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Today's News

  • Cavs win Conference 24 title

    HILLSVILLE –– A quick survey of Carroll County’s softball players might reveal that very few of them know where either King George High School or Chancellor High is located.

    The Cavaliers won’t have to find out first-hand today.

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.

  • Grayson School Board to choose chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held Tuesday in the Independence Middle School library at 6 p.m.

    The meeting was rescheduled from June 1 due to conflicts with concurrent school sports events.

    One of the purposes is to elect a board chairman. The post has been vacant since former chairman Hobert Bailey resigned in April.

    The board will choose a chairman from among its members: Vice Chairman Shannon Holdaway, Fred Weatherman, Wynn Combs, Gary Burriss and Larry Bartlett.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

  • Student initiative targets bullying

    HILLSVILLE — The world is already a difficult place without the added pressure and stress that come with school bullying, and that is what a group of students intend to combat and prevent through a new initiative.

    The Carroll County Special Projects Organization, formed in January 2013, was organized to provide a resource to students who had suffered from bullying, or who wished to become an advocate against bullying.

  • School board accepts Chalfant's resignation

    UPDATE:

    This week's special called meeting of the school board has changed from Monday to Tuesday at 6 p.m., due to conflicts with school sporting events.

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – It took the Grayson County School Board less than five minutes to accept the resignation of Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant during a special called meeting on Monday.

  • Trail advocates to meet with forest service

    The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Trail Advocacy Coalition will meet with U.S. Department of Forestry officials this weekend for a workshop, as the citizen group tries to keep access trails open that allow horseback riders to reach trails at Mount Rogers.

    The group has been lobbying local governments, state representatives and federal officials to prevent the realignment of the recreation area’s trail system.

  • Haynes, Choate exchange vows

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Daniel Ray Choate and Lisa Marie Haynes were united in a private marriage ceremony in Las Vegas at the Chapel of Flowers.

    The bride is the daughter of David Hodges of Martinsville, Va., and Joyce Sanders of Knoxville, Tenn. She owns and operates Hashtag Clothing & More in Hillsville, Va.
    The groom is the son of Andy and Dora Leigh Choate of Galax, Va. He is employed by Wytheville Community College as assistant professor of construction technologies at Crossroads Institute.

  • Public record for 5/27/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Kenneth Straley Wagg Jr. of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.

  • 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.