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Today's News

  • McAllister Mills expanding in Grayson County

    INDEPENDENCE — McAllister Mills Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, heat-resistant materials for the textile industry, will invest $1.05 million to expand and significantly increase its textile manufacturing operations in Grayson County, according to an announcement Wednesday from the governor’s office.

    The company will purchase and renovate a vacant 33,000-square-foot facility that will house new automation and equipment. The site is the former Parsons & Reeves building in Independence.

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  • Toney to challenge Gardner for sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Chris Toney of Galax has announced his desire to serve as Carroll County’s next sheriff, registering to run in the Nov. 3 general election as an independent candidate challenging incumbent Republican J.B. Gardner, who is seeking a second term.

    Toney made his announcement at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on March 14, which he noted was the 103rd anniversary of the infamous Allen trial and courthouse shootout.

  • School board approves $18.2M budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Citizens packed the room March 9 as the Grayson County School Board continued its discussion of where to make cuts to balance the budget – but most left with the same questions they had before the meeting.

    Facing more than $3.4 million in reductions for next year’s budget – mostly due to a continued drop in student enrollment – school board members have been looking everywhere to cut costs and save as many jobs as possible.

  • Father faces 2nd degree murder charge

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding were included in the 72 indictments the Carroll grand jury certified against 40 individuals on Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Included in the stack of indictments were two charges — including a second degree murder charge — against Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    WOODLAWN — A fire at 3790 Oak Lane left a resident without a home, though he was taken in by his grandchild, who lives next door, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler.

    HVFD, along with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, got the call a little after 1 a.m. on Monday. Hillsville was in charge while Galax provided support and assistance in controlling and cleaning up the fire, according to GVFD Capt.Mike Ayers.

  • Shinault registers to run for Grayson School Board

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A second candidate has filed to run in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County.

    Randy Shinault, who ran for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the 2011 election, has announced his candidacy to run for the Providence District seat on the board this year. Wynn Combs currently holds the seat, but she hasn’t announced her intentions.

  • Suspects plead guilty to school vandalism

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two Hillsville men charged in connection with vandalism at the former Woodlawn School last year pleaded guilty in Carroll County General District Court on March 13.

    Gregory Alan Bolen and Thomas John Frontiera, both 18, were both charged last December with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, destruction of property valued at $1,000 and trespassing on school property.

  • BBQ event brings in more than $20,000 for Delp family

    A roadside barbecue fundraiser quickly gained momentum last weekend, as the community gave nearly $20,000 in donations for the Delp family, who recently lost their home and three children to a house fire.

    “Today, God showed you what I’ve seen all week long. You gave from the heart,” said “Mountain Man” Hodges, one of the organizers of the March 14 event, in a Facebook post later that evening.

  • Health district issues rabies alert

    The Mount Rogers Health District has recently tested four potentially rabid animals.

    The district refused to disclose from which localities the animals were tested in order to “protect the privacy of the individuals involved and because there is no public health reason to do so.”

    The health district includes Carroll, Grayson, Wythe, Smyth, Bland and Washington counties and the cities of Galax and Bristol.