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Today's News

  • 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 $41.9M 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Police: Baywood house fire suspicious

    BAYWOOD — Authorities are still sorting out events surrounding a suspicious May 10 fire that gutted a Baywood family’s mobile home, but police have arrested a neighbor they say shot into the home the previous evening.

    Grayson County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded around noon to a 250 Cold Springs Lane structure fire that a sheriff’s office news release termed “suspicious in nature.”

  • Cavaliers dominate Fleming

    HILLSVILLE –– With a benign little one-run opening to the bottom of the first inning in its Conference 24 softball quarterfinal game Monday, Carroll County had two outs and two runners on.

    And a lot of damage left to be done.

    The Cavaliers sent 11 more batters to the plate with two down, scored nine more runs and were off to the races, using a 10-run first inning to jump all over William Fleming for a five-inning, 27-0 win.

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  • Double duty for Strickland

    HILLSVILLE –– Like most kids who are into multiple sports, Cheyenne Strickland’s favorite has been the one that’s happened to be in season at the moment. The Carroll County senior still can’t decide. But she’s got four more years to try.

    Strickland committed to Ferrum College last week to play volleyball and softball, and while dual-sport athletes at the collegiate level aren’t exactly common, she relishes the thought of giving it a shot.

  • Devils zip to 18-5 win, Lady Cavs go 19-0

    WARDELL –– It’s a good inning when you can put up a crooked number. It’s a good day when you can put up a zip code.

    Grayson County borrowed the Palm Beach, Fla. postal ID for its line score – 33480 – and capped a 17-win regular season with an 18-5 win over the Blue Tornado in a nondistrict game Friday at Southwest Virginia Community College.

    The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Richlands in April.