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  • More sent to prison for drug trafficking

    ABINGDON — Eight more people convicted as a result of the Operation Rolling Thunder investigation have been sentenced in federal court, after pleading guilty to being part of a methamphetamine distribution network.

    Operation Rolling Thunder was a joint local, state and federal investigation that sought to dismantle a major drug trafficking organization. Federal prosecutors said large quantities of meth were being transported from Greensboro, N.C., to be distributed in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County in Virginia and in Surry County, N.C.

  • Friends rally to help local man in need of transplant

    HILLSVILLE – Friends and family of Carroll County High School Principal Charles “Chuck” Thompson hope that a golf tournament, benefit dinner and donor accounts will help raise money for a double lung transplant.

    The community is rallying behind Thompson, who has served many years with the school system. Friends say he is known as a hard worker and for his honorable leadership of staff and students, as well as his dedication to friends and the community.

  • Abduction, burglary suspect arrested in Galax

    Copyright 2018, Smyth County News & Messenger

    Reprinted with permission

    A Sugar Grove man accused of abducting his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter on March 23 was taken into custody in Galax on Monday.

  • State honors Vietnam veterans with new holiday

    Staff Report

    RICHMOND – This weekend, for the first time in Virginia, veterans of the Vietnam War have their own observance.

    Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia will honor and celebrate the service of these veterans on March 29-30, coinciding with Vietnam War Veterans Day, a new national holiday created with the passage of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

  • Police say man threatened to blow up trailer

    CANA – A man with an extensive previous criminal record was arrested again by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on March 6, after allegedly threatening to blow up his trailer and the deputy there serving a warrant.

    Ralph Ernest Hall, 58, of Cana is being held without bond after being charged with assault of law enforcement officer, a Class 6 felony; and other charges.

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 50

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned indictments against 50 individuals when it met on March 19.

    An indictment is not a conviction, but means the jury found sufficient evidence to advance the case to trial.

    Many of the charges involved possession of methamphetamine.

    Those indicted include:

    • Bryce Edward Absher, 35, of Sparta, N.C.; shoplifting (third offense);

    • Charly Faustino Adame, 28, of Woodlawn; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Shentel to build local cell towers

    Staff Report

    The Sprint affiliate Shentel announced it has built new cellular sites in Galax, Hillsville and Independence to provide and enhance coverage in Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The new cell sites are equipped to provide 4G LTE, which means clearer signals, fewer dropped calls and faster download speeds to offer customers a better experience when calling, texting or streaming video, the company said.

  • Flaccavento qualifies for primary ballot

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Anthony Flaccavento’s campaign has submitted all of the necessary documents, including voter petitions, to appear on the ballot for the 9th District Democratic primary on June 12.

    The Abingdon candidate is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November.

  • Former county administrator charged

    HILLSVILLE — Investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in a drug charge against William E. “Billy” Mitchell Jr., the county’s former administrator.

    An indictment returned by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on March 19 formally charges Mitchell with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Police said the investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges, based on evidence acquired during the case.

  • Art school receives state honor

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has been recognized by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as one of the 50 outstanding arts entities in the commonwealth.

    Chris Pollins, CCSA executive director, spoke about the honor and offered an update on the school’s progress at the March 12 meeting of Galax City Council.