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Today's News

  • Giles dominates Draper Invite

    DRAPER –– Kory Wilson of Giles incinerated the front nine on his way to a 4-under-par 68 while the Spartans posted three of the  top seven individual scores to handily win the 8th annual Draper Valley Prep Classic last Thursday at Draper Valley Golf Club.

    Wilson opened his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and followed up with birdies on five of the next eight holes to make the turn six strokes under par with a 30.

  • Winding road takes Leonard to Ky. school

    There is no quick and easy way to get from Independence, Va. to Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. The drive there is some 350 miles long and consumes nearly six hours.

    Even if there were a shortcut from here to a place just southwest of Lexington, Ky., Dustin Leonard has taken the roundabout path to play college baseball for the Eagles.

  • United Way returns with revamped campaign

    Rather than raising money to meet a specific monetary goal, the organization is trying to recruit more donors from the community to help as many people as it possibly can.

  • Nothing cool about this school

    HILLSVILLE — With the heating and air conditioning system removed from the main building at Carroll County High, people want to know, “how cool is school?”
    After the first day, staff and students knew the answer: Not very.
    The new school year commenced Aug. 13 as planned, with work to replace the HVAC system at the high school moving to the evening and early morning so as to not disturb classes.

  • Citizens make plea for Grayson resource officers

    INDEPENDENCE – Despite the pleas of citizens, the Grayson County School Board chose to take no action at its Aug. 12 meeting on a pending grant that would provide two additional School Resource Officers to the division this year.
    Last month, the Grayson Board of Supervisors approved a funding plan to pay 20 percent of the local match of the salary and benefits to add the SRO positions to both Grayson Highlands and Independence Middle schools.

  • No conflict of interest found for Larrowe

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s administrator himself is the latest person to ask for an outside opinion on whether he had a conflict of interest while in office, in connection with a real estate deal.
    The answer from the Dickenson County commonwealth’s attorney is “no.”
    Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins broached the topic at Monday’s county board meeting, during a presentation by Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons on an unrelated matter.

  • No conflict of interest found for Larrowe

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s administrator himself is the latest person to ask for an outside opinion on whether he had a conflict of interest while in office, in connection with a real estate deal.
    The answer from the Dickenson County commonwealth’s attorney is “no.”
    Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins broached the topic at Monday’s county board meeting, during a presentation by Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons on an unrelated matter.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/14/13

    Hands off
    I was reading about the property seizure at Carroll Industrial Park. That park does not need a four-lane. There is nothing in the park whatsoever. If they want to seize the property, they need to pay the lady for her property. If they don’t want to do that, they need to build them a bridge across the interstate to enter their own property. They don’t need to be taking people’s property. It can be argued any way they want to but it is still against the law and I think the lady ought to fight it.

  • Conviction in carjacking, attempted murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder avoided a two-day jury trial in Carroll County Circuit Court by pleading guilty to six felonies on Friday.
    Richard Austin Williams faced two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of attempted carjacking, one count of using a firearm while attempting to commit a carjacking, two counts of using a firearm while attempting to commit murder and two counts of abduction by force and intimidation.

  • Police: suspect left trail of destruction in his wake

    Dustin Lee Alley, 23, of Woodlawn was arrested on Saturday and received charges in two localities after he allegedly stole a truck, wrecked it outside the Galax city limits and instigated a carjacking in an attempt to escape police, a report said.
    Galax police were notified on Aug. 10 that a 2000 Dodge Dakota had been stolen from Blue Ridge Tobacco in Galax. Garnett Alan Price of Galax, the owner of the vehicle, was inside the shop conducting business when the incident occurred, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.