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  • Woodlawn wreck leaves one injured

    An automobile accident left one person injured but no fatalities at 10:20 a.m. Saturday morning in Woodlawn, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    The incident occurred as Wendy Catron, 40, a Woodlawn resident, was pulling out of her driveway headed towards Galax on Hebron Road in a white 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. Lester Babcox, 78, of Galax, driving a a green 2000 Jeep Cherokee and traveling into Woodlawn struck her vehicle with his own, though both drivers attempted to swerve, according to Alderman.

  • Teens injured when pickup crashes, flips

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    A single-vehicle Grayson County crash on Dec. 27 left the teen driver in critical condition after his pickup truck ran off the road and tumbled 20 feet down an embankment.

    The driver, Travis Wayne Joines, 16, of Sparta, N.C., was transported by helicopter to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. following the 10 a.m. wreck, Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan reported.

  • Padgett was Carroll treasurer for 28 years

    Guy Padgett of Hillsville, who served Carroll County as treasurer for 28 years, died on Dec. 30 at Golden Living Blue Ridge.

    Padgett served in the U.S. Army and is remembered as an avid racing fan.

    A funeral will be held Jan. 3 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gardner Memorial Cemetery.

    The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Jan. 3 from 9:30-11 a.m.

  • Vaughan Furniture closing after 91 years in Galax

    Vaughan Furniture Co., current wholesaler and also former manufacturer of bedroom furniture, announced today that it will cease furniture operations and begin to close.

    The closing was announced in an internal document and was first covered by the trade website (and magazine) "Furniture Today."

  • County adds 'In God We Trust' to meeting chamber

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors was recognized this week for voting “yes” to legally displaying “In God We Trust” in the county meeting chambers.

    In God We Trust-America Inc., a non-profit 501c3 educational corporation, announced last week that Carroll joined more than 400 cities and counties across America in displaying the message. The organization’s ultimate goal is to see the familiar motto displayed in every city and county chamber and state capitol in America.

  • Virginia could have your unclaimed money

    The state of Virginia has $1.7 billion that belongs to you. Well, some of you, anyway.

    The General Assembly could use part of your money to help offset a budget shortfall in 2015, but you’d be able to get it back whenever you realized it had been missing.

    “That is a giant pile of money,” said Benjamin Jarvela, spokesman for the Virginia Department of the Treasury, which is custodian of financial property that winds up with the state when no one claims it.

  • Police report quiet holiday week, few wrecks

    No news is good news this week, as law enforcement agencies report little to no accidents or criminal activities during and after the holidays.

    A reader submitted photos of a traffic accident on Lambsburg Mountain off of Pipers Gap Road over the weekend, involving one car over the side of the mountain. According to First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police, Trooper Delp responded on Sunday evening, but hadn’t turned in the police report yet. “It was nothing significant. Nobody was injured,” Musser assured.

  • State puts focus on human trafficking

    RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness in Virginia of human trafficking and resources available to victims.

    Billboards and signs are going up on major highways across the state, along with signage at every Virginia rest area, encouraging victims or those with information about possible human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline.

  • Carroll honored for growing jobs, pumpkins

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County recently received special recognition by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for encouraging entrepreneurship and job growth.

    Carroll was one of 13 counties selected nationwide for recognition in NACo’s special publication, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.”

    The two-page presentation applauded Carroll’s business retention strategies, the Crossroads Small Business Development Center and its pumpkin agricultural cluster.

  • Pumpkin Festival a growing attraction in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE ― The 2014 Pumpkin Festival event in Carroll County drew a crowd so large, event coordinators have requested an expanded venue and more attractions for next year’s event.

    Assistant Director of Tourism and Visitor Center Manager Amanda Bourne recently presented the head count and other data to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    “The crowd doubled in size in a year, which is excellent. We are very happy about that,” Bourne told the board.