Today's News

  • PSA to citizens: fluoride not a conspiracy

    HILLSVILLE – Two residents of the Cliffview community addressed the Carroll County Public Service Authority at its Feb. 14 meeting concerning the non-user fee for the public water system and putting fluoride in the water.

    One PSA member, a dentist, assured citizens that the additive, common in public water systems, is not a “conspiracy to poison the American people.”

    Judy Jones said she had an efficient and functioning well and did not sign up for the county water system, so she didn’t think it was fair to be charged a non-user fee.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments


    INDEPENDENCE – Several more sealed indictments have been opened after being handed down by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27 in Independence, including charges against a Galax man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Dwayne Wroten, 35, was indicted on two counts for rape of a child less than 13 years old; sodomy with a child less than 13 years old; and object sexual penetration.

  • TCRH would benefit from bill to aid rural hospitals

    Staff Report

    Virginia’s senators this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government and are able to remain open and functioning, especially in Virginia’s underserved and economically struggling regions.

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax is included on a list of hospitals that stand to benefit from the legislation.

  • Delegate gives update on training center amendment

    RICHMOND — The fate of a state budget amendment pertaining to the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County is now in the hands of House and Senate budget conferees.

    The amendment introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District) would prohibit the discharge of residents at the mental health facility if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

    The facility is slated to close next year, unless the state intervenes. It houses about 80 residents.

  • Cavs fall in region semis

    By Jason S. Rufner, Special to The Gazette


    LEESBURG –– With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Region 4A West girls’ basketball semifinal Thursday, Carroll County trailed Loudoun County by a mere four points. It was a quick pair of Keely Lundy 3-pointers that put the Cavaliers (21-3) within late striking distance of the homestanding Raiders (24-2), whom Carroll had defeated 59-54 in Hillsville in the same round of last year’s region tourney.

  • Readers Hotline 2/22/17

    Prayers won’t work

  • County asked to help preserve Allen House


    HILLSVILLE – Three members of the Carroll County Historical Society attended last Monday week’s Board of Supervisors meeting with two missions – to give a report on the renovation of the Sidna Allen Home at Fancy Gap and to ask for short-term funds to continue the renovation project.

    John Carpenter told the supervisors that the renovation was going well, but it will take a lot of time and money to finish the project and restore the home to its original condition.

  • Hillsville rally protests travel ban

    HILLSVILLE — About 50 people showed up for the Hillsville Rally for Humanity on Sunday, which attracted media, like-minded passers-by and a few counter-protestors.

    Several protestors carried signs – no larger than one person could carry, as organizer Samantha Castor was told by the town government – and all were cheerful and ready for positive action, as indicated when asked why they had chosen to participate.

  • Public record for 2/22/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Pot activist gets new court date in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man charged with marijuana possession, who staged a protest in front of the Carroll County courthouse in December, was in court again Feb. 17.

    Carroll County General District Court Judge Edward M. Turner issued a continuance for the trial of Keith Leo Olson of Davison, Mich. His trial for possession of marijuana is now set for July 28.