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Today's News

  • Former guard pleads guilty, avoids jail

    ROANOKE — A 39-year-old Hillsville man will spend three years on probation for a crime involving drug distribution and firearms.

    Victor Lee Billings will face three years on probation and a special assessment of $100, after being convicted of illegal possession of a firearm while illegally using a controlled substance, According to Brian P. McGinn, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District in Roanoke.

  • Man charged for indecent liberties with minor

    A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged March 29 with indecent liberties with a child under 15 years of age, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    A warrant was issued for Eddie Dale Privett of Galax on March 26, and police used social media to circulate a photo of him online.

    On Sunday, police said Privett approached a residence in Carroll County and stated he had been living outside for days, was homeless and seeking food.

  • Church to debut play in new sanctuary

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hillsville will present an Easter play, “The Last Days of Christ” this weekend at its new sanctuary on 203 Virginia Street.

  • Carroll upgrades emergency dispatch center

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is putting the finishing touches on a new dispatch center renovation project on the lower floor of the Carroll County Governmental Complex in Hillsville.

    Sheriff J.B. Gardner said the new center is “state of the art” and contains the very latest in radio technology equipment.

    Gardner said the old dispatch office was outdated and didn’t provide adequate space for a dispatcher to handle their daily duties.

  • Motion denied in Jones case

    INDEPENDENCE - A Grayson County Circuit Court judge denied a motion Tuesday to set aside a verdict finding Matthew Steven Jones guilty in the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George.
    Following a three-day jury trial in November, Jones was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison and a $100,000 fine. At his sentencing hearing on March 6, Jones' attorney, Karen Boyer, made it clear that she planned to contest the verdict.

  • Free clinic reopening in Galax

    Those seeking help from the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties lately have called only to hear a message that, due to financial difficulties, the institution was closed.

    However, according to Jonathan Sweet, who acts as president of the clinic’s board of directors, the clinic is reopening on April 7 and will resume serving the community’s medical needs as before.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 22 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 22 direct indictments against 10 individuals on March 16.

    After an investigation going back almost two years, William Michael Hazelwood Sr., 37, was indicted on two counts of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm and destruction of property.

    According to the indictments, Hazelwood allegedly broke into two separate Carroll County homes in the daytime, with the intent to commit larceny.

  • Supervisor puts own money into coyote bounty fund

    INDEPENDENCE – With funds exhausted for a controversial bounty on coyotes in Grayson County, one supervisor took it upon himself to donate additional funds in hopes that other citizens will follow-suit.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet notified supervisors by memo earlier this month that only $480 of the budgeted $10,000 remained.

  • Mary Holland is acting funny

    LOS ANGELES, Cal. — “Starry-eyed, small-town girl goes to Hollywood and makes it big” is such a staple of popular imagination that it’s doubled back on itself – it seems like something we (or maybe somebody’s PR people) must have made up.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.