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Today's News

  • Carroll authorities capture armed man

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office arrested a Cana man on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened police officers and attempted to flee from arrest.

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Christmas project turns tragedy into triumph

    Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.

  • Carroll to make economic announcement Friday

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County will make an economic development announcement on Friday in the Board of Supervisors’ meeting room of the Carroll County Governmental Center in Hillsville, according to a news release.

    This will be the fifth economic development announcement for Carroll County this year.

    Further details about the nature of Friday’s announcement were not available at press time.

  • Ole St. Nick is town's top pick

    HILLSVILLE — ‘Twas the eighth of December, in the Hillsville Town Hall, when the town council gathered to speak unto all.

    Beginning at 7, their usual time, council spoke to the public of each town-owned dime.

  • Police sex bribe case has Carroll connection

    SALEM — The case against a Salem police detective and federal drug agent charged with trading lenient sentences for sex has a surprising connection to Carroll County.

    Kevin Christopher Moore, 42, of Roanoke County, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient sentence.

    Media reports about the story indicate that Moore first arranged to have sex with a federal defendant at a motel in Hillsville, before choosing instead to hold their rendezvous in Fancy Gap.

  • Diner to feed anyone in need Christmas Day

    The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • Woodlawn man, calling himself meanest guy on earth, sentenced for assault

    Copyright 2014, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    WYTHEVILLE — It started with the phone calls.

    Walter Buddy Gooslin of Woodlawn dialed up the Virginia State Police Wytheville headquarters several times early one morning in March 2013, and, in a series of rambling conversations, threatened to tear down the barracks, take a sledgehammer to a church, fire all the officers and “whoop every person in your whole town.”

  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”