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Today's News

  • Trial to be set for Billings homicide suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Both suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings are now being scheduled for hearings in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Chad Allen Reeves, 32, and George Albert Harper III, 41, have been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the death of high school student Billings — a case that is almost 13 years old.

  • "Give me liberty": Trausneck preserves Virginia patriot's speech

    HILLSVILLE — Guests who attended last year’s Fourth of July celebration in Hillsville might have spotted a familiar figure at the Grover King VFW Post during the festivities. Clad in familiar colonial attire, “Patrick Henry” took the stage last year to deliver his historic message to the community.

  • Volunteers collect 1,325 bags of trash

    Motorists, bikers and hikers alike may have noticed by now that the roadsides in Carroll County are a lot cleaner than usual, thanks to a community effort.

    During the months of April and May, citizens were invited to participate in the county’s annual Roadside Litter Control Project. Individuals, churches, civic groups and other organizations volunteered to roll up their sleeves and bag up more than 1,000 bags of trash.

  • Chalfant resigns as Grayson school chief

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Embattled Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant is stepping down.

    Grayson County School Board Acting Chairman Shannon Holdaway made the announcement in a school system news release distributed Friday.

  • Plea hearing set in second-degree murder case

    HILLSVILLE — Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg is scheduled for a plea hearing in Carroll County Circuit Court on May 26.

    Woolwine was arrested last Halloween after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident on U.S. 52. According to the police report, Woolwine traveled a tenth of a mile from the scene before wrecking his vehicle a second time.

    Woolwine was traveling with his young son that evening, and both were injured as a result of the crash.

    The child later died at Wake Forest Baptist Trauma Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Joe Wilson was mountain music's champion

    Generally, legends are made by acts of great heroism: beating back an enemy, rescuing the helpless, bringing justice to the oppressed.

    Another component of heroism is simply in doing: committing acts and going forward.

    Curious, then, that Joe Wilson, who died on May 17 at 77 years of age, is a legend in folklore, traditional arts and roots music when he was barely known to pick up a guitar.

  • Fries sets stage for theater renovation

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a plan to renovate the Fries Community Center Theater.

    Originally presented to council in April, a plan designed by Kit Marshall was reviewed and approved by council members on May 5.

    “Last month, we asked [Marshall] to show her ideas around to get further input from the public. I can’t say that I’ve spoken to everybody, but everyone I have talked to has spoken favorably about the design,” Mayor Richard Farmer said.

  • Rural mail service criticized

    WASHINGTON — The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail.

    The association’s president says an alarming deterioration in rural mail service is being reported across the country.

    “The Postal Service took a radical step when it began closing down the processing operations in smaller cities and moved them to the heart of urban America” said National Newspaper President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

  • Carroll set to adopt $1.4 M budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will meet on May 26 to adopt the fiscal year 2016 county budget and set tax rates.

    Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room on the second floor of the Carroll County Governmental Center.

    In April, the board reviewed a proposal for the budget, which included a reduction in the county’s real estate tax rate, an increase in the machinery and tools and personal property tax rates and the elimination of the farm machinery tax.

  • Vehicle reported stolen with child inside

    HILLSVILLE — A Laurel Fork man and woman were arrested on various charges last week, after police received a complaint about a stolen vehicle with a child inside.

    According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Eric Sain was dispatched to 958 Bear Creek Road on May 14 at 6 p.m., to speak with a caller about a stolen truck. When he arrived, the complainant said that a red 2006 Nissan Titan truck with a Florida license plate had been taken, and that it was occupied by her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend and a 3-year-old child.