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Today's News

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • Woolwine pleads guilty to second degree murder, hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A Christiansburg man who pleaded guilty Monday to hit-and-run and the second-degree murder of his 4-year-old son faces the possibility of a 50-year prison sentence and a $102,500 fine.

    Christopher Woolwine was arrested on Halloween night 2014 after he left the scene of an accident on U.S. 52 and crashed his car a second time while attempting to evade authorities. Woolwine was traveling with his young son, who was killed in the second wreck, according to police reports.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.

  • County: school offer is all-or-nothing

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Take it or leave it.

    That’s what the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants the school board to know about its offer to give $1.1 million above the required minimum funding for the school system in the coming fiscal year.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

  • Jury trial set in attempted murder case

    HILLSVILLE — With the appointment of a new attorney, Christopher Lee Duncan now has a jury trial date to hear his case at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Duncan, 38, was arrested Dec. 1, 2014, in the Wards Gap area of the county. He faces a total of seven charges in the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt.

    His trial is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

  • Music center kicks off concert series

    Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway as the 2015 concert season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

    The Music Center will showcase the talents of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more.

    Shows are Saturdays at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. In mid-September, Saturday showtimes move to 4 p.m.

  • Alderman enters race for Carroll court clerk

    HILLSVILLE — Capt. James A. Alderman Jr. of the Hillsville Police Department has thrown his hat in the ring for the Clerk of Circuit Court position in Carroll County in the November election.

    Running as an independent candidate, Alderman is known by most people in the community as “Junior” or “Bullet.” He and his wife, Fay, are residents in the Sylvatus, Liberty Hill section of Carroll County, to which Alderman has long-standing family ties.

  • Trail advocates to meet with forest service

    The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Trail Advocacy Coalition will meet with U.S. Department of Forestry officials this weekend for a workshop, as the citizen group tries to keep access trails open that allow horseback riders to reach trails at Mount Rogers.

    The group has been lobbying local governments, state representatives and federal officials to prevent the realignment of the recreation area’s trail system.

  • Galax sets June 13 as graduation date

    Galax City Public Schools has set June 13 as the Galax High School graduation date.

    GHS 1997 graduate Sarah B. Hiza, Ph.D., has been selected as the graduation speaker this year. Hiza went on to obtain degrees from both Virginia Tech and the University of Akron and works in propulsion systems.

    In other action at recent meetings, the board: