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Today's News

  • Out of the box

    HILLSVILLE — Without the social aspect of tutoring at Out of the Box, eighth and ninth graders from Carroll County Intermediate School might not spend an extra 90 minutes being so studious on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The school system recently teamed up with community partner First United Methodist Church of Hillsville, using the church's youth ministry space set up in the Main Street storefront that formerly housed the Ben Franklin five and dime store.

  • Making the Grade in Fries

    The Grayson County School System is making every effort possible to achieve accreditation division-wide, an undertaking that should earn them some “extra credit” on their school report card.

    The school system has only one school remaining — Fries Middle — to achieve that goal.

    With less than 40 schools throughout Virginia fully accredited for the 2009-10 school year, the school administrators know the importance of achieving this goal, and they have responded.

  • Murder appeal fails

    The Virginia Court of Appeals saw no cause to set aside the convictions of murder against a 23-year-old Carroll man in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court after a two-day trial found Clinton Eric Burke guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

    The jury also found Burke guilty of five related charges, including three counts of use of a firearm, the malicious wounding of Amanda Bond and burglary from the home.

  • Bassett speaks out at AEP hearing

    ROCKY MOUNT — Speaker after speaker passionately, pleadingly or sometimes testily implored the Virginia State Corporation Commission last Thursday to take action that current state law is unlikely to allow — that they fully reject or drastically reduce another rate increase proposed this year by Appalachian Power Co. that would further increase customers' electric bills.

  • Volunteers deserve respect

    It would be difficult to overstate the importance of volunteers and the services they provide to the community.

    Those who volunteer share their time, energy and knowledge with friends, neighbors, family and strangers, all while sacrificing their own comfort, to do some good.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/23/09

    Greeting open to interpretation

    I’ve noticed recent postings in the Readers’ Hotline about the meaning of the word “evening.”

    I grew up in New England. I may be a Yankee by birth, but I had no choice in the matter. I’m a Southerner by choice. And in New England, the word “evening” means dusk or 6 p.m., whichever comes first, and everybody there understands that as the meaning of the word.

    And, when I lived there, I used that meaning of the word.

  • AmerLink could be liquidated

    RICHMOND — There's been no objection about turning log home manufacturer AmerLink's financial reorganization into a full-fledged liquidation, says an attorney for Carroll County.

    The official order to change AmerLink's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy request into a Chapter 7 — where the company would be broken up and sold to pay debts — has not come through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilson, N.C., but Carroll attorney William Gray expects it at any time.

  • Carroll's dog law could have teeth

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed ordinance to regulate roaming pets isn't a leash law — it's a no trespassing law involving dogs.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell spoke to the Carroll supervisors at their Nov. 16 meeting about the proposal meant to rein in dogs that go off their owner's property and become nuisances to others.

    This came after a Woodlawn resident twice complained of a neighbor's dog that would chase her and her child on their property.

  • Citizens back IVFD substation

    BRIDLE CREEK — Twenty-two citizens attended a third meeting to develop the next steps for the use of Bridle Creek Elementary once it closes next month.

    The meeting, held Nov. 12, continued the discussion of Independence Volunteer Fire Department's pursuit of the building for use as a sub-station.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    Laurel Elementary students got a bit of a lesson in community development Monday when they listened to 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher and Carroll County officials talk about the public improvements coming through the regional water project.