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  • Padgett remembered for decades of service

    Most residents of Carroll County couldn’t get away without knowing Guy Padgett.

    In fact, the former county treasurer was known as an avid people person, who never met a stranger.

    “Whenever he would see a stranger, he would walk right up to them and ask, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And if they didn’t know, he would tell them,” said Darrell Jennings, former Commissioner of Revenue for the county. “He was a true politician, and he loved people. Guy was one of a kind, that’s for sure.”

  • Five charged in Woodlawn break-in, vandalism

    WOODLAWN — Two adults and three juveniles have been arrested on numerous charges in connection with a break-in to the former Woodlawn School building in November 2014.

  • Police arrest four in Galax incidents

    Four people were arrested in three separate incidents in the city recently, according to reports from the Galax Police Department.

    Two Carroll County residents were arrested on Dec. 17 after Galax police responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Dollar General on South Main Street.

    Officers Chris Hines and Darrell Alley responded to the call and arrested Jason Lee Blankenship, 33, of Woodlawn and Donita K. Osegueda, 45, of Hillsville. Officers charged them with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

  • 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.