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Today's News

  • Supervisors to interview administrator candidates

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will continue its December meeting in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.; and Dec. 21 at noon.

    The board will convene in closed session on both dates to conduct interviews for the position of county administrator.

  • McCraw won't seek re-election due to health

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Fancy Gap District Supervisor Phil McCraw made a surprise announcement at Monday night’s Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting when he said he would not seek re-election.

    McCraw, who was elected in 2012, said he is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and, because of his health issues, would not seek re-election next year.

  • Hope House wants to buy women's shelter

    The Galax Hope House, having purchased its own main facility for homeless men, now turns its sights to its other project — a women’s shelter, with a pricetag of $30,000.

    Word of the shelter’s existence has been by necessity somewhat muted. Hope House keeps its location unmentioned, as so often women in need of its services also need a safe, secluded harbor from abusive partners or family who may be trying to locate them.

  • Suspect charged for fire threat

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested in the case of a suspicious fire on Greenville Road, according to Chief Deputy David Ashby of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

    The fire was reported on Dec. 8 at around 2:40 a.m.

    Roby Long, 23, of Independence, was arrested the following day at a residence on Hilltop Drive in Independence by two Virginia State Police special agents and a trooper.

  • Driver injured, airlifted after Carroll crash

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WOODLAWN – A Hillsville man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday morning on U.S. 58 near Harmon’s.

    According to a report by Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Kevin Warsinsky of the Galax area office, Alvin Collette, 50, of Hillsville, was traveling east on 58 in a 2011 Kia Sorento when his vehicle collided with a 2005 Nissan Sentra driven by Martha Rivera-Sanchez, 40, of Galax.

  • Readers Hotline 12/14/16

    Big buddies?
    Well, the Democrats pulled one over on the Republicans this time. Got another Democrat elected as president. Everybody knows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are big buddies. That’s really pulled one over. They are in business with some of the same companies. When have you ever heard of having a porno president that talks filthy, jokes filthy, cusses and all these churches voted for him? Fellow told me, “you are crazy. They ain’t churches, they are clubs.” I guess maybe he was right.

  • 3 charged with drug violations

    Staff Reports

    Three people were arrested Dec. 5 on drug charges in the city, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    “Galax police, acting on a request from Grayson Sheriffs Office, went to a home located in the city to attempt service on a felony warrant from Grayson, said Chief Rick Clark. “Based on their observations, the Galax officers arrested the three after discovering methamphetamine and cocaine in the house, along with assorted drug paraphernalia.”

  • Carroll citizens can appeal property reassessments

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – Citizens of Carroll County should have received reassessment notices on property for the 2017 tax year. Those wishing to appeal their reassessments now have the opportunity.

    According to a press release from Michael Colavecchio with Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group Ltd., the group contracted by the county to perform the reassessment, notices were mailed the week of Nov. 28 to all Carroll County property owners. The reassessment will affect taxes paid starting in December 2017.

  • Donated toys bring Carroll kids joy

    By SARA BLANKENSHIP & LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Students at Carroll County High School helped to make Christmas a little brighter for children in need.

    Through a collaboration with the Carroll Christmas Fund, students set up donation boxes throughout the county’s schools to collect donated toys.

  • Ayers named teacher of the year

    CANA – Leesa Moxley Ayers, the 2016 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, was surprised in her second grade classroom at St. Paul School on Dec. 8.

    Ayers, who was understandably confused when a group of school board members and school staff showed up at her classroom that afternoon, was overjoyed and excited to receive the honor.

    “Oh my gosh, oh thank you, oh my goodness,” were the sentiments Ayers kept repeating as Carroll County Schools Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship presented her with flowers and the award.