Today's News

  • Woman to serve 4 months for indecent liberties

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman will serve four months in prison for taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old child while serving as the child’s custodian.

    Tammy Renee Stuckert, 37, of Hillsville, was originally charged with rape and attempted sodomy after the incident in question took place at her residence at Laurel Ridge Apartments on June 21.

    Stuckert turned herself in to the police three days later, and admitted that she’d had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male that she was babysitting at her apartment.

  • Day of the Zombies!

    HILLSVILLE — The experiment started as a test of a formula to give lazy teenagers more energy.

    But things went wrong — as mad science often does — and now the playground at the Carroll County Recreation Park is infested with zombie teens.

  • Safe Halloween events planned


    Hillsville’s Safe Halloween festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and continue through 8 p.m.

    This year, the Friends of Hillsville will provide a safe trick-or treating experience for the kids, as well as fun games and activities for the entire family.

  • Griffith seeks 2nd term in Congress

    Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith is up for re-election this year, running against independent challenger William Carr in the Nov. 4 election.

    Griffith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat in 2010. The district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    Before that, Griffith served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2010, where he was House Majority Leader from 2000-2010.

  • Independent challenges Griffith in 9th District

    Independent candidate William Carr is challenging incumbent Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) in the U.S. Congressional race in the 9th District of Virginia on Nov. 4.

    Carr is a 69-year-old retired businessman from Ararat. He grew up on a 300-acre farm in eastern North Carolina, and graduated from N.C. State University in Raleigh in 1969. He is married, a father of four, and a grandfather of six.

  • Woman charged with smuggling drugs into prison


    INDEPENDENCE — A Dumfries woman was indicted by a Grayson County grand jury meeting in Independence last Friday on four charges, two of them that alleged that she distributed drugs to a prisoner at River North Correctional Center in Independence.

  • Carroll police searching for fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsville Police Department are requesting the public’s assistance to locate two former Carroll County men on a number of charges.

    Winfred Shane Dawson, 28, is wanted for kidnapping, breaking and entering and assault and battery. Authorities are also looking for Timothy A. Laffoon, 34, who is wanted for forgery and uttering.

    Both individuals are wanted in several locations, according to the Hillsville Police Department.

  • Board says 'academy' owner misled students

    The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has recommended revocation of a cosmetology license belonging to Peggy Marie Haynes, after learning that her salon and cosmetology school in Cana, I Style Salon and Academy, was not properly licensed.

    During an informal fact-finding conference on Aug. 11, the board reviewed statements and evidence that was gathered after several students attempted to complete Haynes’s cosmetology program, only to be denied access to the exam that is required by the board for students to obtain their cosmetology license.

  • Hillsville residents debate zoning request

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville’s Planning Commission is considering a request to re-zone 319 Edgewood Drive from an R-1 (medium density residential) lot to R-2 (multifamily residential).

    During a public hearing at Hillsville Town Council’s Oct. 27 meeting, three individuals made their arguments concerning the proposal.

  • Robotics team could assemble in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has received a proposal to form a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team for students in fourth through eighth grades.

    At its Oct. 14 meeting, the school board heard information about the league from Shanda Sinnett, a gifted specialist for Carroll County Public Schools.

    According to the proposal, the First LEGO League introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.