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Today's News

  • Volunteers collect 1,325 bags of trash

    Motorists, bikers and hikers alike may have noticed by now that the roadsides in Carroll County are a lot cleaner than usual, thanks to a community effort.

    During the months of April and May, citizens were invited to participate in the county’s annual Roadside Litter Control Project. Individuals, churches, civic groups and other organizations volunteered to roll up their sleeves and bag up more than 1,000 bags of trash.

  • Trial to be set for Billings homicide suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Both suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings are now being scheduled for hearings in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Chad Allen Reeves, 32, and George Albert Harper III, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of high school student Billings — a case that is almost 13 years old.

  • "Give me liberty": Trausneck preserves Virginia patriot's speech

    HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Readers Hotline 5/25/15

    Supports trades class
    When I moved my family to beautiful Grayson County, I thought, “how lucky.” Now, I wonder about my children’s education. The vocational programs — building trades were great. Now gone. How about us doing something stronger. The school superintendent and school board need an overhaul. Why lose what we have?

    Republican potholes

  • Rural mail service criticized

    WASHINGTON — The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

    The association’s president says an alarming deterioration in rural mail service is being reported across the country.

    “The Postal Service took a radical step when it began closing down the processing operations in smaller cities and moved them to the heart of urban America” said National Newspaper President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

  • Carroll set to adopt $41.9M budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will meet on May 26 to adopt the fiscal year 2016 county budget and set tax rates.

    Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the second floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center.

    In April, the board reviewed a proposal for the budget, which included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Plea hearing set in second-degree murder case

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg is scheduled for a plea hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court on May 26.

    Woolwine was arrested last Halloween after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on U.S. 52. According to the police report, Woolwine traveled a tenth of a mile from the scene before wrecking his vehicle a second time.

    Woolwine was traveling with his young son that evening, and both were injured as a result of the crash.

    The child later died at Wake Forest Baptist Trauma Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    UPDATE:

    The Grayson County School Board held a special called meeting on May 25, where members voted unanimously 5-0 to accept the superintendent’s resignation. The meeting was the first for Larry Bartlett, sworn in earlier that day after he was appointed by a circuit court judge to fill the vacant Oldtown District seat on the school board.

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

  • Lindsey’s homer lifts Blue Devils

    RICHLANDS –– Emily Lindsey smacked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift Grayson County over Richlands 4-1 in a nondistrict softball game Monday.

    Autumn Halsey led off the sixth with a single up the middle, and a fielder’s choice on Grace Circle’s grounder left both runners safe. Nikki Lundy’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners before Lindsey cranked her game-winning homer to right.

  • Baums win Dannelly 10K

    Jon Baum and Priscilla Baum, both of Madison Heights, were the overall male and female winners of the 17th annual Dr. Ed Dannelly III New River Trail 10K, held May 9 and sponsored by the Galax Recreation Department.

    Jon Baum, 41, posted a time of 38 minutes, 17 seconds to outpace runner-up Harry Hudson (41:18) and two-time former winner Josh Fridley (41:48).

    In the female division, 17-year-old Priscilla Baum ran a 50:37 for her first win in the event, followed by Kim Kitts (51:58) and Megan Boyles (51:13).