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Today's News

  • Man accused of school shooting threat made stop in Hillsville

    Local law enforcement remains on even greater alert after a man who allegedly expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting was followed to Hillsville Elementary School on March 22.

    Matthew Recoy Saavedra, 20, of King, N.C., a student at UNC Charlotte, has been sighted in several local Virginia counties after being released on bond, following an earlier incident in North Carolina.

  • Local churches unite for Easter play

    UPDATE: The March 24 performance has been cancelled due to snow. A decision about the March 25 performance will be made Sunday.

    Rehearsal for “Believe,” the Easter musical hosted by First Baptist Church of Galax, is rolling right along: Pontius Pilate (aka Pastor Sam Bartlett) is onstage wearing a stately toga with sneakers, the disciples are hanging out and chatting in the pews and tech crew members are running around talking into headsets and adjusting equipment.

  • Man charged with assaulting teen

    HILLSVILLE – An investigation concerning a possible incident of sexual abuse in the Town of Hillsville led to the arrest of a town resident on Feb. 7.

    Investigator Stephen Brady of the Hillsville Police Department was contacted on Jan 6, just over a month before the arrest with information containing details of the offense, according to a police report.

    During a preliminary investigation, Brady determined that the case involved a 17-year-old juvenile with mental disabilities, with the primary suspect a family member’s boyfriend.

  • Hillsville could raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville plans to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent by 2019, in an effort to make the utilities self-sufficient and shore up the town’s finances.

    Hillsville Town Council discussed budgeting options at a March 19 meeting on the proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

    Main concerns include the continued depletion of the town’s general fund, and a financial report indicated direct causation to be an internal loss of revenue from the town’s enterprise fund for water and wastewater services.

  • Lawson retiring as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE —Nearly three years after returning to the school system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.

    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson said she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.

  • Public record for 3/21/18 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 November of 2017, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/21/18

    Taxpayers’ money
    I was just wondering how much of the taxpayers’ money was used by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to publish all the delinquent tax names and the amounts owed. I think they should have used that money to help clear it up, especially for some of the seniors and some of the people who aren’t able to find jobs and work. Thank you so much and I hope Carroll County Supervisors have a lovely day.

  • United Way honors Sutherland, local industries

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – During its annual awards on March 15, United Way recognized Brenda Sutherland of Grayson County as its 2017 “Woman of Distinction,” and presented honors to Mohawk Industries, Vanguard Furniture and Food City.

  • Carroll discusses land use

    HILLSVILLE – Land ordinances, road building policies and potential zoning plans were up for discussion at the Carroll County Planning Commission’s March 15 meeting.

    Commission members discussed the idea of agricultural preservation and examined circumstances set forth under the comprehensive plan; as well as guidelines defined under the county’s subdivision ordinance.

  • Pair charged with neglect, malicious wounding

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Two local residents have been charged by Hillsville Police Department (HPD) after officers concluded an investigation last week regarding harm to a juvenile.