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  • More sign up to run in Carroll races

    HILLSVILLE — Several challenges have already been predicted in the race to fill 11 positions in Carroll County government this year.

    May 18 marks the closing of the books for both the Republican and Democratic primary elections, which are scheduled for June 9. While potential candidates aren’t running at break-neck speed to file the paperwork, General Registrar Kim Cloud says more applications are being accepted every day.

  • Church, school helping family cope after fatal fire

    In the wake of the Delp family tragedy last week, the community has continued to work through processing its grief and helping the family members through a difficult time.

    Trenton and Amanda Delp lost three of their four children, their home and all they owned in a house fire on March 5. Firefighters and police officers tried desperately to reach the three children trapped inside the Glendale Road home.

  • Fire destroys 'Old Timey Days' farm equipment

    HILLSVILLE — Fire continued to plague the Twin Counties last week, when a structure fire destroyed an outbuilding in Hillsville containing most of the restored antique farming equipment that were used during the Shockley’s Old Timey Days event.

    While the building and all of its’ contents were described as a total loss, Mark Shockley is counting his blessings that only items were lost in the fire.

  • Controversial nomination withdrawn

    HILLSVILLE — Pine Creek District Supervisor Bob Martin on Monday withdrew his motion made last month to appoint Billy Mitchell, a former county administrator convicted of embezzlement, to the Carroll County Planning Commission.

    Mitchell served time in federal prison after he was convicted in 1998 of embezzling more than $400,000 from the county and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). The federal indictment against Mitchell included seven counts of embezzlement, and 25 counts of money laundering.

  • Goad to run for court clerk in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Gerald Goad has filed to run for the position of Carroll County’s next Circuit Court Clerk in this year’s general election.

    Goad is running as a Democrat, and one party leader said this the first time a Democrat has run for court clerk in Carroll in nearly 30 years. Carolyn Honeycutt, a Republican, held the office for more than 23 years before stepping down in February.

    Republican contenders B.P. “Phil” Hawks and Ronald L. Newman are seeking their party’s nomination.

  • Fundraiser to benefit Allen house restoration

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of the Allen House will host a fundraiser this Saturday, with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the Sidna Allen House in Fancy Gap.

    A Poor Man’s Dinner and Old-Time Gospel Music will be featured from 6-9 p.m. at the new gym/activities building of Skyview Baptist Church.

    The Allen House and neighboring Skyview Baptist are located on U.S. 52, south of Hillsville and about two miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Community efforts have raised $15,000 for Delp family

    News of the tragic fire that claimed the lives of three children spurred the community into action through various fundraisers last week.

    As of Monday, Trenton and Amanda Delp had received thousands of dollars in donations, in addition to clothes, furniture and other essentials from the community.

  • Traffic stop turns into high-speed chase in Cana

    CANA — Virginia State Police arrested a Cana man on numerous charges last Wednesday morning, when a simple traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase through Cana.

    Dylan Lewis Jones, 25, was charged with reckless driving, felony eluding law enforcement, operating a vehicle without a license or tags on a trailer, speeding and several equipment violations.

  • Tales of bravery emerge from flames

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The community continues to grieve after the loss of three young children in a March 5 house fire on Glendale Road, just east of Galax.

    The tragedy has left the Delp family grieving and homeless and has taken an emotional toll on the police, firefighters and paramedics who responded and tried to save the children. It has also motivated friends and neighbors to launch multiple fundraisers to help the family.

  • Community gathers resources for Delp family

    Citizens of Galax and Carroll County were shocked by the news of three children who died after an accidental house fire on Glendale Road last Thursday. However, shock turned to action as the community rallied together, giving everything they could to help.