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  • Carroll fair to feature pageant, carnival rides

    HILLSVILLE — Two staples of the revived Carroll County Agricultural Fair will return after a year's absence.

    Fair committee chairman Kevin Semones hopes there will be something for everyone at the fair, running this year from Sept. 18 -21, Thursday through Sunday.

    Here's a hint about one event that will return, thanks to the sponsorship of the Grayson National Bank:

    "Here she is, Miss Carroll County Fair," as sung to the tune used in the Miss America pageant.

    And, fair organizers have secured Cole Amusements to bring rides on the midway.

  • Three Carroll County schools miss the mark

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County schools missed four of their testing targets under No Child Left Behind, but educators pointed to some significant gains in math scores in this year’s results.

    The federal educational accountability effort sets up 29 standards for each school and the entire school division to meet as part of “adequate yearly progress.” Director of School Improvement Beverly Parker noted that each of the schools and the division met 313 out of 319 of those standards.

  • Woman dies in crash

    An 18-year-old Carroll County woman died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Pleasant View Road late Tuesday.

    Bethanie Coulson, 18, was a passenger in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner that ran off the road near Stones Ridge Road, overturned and struck a tree, according to a Virginia State Police accident report by Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Coulson was not wearing a seat belt.

    The report identified the driver as Amanda Gail Lester, 25, of Laurel Fork.

  • Weststar gives up on I-77 property

    HILLSVILLE — A partner in the Mayberry Opry project told The Gazette on Monday that Weststar Investments has "no use" any longer for 91 acres of Carroll County land.

    Even though partners Mended Wings Productions and Weststar Investments met with Carroll officials earlier this month to hammer out a timeline on the potential sale of county land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, Marshall Lineberry, speaking for his company and RGM Erectors, pointed out there was no guarantee that, at the end that process, the developers would be the ones who ended up with the land.

  • Fourth robbery suspect captured

    Minutes after the fourth suspect involved in Tuesday's robbery and chase through Carroll County was spotted at a gas station at Fancy Gap, a Carroll deputy and Hillsville police closed in and arrested him.

    wiliam Music, said to be the driver of the suspect vehicle, was taken into custody at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning after spending the night trying to elude authorities.

    He faces several charges in the incident.

    See Friday's edition of The Gazette for more details.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department recently announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Convention, held Aug. 15-16.

    The best all-around performer, and winner of the Henry Whitter Award, was Billy W. Bourne of Fries.

    Winners include, first through fifth:

  • Art school on hold, but classes proceed

    Although Galax has not received authorization from USDA Rural Development to advertise for construction of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, the school is rapidly growing. It now has a schedule of some available classes and the staff has been working on marketing and fundraising strategies.

    Galax City Council received a progress report from Chris Shackelford, director of the art school, at its Aug. 11 meeting.

  • School project may bring water access

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in western Grayson County may soon have the option to hook up to a public water system — despite added cost to the county to install it.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring approached the board of supervisors with information about how the county can provide water to the new Grayson Highlands School being built off Virginia 16.

    After talking with engineers, Ring said, the difference in cost of a private well or extending the lines may look large at first but actually is “almost a complete wash.”

  • Isom waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 56-year-old Galax man charged with killing his brother waived his preliminary hearing in Carroll Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday.

    Eugene Isom had been charged by Carroll deputies with second-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old brother, Robert, last November.

    Deputies were originally called out to 1196 Tower Road around 6:30 a.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, At that time, authorities believed that Robert Lee Isom, 75, was beaten to death.

  • Depot, other projects, advance in Fries

    FRIES — A project to rebuild the town's old railroad depot is picking up steam, an engineer told Fries Town Council members on Aug. 5.

    Jeff Cochran of Lane Engineering updated town council on some of the projects the company is working on for Fries.

    Cochran said a meeting will be held with the lead architect on the project and a committee comprised of town officials and citizens to make sure both sides agree to what they want at the site before the paperwork is sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation for approval.