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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 12/4/17

    Where’s it coming from?
    About the front page article about Carroll County wanting to get four school buses, I think it is very poor management. I don’t buy anything if I don’t know where the money is coming from. They are going to pay $400,000-plus for buses, but then they said they didn’t know where the money is coming from. Why would you buy something if you don’t have the money or don’t know where it is coming from? Carroll County needs to wake up.

    Nice touch

  • Trial in deputy’s death set for April

    HILLSVILLE — A two-day jury trial has been set for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy earlier this year.

    Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll authorities in March when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow deputies’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the I-77/U.S 58 intersection. He died at the scene.

  • Date set for Fancy Gap vote recount

    HILLSVILLE — An official election recount for the Fancy Gap seat on the Carroll County School Board has been set for later this month.

    The election results were challenged by candidate Phillip Berrier, after incumbent Joey Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    A hearing about the recount was held Dec. 1, and the recount was set for Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. in the Carroll County Circuit Court’s law library.

  • Mailbox vandalism investigated

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging mailboxes in recent days.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said all areas of the county have been hit.

    The vandalism began during the night of Nov. 10, when boxes were hit in the area of Fairview, Fishers Gap, Edmonds Road and Fries.

  • Landfill will last another 40 years, authority reports

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors learned at its Nov. 14 meeting that the Carroll-Grayson-Galax Regional Solid Waste Authority is solid financially and the landfill should last for another 40 years.

    Sam Dickson, who represents Carroll on the authority, gave the supervisors an updated report for the site that’s located on Landfill Road in the county. He said the landfill has six cells and estimated the cost to build a new cell at between $3 million and $5 million.

  • The best resource to combat ‘fake news’

    You hardly know who to believe these days, when actual events can be very strange and comedians can imitate politicians so well you have to ask, “It that him, or someone pretending to be him?”

    There always seem to be experts who disagree on a given topic, and often, there’s no telling just how authentic an “expert” is.

  • Galax Paving, Inc.

    When people think about Galax football, one of the first things that comes to mind is the string of tailbacks the school has fielded, especially in recent seasons.

    In the past seven years, no fewer than 11 times has a Galax ballcarrier topped 1,000 yards. In four of those seasons the Maroon Tide had two backs with more than 1,000 yards each.

  • Tide hosts (un)familiar foe in semis

    Galax has advanced to the state semifinals for the third year in a row and for the fourth time in the past seven years. The previous three semifinals have been played against teams scattered over the central and eastern part of the state. This year’s foe is from just down the road.

  • Fatal stabbing charge sent to grand jury

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The first-degree murder case against a Roanoke woman will be heard by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on Dec. 11.

    Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 39, is charged with allegedly stabbing to death Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, of Roanoke, on June 22 at the Galax Motel.

    Clayton was found with multiple stab wounds on the floor of the motel’s Room 11 when police responded. Chapman was arrested at the scene.

  • Beasley will enter plea on attempted murder charge

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE – A Wythe County man charged with attempted capital murder of a Carroll County law enforcement officer and other crimes has a plea hearing set for February.

    Kevin Nelson Beasley, 27, of Austinville, was indicted by a Carroll grand jury in March, on multiple charges related to a September 2016 police chase and a three-day manhunt that spanned two counties.