.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Local business collecting items for hurricane relief

    FRIES — Hines Tire and Auto Repair has partnered with Lineberry’s Garage and Towing and God’s Pit Crew, to collect items for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

    A collection site is now open for donations at Hines Tire, located at 2519 Scenic Road in Fries. The dropoff site will be available through Sept. 8.

  • Town could help church with sewer problems

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence is considering an expansion of the its sewer system to allow service for Independence First Baptist Church, the church parsonage and an additional residence owned by the church on Hillcrest Avenue.

    The congregation of First Baptist joined their pastor, Mike Montgomery as he addressed Independence Town Council about this issue at the Aug. 8 meeting. The pastor said their concerns stem from a sewer failure at the parsonage in February; and noted that all of the church structures had been built prior to 1970.

  • Commissioner to appear in court for felony charges

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s commissioner of the revenue is scheduled to appear in court in October to answer three felony charges of computer invasion of privacy.

    Commissioner Frances Zimmerman, 56, of Hillsville, was charged by the Virginia State Police in August. She turned herself in to the state police and is free on bond.

  • Hillsville flea market turns 50

    HILLSVILLE — The Labor Day Flea Market & Gun Show celebrates its 50th anniversary of bringing the vintage, the new, the tasteful and the flamboyant to tourists and locals alike this year.

    “This is the biggest one we’ve had on the last few years,” said Grover King VFW Post #115 Quartermaster Gary Adams. “We’ve rented 1,500 spaces in the compound, just inside the gates,” and that’s just within the original event’s space at the VFW; the market as a whole stretches much, much further around town.

  • Multi-county chase topped 100 mph

    Staff Report

    A Hillsville man led several law enforcement agencies on a multi-county chase that resulted in his arrest on Aug. 13, according to Carroll County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jarrett Combs.

    Combs said that at 4:25 a.m. on that day, he was pulling off of Farmers Market Road onto U.S. 58 eastbound when he observed Ronald Justin Moser, 33, of Hillsville, on a motorcycle, traveling east in 58’s westbound lane.

  • Confederate monuments will remain standing

    In the wake of the Charlottesville clash between white supremacists and anti-fascists in August, the removal, forcible or civic, of Confederate statues from many cities around the South has continued to make the news.

    There are two Confederate monuments honoring Civil War veterans in the Twin Counties, in Hillsville and Independence. Both feature generic soldiers of the era, not specific generals or historical figures.

  • New initiative will offer used items for free

    INDEPENDENCE ― Grayson LandCare has signed a one-year lease for the former Briarpatch Metalworks building on N. Independence Avenue, where the organization will soon offer a new community resource: the Free Market.

    Kathy Cole, Grayson LandCare president, announced the new project during the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ August meeting.

  • Machete attack charge reduced to misdemeanor

    Staff Report

    Santos Hernandez, 22, charged with felony aggravated assault in a July incident involving a machete, appeared in Galax General District Court on the morning of Aug. 21.

    Hernandez was there to answer to charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and swearing, two counts of misdemeanor obtaining documents to make false statements (false ID) and misdemeanor attempted malicious wounding. The attempted malicious wounding was a felony, but was later reduced to the misdemeanor charge.

  • Old Crow Medicine Show a musical remedy for the soul

    By the time Old Crow Medicine Show takes the stage of the Blue Ridge Music Center on this Sunday evening, the crowd has already been treated to a couple hours of tunes, from the soulful acoustic blues of Amythyst Kiah to the country-folk-pop fusion of Mipso.

    But when the Crows finally perch behind their instruments and lead vocalist Ketch Secor launches into “Tell It To Me,” the crowd of more than 2,700 on the amphitheater’s hillside is electrified.

    These guys are rock stars, no matter what kind of music they play.

  • VDOT warns of heavy flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

    The town’s popular annual event will be held Sept. 1-4. People not attending the show are encouraged to avoid the area altogether.