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  • Distracted while driving? Hands off, says legislator

    Convinced that phones behind the wheel endanger everyone on the road, the legislator who championed a stronger anti-texting law for Virginia in 2013 wants to take them out of drivers’ hands altogether next year.

    Del. Richard Anderson told a conference on distracted driving in September that he will introduce a bill to ban all use of handheld devices by motorists in the commonwealth, as 14 other states and Washington, D.C., have done.

    Phone calls by hands-free technology would remain legal.

  • CCMS sets goal for new soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board is considering a request for a soccer program for Carroll County Middle School.

    Information about the potential program was presented by Dr. Mark Burnette, who turned the floor over to middle school principal Marc Quesenberry at the school board’s Oct. 14 meeting.

  • Ebola unlikely, but local agencies prepared

    As a meme going around Facebook proclaims, more people have been dumped by pop star Taylor Swift than have caught the Ebola virus in the U.S.

    On a more sober note, Ebola, worldwide, has caused slightly more than 4,500 deaths from 1976 to mid-October this year out of more than 7,000 reported cases — most of them in West Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). By contrast, the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919 infected 500 million people across the globe and killed at least 50 million of them in that time frame alone, according to the CDC.

  • Andrews Farming announces 51 new jobs

    UPDATED 10/23/14:

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The county filled the last building in the Carroll Industrial Park on Tuesday when Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister operation ANDCO Logistics Inc. announced plans to expand their operation, invest $5.6 million and hire 51 people over a three-year period.

  • Carroll couple makes history after ban lifted

    Virginia became a new wedding destination for same-sex couples on Oct. 6, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage court rulings in Virginia that declared the ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional. In the days that followed, Carroll County saw a significant amount of activity, as well as continued debates on the topic.

  • Fries will help church with flood damage

    FRIES — The town of Fries is working with Pastor Lee Thomas of Fries United Methodist Church to control flood damage to the church building that has been caused by heavy rains.

    During Fries Town Council’s Oct. 7 meeting, Mayor Richard Farmer requested an update on the situation from Thomas, who had approached council earlier in the year with the problem.

    Thomas presented a plan to the board that involved digging a ditch to divert the path of rainwater from the building.

  • Rooftop of Va. launches annual toy drive

    Local businesses have an opportunity to help kids in need and create good public relations at the same time.

    Rooftop of Virginia’s Community Action Program has begun its annual drive for its Toy Shop and requests items suitable for children 0-18 years of age, but they’re also seeking businesses to participate in their donation box programs.

  • Austinville woman injured in wreck, trapped for 12 hours

    AUSTINVILLE — An Austinville woman was admitted to a hospital Oct. 16 after a single-vehicle accident that trapped her in her vehicle with injuries for 12 hours, state police said.

    Police were notified at 2:40 p.m. last Thursday of a vehicle over the side of the mountain along Stoots Mountain Road in Austinville.

    Responding officers and rescue teams found Carolyn K. Stephens, 44, trapped in a 2010 Ford Expedition over the side of the mountain.

  • Deer crashes through Galax store window

    A deer apparently tried to help the Stringbean Coffee Shop get a drive-thru window this Monday morning, joked Derrick Davis, the shop’s owner.

    Around 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13, a deer that is believed to have been struck by a vehicle in Galax ran from Oldtown Street to South Main Street, where the Stringbean is located. The deer then ran into the storefront’s glass window and shattered it before running away.

    No humans were hurt, as the shop was running late that morning and had not yet opened for business. The incident left the shop temporarily closed.

  • Four injured in two-car crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident involving four individuals on Virginia 100 on Oct. 6.

    According to a police report filed by State Police Sgt. Mike Musser, who worked the accident, the department received at call at 11:15 a.m.