Today's News

  • Cavs seek end to Blues' streak

     HILLSVILLE –– The conversation about Richlands each October almost never varies.

    The topics shift one to the next with familiarity, from the impressive size of the line to the speed and ability of the skill guys, from the storied history of the program to the big-time recruits playing there.

    The only thing that changes year-to-year is the names, and even that isn’t changing this time around.

  • Carroll wins 19th straight

    HILLSVILLE –– Senior Night is usually a way to honor outgoing athletes before they play on their home floor for the final time. Wednesday, it was a mere technicality.

    The 12th-graders on Carroll County’s volleyball team will get in a few more spikes amid familiar surroundings before its all said and done as the Cavaliers locked up the Southwest District championship with a three-set win over Abingdon.

  • Drug charges filed in Carroll

      HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released these indictments, which had previously been sealed.

    It is common for the court to seal its paperwork until after the person named in the indictment has been served with warrants.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Named in these indictments were:

    • John Ray Sutphin — possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug, issued in June 2008.

    • Kenneth Dale Dalton — possession of meth

  • Hall pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patients

    ABINGDON — A former senior social worker for Grayson County has pleaded guilty to charges related to her participation in a variety of fraudulent acts devised to steal money from a pair of elderly patients formerly in her care.

    She faces up to 30 years in federal prison on three charges.

    Jennifer Edward Hall, 36, of Galax was indicted by a federal grand jury in July and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit access devise fraud, three counts of access device fraud and one count of bank fraud.

  • Missing man turns up safe

     HILLSVILLE — Plans to search for a missing man by air were grounded when the subject turned up at a residence in Laurel Fork on Wednesday.

    After about two days since Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane went missing, Carroll officials had planned to use a helicopter to recheck part of the county for the 82-year-old Laurel Fork resident, Sheriff Warren Manning said.

    The flyover was delayed by poor visibility and, in the meantime, Funderburke showed up at a home on Little Valley Road just before noon.

  • Halloween Happenings




    There's a candy crisis — sweet treats are needed for the Galax Downtown Association's 6th Annual Halloween Monster Bash, to be held downtown on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

    Each year, the Halloween Monster Bash treats 3,000 to 4,000 children to a night of trick-or-treating and spooky activities. 

  • For first time, all Grayson school accredited

     INDEPENDENCE — For the first time in Virginia Standards of Learning history, all Grayson County schools are fully accredited.

    Director of Instruction Steve Cornett made the announcement during a Grayson County School Board meeting Oct. 11. Those in attendance applauded.

    Grayson accreditation status is based on 2009-10 SOL results. 

  • Grayson issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury last Friday on seven charges, including allegedly breaking into the home of Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Bypass a road to riches for contractors

    HILLSVILLE — While business owners wonder what impact the U.S. 58 bypass will have on them in the future, a Branch Highways representative says the company has spent many dollars with local services and materials providers.

    Mike Higgins, Branch's vice president of operations, answered questions from The Gazette while in Hillsville for the bypass ribbon cutting recently.

  • Public record for 10/27/10 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.  
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 12-Aug. 3 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: