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Today's News

  • County asked to help preserve Allen House

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Three members of the Carroll County Historical Society attended last Monday week’s Board of Supervisors meeting with two missions – to give a report on the renovation of the Sidna Allen Home at Fancy Gap and to ask for short-term funds to continue the renovation project.

    John Carpenter told the supervisors that the renovation was going well, but it will take a lot of time and money to finish the project and restore the home to its original condition.

  • Hillsville rally protests travel ban

    HILLSVILLE — About 50 people showed up for the Hillsville Rally for Humanity on Sunday, which attracted media, like-minded passers-by and a few counter-protestors.

    Several protestors carried signs – no larger than one person could carry, as organizer Samantha Castor was told by the town government – and all were cheerful and ready for positive action, as indicated when asked why they had chosen to participate.

  • Public record for 2/22/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Pot activist gets new court date in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man charged with marijuana possession, who staged a protest in front of the Carroll County courthouse in December, was in court again Feb. 17.

    Carroll County General District Court Judge Edward M. Turner issued a continuance for the trial of Keith Leo Olson of Davison, Mich. His trial for possession of marijuana is now set for July 28.

  • Marijuana decriminalization hangs over governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Candice Rader is a 66-year-old retiree who grew up in a conservative home, voted for Donald Trump and watched her father suffer as a terminal cancer patient in the late 1970s before he died at age 53.

    Even though a friend offered her father marijuana to help alleviate his nausea, Rader said, he refused it because he didn’t believe it was ethical to take an illegal substance.

    “To me, that was a very sad thing,” she said. “I don’t want to ever see that happen again.”

  • NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.

  • Hot when it matters

    HILLSVILLE –– There are more ways than one to skin a cat. Fortunately for Carroll County, there were more ways than one to slay a Wolverine.

    Having outshot opponent after opponent this year, the Cavaliers fell uncharacteristically cold from the floor but overcame it by sinking 32 free throws and using a late 12-2 run to survive Woodgrove 69-61 Monday in the Region 4A West girls’ quarterfinals.

  • By any means necessary

    SALEM –– In simplest terms, Will Lawrence is a brute and Joshua Spurlin is a technician when they step on a wrestling mat. Both of them are now two-time state champions.

    Hey, whatever works, right?

    Rest assured that Spurlin isn’t averse to being physical, and Lawrence is well-versed in the finer aspects of the sport. But each rode his own strengths to state titles Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.

  • I-77 crash results in child's death

    Staff Report

    A child died after two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday.

    Trooper C.H. Campbell is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred Feb. 19 at 10:45 p.m., on I-77 at the 2-mile marker, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Two tractor-trailers traveling north on I-77 began changing lanes at the same time. During the course of changing lanes, the 1999 tractor-trailer struck the rear of the 2000 tractor-trailer.

  • General Assembly to honor CCHS girls softball team

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Cavalier girls’ varsity softball team has received several honors over the last two years, and will add another one on Tuesday.

    In 2015, the girls were undefeated with a 26-1 record and won the Virginia High School League Group 4A state championship. They followed up their dream season with a 22-1 record last year.