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  • Filing date nears for Carroll supervisor candidates

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Three seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will be up for election in May, and the filing date for Republican candidates is approaching.

    Three of the board’s six seats are up for election, in the Fancy Gap, Laurel Fork and Pipers Gap districts.

    The Fancy Gap District is represented by Phil McCraw, who has announced that he will not seek re-election. The Laurel Fork District is held by Josh Hendrick and the Pipers Gap District is held by Tom Littrell.

  • High-speed chase ends in crash

    Staff Reports

    A high speed chase in Carroll County on Jan. 9 resulted in the arrest of James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville, who was wanted in the county for a probation violation, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    On Monday at approximately 7:50 p.m., Cpl. Joseph Holderfield of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person, possibly armed, had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen.

  • Cana man charged with shooting wife

    Staff Reports

    CANA — A Cana man who allegedly shot his wife is now in custody in the New River Valley Regional Jail, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.

    On Jan. 4 at 2:41 a.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Northern Surry Hospital in North Carolina, requesting deputies to respond to their emergency room for a female with a gunshot wound that had just come in.

  • Lawmaker's bills would tighten school discipline rules

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — A trio of bills introduced in the state Senate this month would tighten rules on how public schools may discipline students, including limits on long-term suspensions and expulsions.

    Senate Majority Whip Bill Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin County) proposed the rules last week. If passed, they would:

    • Cut the maximum long-term suspension from 364 calendar days to 45 school days (SB 995).

  • Fire destroys Providence barn

    FRIES ― Fries and Galax firefighters responded to the scene of a barn fire on Providence Road in Fries last Tuesday.

    The call was to 243 Providence Road at 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 10, where firefighters battled a blaze that fully engulfed a barn owned by Timothy Luper.

    According to Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, Luper said he’d been operating a forklift and parked it in the barn near some hay. When he returned a short time later, the forklift and hay were on fire.

  • Readers Hotline 1/18/17

    Grip the wheel

  • Public record for 1/18/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Blue Devil boys stifle Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County used a 20-3 run – including a second-quarter shutout – to blow past Galax 53-22 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Saturday night.

  • Maroon Tide holds off Devils

    INDEPENDENCE –– Galax quickly built a nine-point lead and fended off numerous Grayson County comeback attempts to take a 44-34 Mountain Empire District girls’ win Saturday evening.

    The Maroon Tide (5-5) never trailed after scoring the game’s first four points and led 12-3 on Halle Bryant’s putback at the two-minute mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devils (2-8), fresh off a win over then- once-beaten Narrows, made one run after another at Galax but were unable to draw even.

  • Readers Hotline 1/16/17

    No attempt
    Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when a truck [from a local jurisdiction] comes to your neighborhood and stops at the end of the driveway and makes no attempt to scrape the snow and ice off of your street so you could get out? Yet, our postman made three attempts to come up the hill. Finally parked his truck and walked to our mailboxes to deliver our mail. He got the job done. Lastly, a young man with a pickup and no chains came to our neighborhood and scraped our street where the truck made no attempt to do so.