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Today's News

  • Mental health funding still an issue in Virginia

    The legislative subcommittee examining Virginia’s mental health system registered a significant victory earlier this year when the General Assembly approved a bill expanding the mandated services provided by community services boards.

    It also has done well to address the systematic shortcomings illuminated by the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate. As a result, jailhouse deaths will now be investigated by the Board of Corrections.

  • Carroll burglary suspect to plead

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court this month, on multiple charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year.

    According to Circuit Court records, Wyndom Taylor Thornton will submit a plea to charges of entering a structure to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony; grand larceny (greater than or equal to a $200 value); larceny with intent to distribute (more than a $200 value); and two charges of distribution of a Schedule II drug (second offense).

  • Three charged in Wythe County double homicide

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — Three teens are charged in connection with a double homicide in Wythe County, after the two victims’ bodies were found this week.

    Raymond Lewis Rodriguez, 24, of Austinville, was one of two victims found Dec. 6 at a residence in Wythe County. The second victim was Aiden Dawson, 17, of Wytheville, who had been missing since Nov. 30. Both had been shot in the head, police said.

    In a statement to TV station WDBJ-7, Rodriguez’s sister described Rodriguez and Dawson as “best friends.”

  • Rite-Aid in Galax to become Walgreens

    The Rite-Aid in Galax will become a Walgreens on Dec. 13, according to a company spokesman.

    Walgreens’ Director of External Communications Jim Cohn fielded questions by phone about the change of ownership taking place next week. In September, a deal was struck for Walgreens to purchase 1,932 Rite-Aid stores across the country for $4.4 billion. Rite-Aid will still own a little over half of its stores.

    The Galax store is located at 425 East Stuart Drive.

  • Christmas fund begins mission to help neighbors

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Carroll Christmas Fund, a community effort that makes the holiday season brighter for the less fortunate.

    When the Carroll Christmas Fund began in 1997, volunteers delivered 64 food boxes, said DeAnn Smith of Dawn Auction Company in Hillsville, one of the event’s sponsors. “Since then, this project has been extremely blessed and last year we delivered food boxes to 565 families and toys to over 450 children.”

  • Readers Hotline 12/6/17

    Something to monitor
    Your paper recently ran a front-page article regarding Christmas tree farms and all of their benefits to Grayson County. However, you never mentioned the downside of the Christmas tree business, like poisonous pesticides that are sprayed by helicopters and are dangers to our health, especially those who live in the middle of several Christmas tree farms. How about mentioning the increase of cancer rates in Grayson County now that we have these wonderful Christmas trees.

    In need of aerobics

  • Public record for 12/6/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Police chase suspect to be sentenced

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — An Austinville man who was involved in a police chase that resulted in a school lockdown earlier this year will be sentenced Dec. 11 in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Eric Donald Edwards, 30, pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to a felony charge of eluding a law enforcement officer, according to court records. He was indicted on that and other charges by a grand jury in June.

  • Missing Carroll man found safe

    UPDATE: Carroll has been found safe at a shelter in Roanoke.

    Original Story:

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a man reported missing.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Tuesday that his office has taken a missing person report on a Carroll County man. William McCoy Carroll, 40, left his home near Galax on Dec. 2 and was last seen heading to Roanoke. Gardner said the man was reportedly going to Roanoke “to speak with the FBI.”

  • Fugitive arrested, police seize guns, drugs

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies charged a local man for being a fugitive from Pittsylvania County after a traffic stop on Dec. 1, where they seized an assault rifle, ammo, drugs and a stolen firearm.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner reported that Deputy Josh Bowers was on patrol on U.S. 52 in Cana when he attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle with extremely loud exhaust.