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  • Hall contests Hendrick for school board seat

    Virgil Hall is running against incumbent Sandy Hendrick for the Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County School Board. In his own words, he described why he feels he’s a good fit for the position.
    “I’ve lived in Carroll County all my life,” said Hall, who along with his son and grandson, is a graduate of Carroll County High School. After 30 years with VDOT, said Hall, he now owns and operates a small business, Hall’s Excavating and Hauling.

  • Burglary suspect among those indicted

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty-five suspects accused of 39 drug violations and other charges were indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.

    Among those charged was Scott Eugene Hampton of Galax, who was indicted for statutory burglary, felonious damage to property, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent felony, grand larceny of a firearm and larceny with the intent to sell stolen property.

  • Riding out the storm

    FRIES — Miranda Funk was determined to get home.

    She’d heard the warnings about a tornado, but those things don’t happen here, she told herself.

    She pointed her silver Pontiac van homeward to Opossum Hollow Lane in Fries on Oct. 23 as winds lashed the trees and sent sheets of rain horizontally across her path.

    Almost to her driveway, Funk encountered a most unlikely tornado.

  • Four seek Fancy Gap seat on school board

    Four candidates — one incumbent and three challengers — will be on the ballot for the Fancy Gap District seat on the Carroll County School Board on Nov. 7. Joey Haynes is seeking another term on the board. Challengers include Phillip Berrier, Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens.

    Joey Haynes

  • In-person absentee voting available Nov. 4

    All election offices in Virginia will be open for in-person absentee voting on Nov. 4 for the Nov. 7 election.

    Saturday absentee voting provides Virginia voters who are qualified to vote absentee with an additional opportunity to cast their ballot in person.

    In-person absentee voting also is available during local registrars’ normal business hours.

  • Victim’s mother reads statement to Nofsinger

    Note: Stacy Kenny Ludy, mother of Alyssa Kenny, wrote this impact statement to read in court at Richard Nofsinger Jr.’s plea hearing on Wednesday. Ludy shared her statement with The Gazette. Warning: the following contains graphic descriptions that some readers might find disturbing.

    I have waited a long time to talk to you, Richard.

    I’m sure you don’t want to listen to me, but that’s okay. You will hear what I have to say, and I don’t even need you to respond. Just listen. And think about it.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty to murders

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

  • Littrell runs for another term as Pipers Gap supervisor

    Tom Littrell, incumbent 10-year Carroll County Board of Supervisors member, and former chair and vice-chair of the board, is running to keep his position.

    Littrell, a Republican, is being challenged by independent candidate Phillip Boatman in the Nov. 7 election.

    Littrell recently discussed his qualifications, experience, accomplishments and future aims.

    “I am for progress,” stated Littrell. “If elected, I will undertake my board responsibilities with integrity, honesty, fairness and common sense.”

  • Learning & Playing Together

    INDEPENDENCE — School and county officials gathered at Fairview Elementary School this month, to celebrate the expansion of their playground and the inclusion of recreational equipment designed for students with special needs.

    The new play area will give students with and without special needs more of an opportunity to enjoy the playground together. The expansion, unveiled on Oct. 11, included a special swing that can accommodate a wheel chair; and sensory play panels.

  • Nofsinger pleads guilty in Carroll court

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

    A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.