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Today's News

  • Woolwine plans to withdraw guilty plea

    HILLSVILLE – The attorney for a man charged with the homicide of his young son says his client intends to withdraw his guilty plea.

    Christopher Dean Woolwine, 30, of Christiansburg pleaded guilty May 26 in Carroll County Circuit Court to charges of hit-and-run and second-degree homicide in relation to an incident from Halloween of 2014.

    He was back in court last Thursday for pre-sentencing, but the hearing ended in a continuance.

  • Sheriff's office gets grant for police cars

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded grants for two patrol vehicles.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, the $50,000 grant funds were supplied by the USDA Rural Development in Wytheville.

  • Miss Carroll County Fair 2015

    HILLSVILLE – Girls of all ages strutted their stuff in ruffles and rhinestones at the Miss Carroll County Fair pageant last Thursday night.

    The pageant, open to girls from birth to 19 years of age and residents of Carroll and adjoining counties, had more than 60 participants. The girls were divided into nine age groups and were eligible to enter an optional photogenic contest for each group.

    Derrick Davis hosted this year’s pageant, with assistance from his son, Coleman.

    Winners included:

  • Celebrating a decade of making a difference

    Crossroads Institute held its 10-year anniversary celebration Aug. 25 with a video presentation, words from new director Brenda Sutherland and refreshments. The event started at 10 a.m. and lasted about 90 minutes.

    The video focused on “success stories” from those who have been helped by the institution’s business incubator at Crossroads, including Steve Winesett of Candor Construction, Travis Belton and Joanie Newman of Moog-Galax and Leigh Ann Richardson of Vital Supply in Wytheville.

  • After 100 years, VFW Auxiliary admits men

    HILLSVILLE — There is no longer a “Ladies Auxiliary” for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as the veterans’ organization adapts to today’s military, in which more and more women are serving.

    That will not affect the very active and popular “support” organization for the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville. The organization is now known as the “VFW Auxiliary” and membership is now open to men, said Donald Trausneck of Post 1115.

  • Board votes down procedure change

    INDEPENDENCE — After a deadlock vote over a seat on the Grayson County Planning Commission in July, the Grayson Board of Supervisors this month discussed a change in their procedures for electing members to boards and commissions.

    Supervisor Kenneth Belton approached the board with a draft of procedure changes during the Aug. 13 meeting. Prior to the meeting, he had asked County Administrator Jonathan Sweet to come up with a set of procedure rules for appointing board members.

  • Woodlawn crash injures two people

    Staff Reports

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday night on Coulson Church Road (Virginia 620) in Carroll County, about one-tenth of a mile north of Senior Road, around 10 p.m.

    According to a state police report, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling northbound on Coulson Church Road when the driver crossed the centerline and struck a 2004 Toyota Tacoma head-on. The Tacoma overturned on its side as a result.

  • Ag Day at the Carroll Fair

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP, Staff

    Around 800 students from the Twin Counties participated in the Carroll County Agriculture Fair Ag Education Days Tuesday through Thursday.

    The students rotated between multiple stations learning about a range of topics at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market. The various presenters gave engaging and fact-filled information to the students about recycling, beekeeping, soil and water conservation, lawnmower safety and cotton manufacturing.

  • Candidate forums to be held in Grayson

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Candidates in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County will have the opportunity to participate in four political forums in September.

    The Grayson County Citizens for Better Schools will sponsor the forums, which will be held at 7 p.m. each night.

  • Grayson grand jury opens sealed charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Lansing, N.C., man has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on five charges.

    The indictments against Jamie Matthew Eldreth, 35, were among the sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met July 24 and recently unsealed.

    Eldreth was indicted for eluding police, disregarding stop; reckless driving; driving on a suspended license; failure to display proper tag; and defective equipment.

    Other indictments unsealed were: