only, but an open house for the public will be held Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    Tours of the $100 million-plus prison facility will be conducted during the open house.

  • Drug investigation ongoing after Monday raid

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and BRIAN FUNK, Staff

    Police tactical teams wearing body armor and brandishing automatic rifles were on the scene as investigators searched a business, vehicles and at least one residence in Galax.
    The tactical units from Galax and Carroll County were serving drug-related warrants on behalf of the Twin County Drug Taskforce as part of an ongoing investigation, police on the scene reported.

  • Citizen says conflict issue unresolved

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll citizen has expressed dissatisfaction with a court official’s opinion of the county administrator’s alleged conflict of interest, saying that the review raised as many questions as answers.
    When Mike Goldwasser spoke at the Sept. 9 Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting, he acknowledged that he’s raised this issue several times over the years about Carroll Administrator Gary Larrowe’s former ownership of a rental property.

  • Grayson candidate forum set for October

    INDEPENDENCE — The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that a public forum for this year’s Grayson County electoral candidates will be held on Oct. 17 at the 1908 Historic Courthouse in Independence.
    This event will allow the public a face-to-face interaction with each the candidates, where they can get a better understanding of the individual values and goals behind the names on this November’s ballot.

  • Galax holds 9/11 memorial service

    Friends, families, first responders and city officials gathered in front of the Galax Police Department on Wednesday morning to honor and remember lost lives at the city’s second annual 9/11 Memorial event.
    The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, resulted in almost 3,000 fatalities, and many first responders died in their efforts to save the lives of civilians they had never met.

  • Taylor's service to town remembered

    HILLSVILLE — Ivan Taylor, the former Hillsville mayor who died Saturday at the age of 81, believed that community participation served as a necessary part of good morale and progress for the town, colleagues say.

  • Mayor hears support, opposition from citizens

    HILLSVILLE — Two citizens took the opportunity at Monday’s town council meeting to speak about the Hillsville mayor’s misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.
    The citizens who spoke were evenly split in their opinions — one said it is too early to judge Mayor Greg Crowder after he was charged in Bristol by a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agent in August, while the other said Crowder should step down for the good of Hillsville.

  • Fender investigated 9/11 Pentagon attack

    Almost everyone remembers what they were doing when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
    What Southwest Virginia native Doug Fender remembers about that day is how he spent the following weeks immersed in an investigation of the crime scenes, uncovering evidence that tied these tragedies to the terrorists who were responsible.
    Fender is a former special agent and senior special agent bomb technician with the FBI.

  • Chaplain serves on front lines in times of crisis

    HILLSVILLE ― The new Carroll County Sheriff's Office volunteer chaplain dedicates his ministry to keeping deputies healthy, so they can continue to serve the community.
    Police and emergency workers do an honorable job of serving others and putting themselves in tense situations on every shift, and Vernon Landreth wants to make sure that they have an outlet of their own, when or if they need it.