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  • Deputy was 'real-life superhero' to kids

    HILLSVILLE – Teachers and students at Hillsville Elementary School have placed a memorial to fallen Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett just inside the main entrance to the school, featuring photos and items to remind them of their former school resource officer.

    According to Principal Samantha Reed, the memorial was put together as a way for the students to help deal with the loss.

  • Public record for 3/15/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September of 2016 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • More details about chase that resulted in fatality

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has released more details about a police chase that resulted in the death of Deputy Curtis Bartlett on March 9.

    Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit of a suspect who fled from deputies when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

    The pursuit to which Bartlett was responding began at approximately 9:50 p.m.

  • Funeral arrangement set for Deputy Bartlett

    The funeral for Deputy Curtis Bartlett will be held Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Galax at 2 p.m., and visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. at the church.

    Bartlett died on duty March 9 while responding to a pursuit, when his police cruiser hit a tractor-trailer.

  • Local student will study in Romania

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Alexandra Largen, daughter of Melissa and Nathan Largen, is a young woman with far to go and a whole lot of folks cheering her on.

    That cheering section includes many friends and mentors, and most enthusiastically, her parents, sisters and grandmother. A place she will visit very soon is Bucharest, the capitol city of Romania, a country of the European Union located in southeastern Europe.

  • Buses, capital improvements among school needs

    INDEPENDENCE — Now that the state’s final budget for the year has been approved by the General Assembly, Grayson County Public Schools officials are crunching the numbers in their own spending plan in the hopes of funding capital improvement projects over the next year, and providing a 1 percent raise for staff.

  • Readers Hotline 3/13/17

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  • Wreck causes chain reaction crashes on I-77

    A wreck on Interstate 77 in Wythe County caused traffic backups early last Thursday morning, which resulted in two subsequent crashes in Carroll County.

    According to reports from the Virginia State Police, a wreck occurred in Wythe County in the northbound lanes of I-77 sometime before 7:30 a.m. On March 9. Officials in Carroll County were then notified of two accidents that occurred in the traffic backup from the original wreck.

  • Survey examines seniors' needs

    Economic concerns dominated responses to a survey of senior citizen needs conducted by District Three Governmental Cooperative in February.

    However, many of the seniors gave positive responses about quality of life and family support systems.

    A total of 198 responses were received from senior citizen program participants, caregivers, service providers, agency staff, public officials, and others with an interest in aging issues.

  • Keepers' trial will be delayed

    Staff Report

    BLACKSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, 20, of Laurel, Md., accused in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, has been postponed.

    Originally, it was scheduled for March 27. No new date has been set.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and concealing a body. Lovell’s body was found beside Route 89, just south of Galax, a few days after her disappearance in January 2016.