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  • Readers' Hotline 7/14/14

    Vacated
    I have a question for Mayor Crowder and the Town of Hillsville. Why did Greg Bolen get two more weeks of vacation when he resigned, when he has already used his vacation for this year and several years to come?
    Editor’s Note: Town officials confirmed the day after he resigned that Bolen had saved up a little over two weeks of vacation time. This is not an uncommon practice, since vacation time usually must be either taken or reimbursed if it isn’t used. No more calls on this matter, please.

  • Carroll officials plan economic development announcement

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and several guests will share an economic development announcement at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Tuesday.
    According to a press release, the announcement will take place in the board of supervisors meeting room on the second floor at 10 a.m.
    County officials gave no hint as to what the announcement might involve.

  • 'Factory Man' a tale of furniture exec's fight

    By RALPH BERRIER JR.
    Copyright 2014, The Roanoke Times
    Reprinted with permission

    Growing up in the blue-collar town of Urbana, Ohio, Beth Macy knew lots of factory men and women.
    Her mother soldered lights in an airplane factory and watched other people’s kids while the parents worked manufacturing jobs. This was back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one could feed and clothe a family on factory wages and could afford to send children to college with a little financial aid from Uncle Sam.

  • Leaving child in hot car can be deadly

    As temperatures climb during the summer and early fall months, stories of children dying in cars from heat stroke are cropping up in areas all over the country.

    So far this year, according to kidsandcars.org, 16 children nationwide have suffered heat-related deaths after being left in the car, which experts say is less than half of the typical yearly average.

  • P.U.S.H.-ed to Conviction

    “It just happened in 2007. I was drunk, intoxicated, high. I walked into a gas station convenience store. It was in Florida. I walked behind the counter. The clerk thought I was trying to rob the place.”

    The teller of this particular tale is a 36-year-old former convict, explaining when he hit bottom.

  • Cooley named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Greg Crowder presented the Town of Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award to Raleigh Minor Cooley at the June 23 meeting.

    Although Cooley was unavailable to attend the meeting that evening due to health reasons, Crowder took a moment to summarize Cooley’s accomplishments to those in attendance.

    Cooley graduated from Hillsville High School in 1941, and worked and paid his way through William & Mary College. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in April, 1943, and served for almost three years aboard the U.S.S. Halford.

  • F.A.S.T. Camp set for this weekend

    The Galax High School football program will host a F.A.S.T. Camp on July 11-12.

    F.A.S.T. is a group of former collegiate and professional football players and other athletes dedicated to developing the physical and mental skills of young athletes. The group has helped produce some top high school athletes through focusing on Fitness, Agility, Strength and Technique.

  • Public record for 7/9/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 13-24 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Two arrested in Fancy Gap for drug, weapons violations

    HILLSVILLE — Two people were arrested in Fancy Gap on June 25, on drug and weapons charges.

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force received information from the New River Valley Drug Task Force on June 25, and executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community, according to a report from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized from the location, according to his report.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/9/14

    Running a tab
    Concerning the $30,000 owed for school meals, when Carroll County teachers don’t pay for their own kids’ meals and run an outstanding balance, why do they expect anybody else to pay?

    Losing appeal