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Today's News

  • Carroll welcomes AmeriPumps' investment, new jobs

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia economic development officials joined in the celebration of a transportable pump manufacturer and distributor in the Carroll Industrial Park at a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30.

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick Gottschalk, representing Gov. Tim Kaine, wielded a pair of scissors to welcome the 125 jobs and $4.5 million investment AmeriPumps will bring to Hillsville and Carroll County.

  • Clergy denounces chaplain policy

    Echoing recent Republican criticism, about a dozen Christian clergy members in Virginia have denounced a new policy that instructs State Police troopers working as chaplains not to invoke specific deities in public prayers offered at government events.

    The ministers, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of congregations and pastors across the state, called on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to rescind the nonsectarian prayer policy, labeling it an affront to Christianity.

  • Arson suspect released

    HILLSVILLE — A 25-year-old Carroll County man charged with burning his own home was released from jail on bond Sept. 29.

    Travis Ray Hall was charged with arson by direct indictment at the September meeting of the Carroll grand jury, one day after he allegedly set fire to the trailer in the Laurel section of the county that his family lived in.

    Hall was also charged with a felony as part of a Carroll Sheriff's Office investigation, for threatening to burn the home he shared with Ashley Hall.

  • Drive Defensively

    It’s good to know that Virginia Department of Transportation officials are troubleshooting safety problems with Carroll County roads.

    The problem in question has been on the 2,200-foot, steep incline on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn that’s known for hydroplaning accidents during thunderstorms.

    It wasn’t just isolated incidents — 14 such accidents happened on that stretch of road in a two-year period.

    Just imagine driving along westbound in a rainstorm and the tires slip, and in a split second the vehicle goes down an embankment.

  • Fire destroys historic Elk Creek building

    ELK CREEK — Volunteer fire departments from Elk Creek, Fries, Independence and Galax battled a fire that destroyed a building on Carsonville Road in Elk Creek Monday morning that once housed a branch office of Grayson National Bank.

    Dewey Baldwin, who lived in the building, said he was awakened by two motorists who saw smoke coming from the building. Baldwin and his family escaped from the burning building.

    Firefighters were still on the scene Monday afternoon fighting the blaze in the two-story brick building.

  • Teddy bear festival set for weekend

    By APRIL WRIGHT

    Staff

    Steiff bear collectors and dealers from as far as Belgium, Germany, the West Coast and New England are expected to view, sell and buy Steiff product line, as well as antique and vintage bears, at the third annual Steiff on the Mountain Teddy Bear Festival this weekend in Galax.

    The Saturday-Sunday event is hosted by Galax gift shop and Steiff teddy bear dealer Bearly A Memory. As the only major Steiff dealer in the area, it distributes Steiff bears to collectors all over the world.

  • Carroll charges unsealed

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has unsealed a number of direct indictments issued in the Sept. 15 grand jury session.

    It is common practice for the court to seal indictments until people named in the warrants can be served.

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

    Charges alleged in the unsealed indictments include:

    • Tory Leigh Waller, embezzlement from the Ruth Hall Insurance Agency.

    • Nicky Lee Dixon, conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act, and distribution of marijuana.

  • Galax sweeps girls', boys' wins in cross country

    FRIES –– Galax took both the boys’ and girls’ team wins Wednesday at a six-team cross country meet in Fries.

  • Grayson County meets road Hazard in 47-16 loss

    HAZARD, Ky. –– Following a drive of nearly four hours, Grayson County was greeted by a 19-point first-quarter outpouring by one of Kentucky’s top small-school teams, falling 47-16 to Hazard in a nondistrict game at Daniel Stadium.

    The Bulldogs (5-1), ranked No. 6 among Kentucky 1A schools, scored on every possession through the first three quarters to deal the Blue Devils their sixth straight defeat without a win.

  • Maroon Tide drops Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax bounced back from a big second-game deficit and swept the season series with Grayson County 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 in a Mountain Empire District volleyball match Tuesday night at Grayson County Middle School.

    “We seemed really fired-up and ready to play,” said Maroon Tide coach Rose Houk after her team improved to 8-6 overall, 3-1 in district play. “This was a really big win for us. We showed a huge improvement in our serving.”