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Today's News

  • Woman charged with smuggling drugs into prison

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A Dumfries woman was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury meeting in Independence last Friday on four charges, two of them that alleged that she distributed drugs to a prisoner at River North Correctional Center in Independence.

  • Carroll police searching for fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to locate two former Carroll County men on a number of charges.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, is wanted for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery. Authorities are also looking for Timothy A. Laffoon, 34, who is wanted for forgery and uttering.

    Both individuals are wanted in several locations, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Independent challenges Griffith in 9th District

    Independent candidate William Carr is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) in the U.S. Congressional race in the 9th District of Virginia on Nov. 4.

    Carr is a 69-year-old retired businessman from Ararat. He grew up on a 300-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh in 1969. He is married, a father of four, and a grandfather of six.

  • Safe Halloween events planned

    TOWN OF HILLSVILLE

    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and continue through 8 p.m.

    This year, the Friends of Hillsville will provide a safe trick-or treating experience for the kids, as well as fun games and activities for the entire family.

  • Robotics team could assemble in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has received a proposal to form a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team for students in fourth through eighth grades.

    At its Oct. 14 meeting, the school board heard information about the league from Shanda Sinnett, a gifted specialist for Carroll County Public Schools.

    According to the proposal, the First LEGO League introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

  • IDA takes care of business expansion details

    After last Tuesday morning’s press conference at the Carroll County municipal building announcing the creation of 51 new jobs by Andrews Farming Inc. and its sister company ANDCO Logistics, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority held a called meeting to vote on details concerning the announcement.

    During the meeting, the IDA voted unanimously on several motions, including approval to sublease the property to ANDCO and Andrews Farming. The property is owned by Virginia Produce, leased by the IDA, and is now being subleased to ANDCO and Andrews

  • Saving green in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Recycling has a payoff to Grayson County.

    This year alone, Grayson has made $49,398 in revenue and saved $22,550 in landfill fees from citizens who recycle cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic, aluminum and steel.

    “The $156 fee on everyone’s property tax bill for yearly trash pickup has not gone up since 2008 because of recycling revenues,” said Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith, at a public tour of Grayson’s recycling facility. “The more we recycle, the more money we save for our citizens.”

  • Firefighters, tenants participate in drill

    Residents of downtown Galax saw smoke but no fire last Tuesday night when the Galax Fire Department conducted an intensive training session at an apartment building on Center Street.

    The training was set up to simulate “a large fire on the third floor with possible civilian entrapment” according to Capt. Mike Ayers. “Last night’s training was a culmination of several previous trainings that we have had this summer,” he said Oct. 22, listing them as “search and rescue, hose advancement, ladder rescues and mayday.

  • Vehicle fire closes part of I-77

    A tractor-trailer fire of unknown origin caused part of Interstate 77 around mile marker 6.7 to be shut down on Friday, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Musser.

    Musser said the vehicle was coming up the mountain around 7 a.m. when the truck caught fire. The driver pulled over and exited the cab, which burned, along with part of the payload, said Musser.

    “He just noticed it started smoking,” Musser said. “Nobody was hurt. The driver pulled over and jumped out.”

  • Ministry raising money to buy old Hillcrest Church

    McMillian Ministries has spent its time and energy so far trying to be a dynamic spiritual force in the community. This Saturday evening, it’s asking for just a little help back.

    The ministry boasts an active youth program, including a June conference, and is famed for its formal Winter Ball in February at the Elks Lodge, which Pastor Sue Greene describes as no less than “a black tie event.”

    Pretty impressive for a church whose congregation has no building of its own.