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  • Is texting to blame for bad test scores?

    English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome.
    Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, tweet or post to Facebook rather than engage in conversation.

  • Couples wed after marriage law change

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia and four other states, opening the way for the long-prohibited unions in the Old Dominion.

    The news led to a flurry of activity for local circuit court clerks, and the first same-sex marriage in the Twin Counties took place in Hillsville on Tuesday.

  • Friends of Hillsville tackle projects

    HILLSVILLE — Friends of Hillsville, a new non-profit organization, is seeking to bring together individuals, businesses and community organizations for the betterment of the town.

    In recent weeks, the group has reached out to the public for their ideas, and they have already received a flood of responses, according to Laura Beth Parnell and Retta Jackson during a group interview.

  • Carroll rec department names interim director

    HILLSVILLE — Libby Lineberry has been named the new acting director of the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department, effective Oct. 1.

    Lineberry has served the citizens of Carroll County for 26 years in various positions. She began her career with Carroll County while working in the administrator’s office. She has also worked as assistant recreation director during her career with Carroll County. Until this recent promotion, she worked in the finance office.

  • Galax teen dies from injuries after being struck by car

    FRIES - Galax teen Trinity Williams died Wednesday night from injuries sustained when she was hit by a vehicle in Fries on Sept. 27.
    Family members confirmed that Williams, 14, died at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital, where she was flown for treatment after the accident.
    "[Wednesday] at 10:10 p.m., Trinity passed away. She fought as hard as she could, but couldn't any longer," the family shared in an update to its online fundraiser page.

  • 28 vehicles involved in fog crashes

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a series of chain reaction motor vehicle crashes in the foggy northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 77 at Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County on Friday.

    According to a news release, state troopers investigated 10 separate crashes involving 28 vehicles on Oct. 3. Police were called to the scene of the first crash shortly after 4 p.m.

  • Town upgrades team's helmets

    FRIES - Football players at Fries School started the year off right with brand new football equipment, after a request to upgrade the team’s helmets was made at a Fries Town Council meeting in August.

    A concerned parent approached council on Aug. 5, with concerns about the state of the football team’s helmets. “Some of these kids have been wearing these helmets since kindergarten,” she said, noting that the protective padding in many of them had hardened and become brittle.

  • Fries man shot, suspect arrested

    A Woodlawn man was arrested on malicious wounding charges on Saturday, after an altercation near Sunnyside Store resulted in gunfire.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, officers received a call reporting “shots fired” at approximately 6:13 p.m. on Oct. 4, at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Stable Inn Road, just south of the Town of Hillsville on U.S. 52.

  • Shooting victim airlifted from Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating a confirmed shooting in Hillsville.
    Emergency officials were called to Sunnyside Store on Fancy Gap Highway at approximately 6:16 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, an unidentified person was found with gunshot wounds.
    A landing zone was set up at Carroll County High School to transport the patient for treatment. The extent of the injuries has not yet been confirmed.  
    State police have confirmed that an arrest has been made.

  • Officer injured in domestic assault arrest

    A Galax man is charged with assaulting a police officer after an altercation Thursday in which Galax Officer Tyler Houk suffered a broken bone in his leg.

    Charged is Clifford Jackson Parsons, 36, whom police said allegedly resisted while being taken into custody as he was being placed into a police vehicle.

    Police said Houk was injured in the altercation and transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Galax-Grayson EMS, where it was discovered he had suffered a broken leg.