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Today's News

  • Board renews superintendent's contract

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County school superintendent Kelly Wilmore received a new four-year contact at last Monday night’s meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    Board Member Shannon Holdaway made the motion to “approve the resolution for Mr. Wilmore’s contract as presented. Randy Shinault seconded the motion, which was approved by a unanimous vote.

    Wilmore was appointed superintendent on Dec. 1, 2015. The new contract will run from July 1, 2018 to July 2, 2022.

  • Governor to announce economic development project in Hillsville

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Basil Gooden will be in Hillsville on Oct. 19 for an economic development announcement.

    On Thursday, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors sent out invitations to the event in the county’s industrial park.

    The county provided no other details about what the announcement will involve, though the address of the event, 227 Industrial Park Drive, is the site of Virginia Produce Co.

    The announcement is set for 1 p.m.

  • Long sentenced for arson, burglary, extortion

    INDEPENDENCE — Roby Long of Independence, charged last December in a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    In July, Long entered a plea of guilty for charges of arson, destruction of property, burglary and extortion. According to the court, he was sentenced on the same day for all four convictions.

  • Hotline gives teens a place to turn

    Teens often feel alone and misunderstood, even when they have a loving family. For those with no one to lean on, growing up can be even tougher.

    PUSH Ministries in Galax is giving teens a place to turn with its new Teen Talk hotline.

    Jill Burcham of PUSH talked to members of the Galax School Board about the organization’s hotline at their Sept. 12 meeting.

  • Brown to serve 12 years for child porn

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville man who pleaded guilty to 12 counts of possessing child pornography will spend one year in prison for each crime, followed by a decade of probation.

    The case is one of three brought to a Carroll County grand jury through the efforts of a Hillsville police detective and the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

  • Readers Hotline 10/18/17

    The right to protest
    This is just a comment about the Black Lives Matter that is all over the television. You’re protesting against the same thing that gives you the right to protest. You want your First Amendment right, you want to be heard. It’s the First Amendment that gives you the right to walk around carrying a sign and interrupting the world. You are trying to shut down all forms of speech that you don’t want. Unless it’s your opinion, you don’t want it heard.

    Ride into the sunset

  • Public record for 10/18/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Spartans jump on Carroll County early for TRD win

    PEARISBURG –– At some point, the positives have to be found wherever they may be.

    In between a 41-0 first-half shelling and a 46-point final margin, a ray of sunshine elbowed its way through the dark cloud that has been hanging over Carroll County.

  • Maroon Tide smacks Wythe

    WYTHEVILLE –– Friday the 13th is normally considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.

    But not for the Galax Maroon Tide football team.

    The Maroon Tide ignored the superstition and, behind runningback Dougie Peoples and a stingy defense, Galax rolled over George Wythe 50-13 in a Mountain Empire District game played at Pendleton Field last Friday night.

    The Tide (5-2, 3-0) put on an offensive show, rushing for 481 yards on 49 carries.

  • Readers Hotline 10/16/17

    Salute
    There is a business that thanks the police department, the medical services, the fire department and rescue squad. I also thank them, too. I appreciate them. But, I also thank the military for what all they do for us. What would we do without them? I think they deserve a big thank you, also.

    No rubber stamp