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  • Motive still a mystery in VT officer's death


  • VT students raise money for Crouse's family

    BLACKSBURG — In the wake of a tragedy, two Virginia Tech students are working to help a family and redefine a community.
    Bethany Darnley, 22, and Drew Jenkinson, 21, both seniors at Virginia Tech, have created a campaign called Hokies for Crouse to raise money for Deriek Crouse’s family.
    “It just broke my heart knowing that these kids wouldn’t have their father around for the holidays,” said Darnley, a human development major from Pittsburgh.

  • Pedestrian injured in Friday morning accident

    LAUREL FORK — An 82-year-old Hillsville woman was injured after being struck by a vehicle on the side of Crooked Oak Road Friday.
    The accident occurred at about 5 a.m. when Elizabeth Orange was walking about a third of a mile from the road's intersection with U.S. 58, according investigating Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Cochran.
    It was dark and the pedestrian was wearing black or dark clothes at the time, according to the report. She was struck when a Chrysler PT Crusier came around the curve.

  • Two die in Cana fire


    UPDATED DEC. 12, 12:25 P.M.


    CANA — Emergency workers recovered two bodies from a Saturday morning house fire on Wards Gap Road.

  • VT TRAGEDY HITS HOME: Slain officer was Carroll native

    UPDATED — 6:29 P.M., DEC. 9

  • Fancy Gap utility work under way

    HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap residents should start seeing evidence of the future water and sewer utility projects soon, according to information shared by the Carroll Public Service Authority on Nov. 21.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe suspected even as the authority held its regular meeting that some of the light work on the water project had already begun.
    (The Virginia Department of Transportation had asked county officials not to start on the heavy work until after the heavy Thanksgiving holiday traffic cleared out.)

  • Outage continues for hundreds

      CANA — Electric outages continue for about 1,300 Appalachian Power customers in Carroll County Thursday morning with service expected to be restored by evening.

  • Work for U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork on the way

    RICHMOND — State officials have found funding to advance widening of U.S. 58, including a five-mile segment in Laurel Fork, according to a news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    The governor said the Virginia Department of Transportation drove the project forward through its public-private contract with construction company Branch Highways. It follows on the bumper of completion of U.s. 58 improvements at Hillsville.

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  • Residential values fall, commercial property rises

    The a recent tax reassessment of 3,900 Galax homes and commercial properties indicated that the value of homes fell by 2 percent while the value of commercial property rose by 2 percent, said David Hankley, commissioner of revenue for the city.
    “So, it essentially remained unchanged from the last reassessment in 2008,” said Hankley. “Everything remained flat.”
    Over the past three years, Galax has seen about a 30 percent reduction in the number of homes sold, he noted.