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Today's News

  • Fall Wonders: Leaves hitting peak this week

    Every autumn, the scenery changes colors.

    The leaves of some trees always turn one color. For example, the black walnut turns yellow. Other species, such as sweetgum, turn different colors, even on the same tree.

    Sunny days and cool nights are key to fall leaf displays. Bright, sunny days and cool, but not freezing, nights are required for vivid autumn shows. If there is an early frost, the leaves are likely to turn brown and drop.

    Although botanists understand the mechanics of some of these changes, other parts remain a mystery.

  • Isom enters guilty plea to amended charge

    HILLSVILLE — As part of a plea agreement, Whitney Isom pleaded guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday, in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.

    Isom was charged by a direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in December 2013.

    According to the court website, Isom was scheduled for a jury trial in December.

  • Galax battles, Carroll prevails

    Galax had just been swept 3-0 at Carroll County back in mid-September when Maroon Tide coach Yerrick Stoneman said his young club didn’t need to be good then, it needed to be good in late October, and that he would get a good idea of his team’s progress when the two schools met again.

    That yardstick match came Monday. If playing four flip-a-coin sets is of any indication, the Tide is progressing nicely.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: October 12-18

     2009

    Grayson County scored twice on safeties in the first half, providing the difference in a 16-14 win over Galax. The win snapped the Blue Devils’ 17-game losing streak.

    Carroll County attempted one pass while rushing for 360 yards, including 183 by Dillon Caviness, in a 26-7 win at Abingdon.

    2004

  • WEEK 8 PRIMER

    Grayson County and Galax will both celebrate homecoming while Carroll County begins the second half of a four-game road swing tonight as the high school football season presses onward with its eighth week of action.

  • Galax scrambles for second

    ABINGDON –– After the opening round of the Group 1A state golf tournament Monday at Glenrochie Country Club, the big question was whether George Wythe, having played lights-out since August, could come back Tuesday and overcome a six-stroke deficit to first-day leader William Campbell.

    The Maroons couldn’t gobble up its six-stroke gap, but Galax certainly did.

  • Four injured in two-car crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident involving four individuals on Virginia 100 on Oct. 6.

    According to a police report filed by State Police Sgt. Mike Musser, who worked the accident, the department received at call at 11:15 a.m.

  • Unraveling health insurance enrollment

    Slick insurance packets in the mailbox and websites swimming with new numbers can mean only one thing:

    It’s open enrollment season for many people fortunate enough to have health insurance.

    Whether through Medicare, the Affordable Care Act marketplace or companies sending employers their latest offerings, consumers soon will be floating in a sea of questions.

  • Defendants plead guilty in federal drug cases

    ROANOKE — The U.S. District Court’s Western District Division in Roanoke heard two local cases in recent weeks, involving the distribution of methamphetamine.

    Nancy Ellen Snyder, 49, of Austinville, pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 to one count of conspiracy with the intent to distribute and one county of distributing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

    In addition, Luis Bradly Garza, 33, of Hillsville, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy with the intent to distribute and one count of distributing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on Oct. 1.

  • Leftover funds will pay for new equipment

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) has approved a plan to use contingency funds from the county’s current water and sewer projects to buy various pieces of equipment.

    The PSA held a public meeting, as a requirement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on Monday during the authority’s regularly scheduled meeting.