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Today's News

  • Grayson students to receive free laptops

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will roll out its digital conversion this week, as the pilot program kicks off at four division schools.

    Speaking about the new initiative – which will put laptop computers in the hands of students in various grade levels throughout the county – Division Superintendent Kevin Chalfant said everything is moving ahead as planned.

  • Carroll man charged with grocery robbery

    HENRY COUNTY — A Hillsville man has been charged with robbery after an incident at Read’s Grocery in Spencer on Aug. 10.

    According to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a white male entered the grocery that day at 4:30 p.m, and demanded that the clerk give him the money from the cash register.

  • Williams' death opens up dialogue about depression

    The world lost an extraordinary talent on Aug. 11, a comic genius whose wit, insight and ability to connect transcended generations and genres both high and low, serious and comic.

    Robin Williams taught us much about ourselves and our culture: As Mork, a goofy alien sent from the planet Ork to learn about human behavior; as an irreverent deejay questioning the Vietnam War; and as a divorced father who disguised himself as an elderly housekeeper so he could see his kids.

    His death may carry still another lesson, one about the devastating costs of mental illness.

  • Largin named citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Ann Largin was chosen to receive Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award for the month of August.

    Vice Mayor Ed Terry presented Largin with the award during council’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    Largin has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993, and has served as chairwoman since 1996.

    Ann retired from a teaching career that spanned 28 years — 26 at Carroll County Public Schools, three at Sylvatus and 23 at what is now Carroll County Middle School as a math and science teacher.

  • Carroll fair begins Aug. 20

    HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Aug. 20 and continues through Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.  
    Registration for exhibits will be Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with judging to follow.
    The fair will provide a variety of events for the entire family.
    Brinkley Entertainment from Walnut Cove, N.C., will provide carnival rides and shows during the fair.

  • Carroll PSA hears concerns, updates on utility projects

    HILLSVILLE — A Commonwealth Road resident brought concerns about fire protection and insurance to the Carroll County Public Service Authority’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    The PSA also received updates on various utility projects and heard a complaint about how it handled a news release about winning an appeal in a dispute over federal funding used for a water project.

    J.D. Smith explained that he had been a Carroll County resident since 2002, living on Commonwealth Road in the Woodlawn area.

  • Galax sets hearing on proposed school site

    The Galax School Board on Aug. 12 voted to approve entering into a contract to purchase property on Kipling Lane, the proposed site for building a new elementary school.

    The board has spent several months planning the project and discussing the property purchase with Galax City Council and the city’s planning commission.

  • Bassett, Macy to appear on C-SPAN2 Sunday

    John Bassett, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company in Galax, and author Beth Macy will appear on C-SPAN2 this Sunday night, Aug. 17, to discuss Macy’s book, “Factory Man.”

    The 90-minute show is part of the C-SPAN2 series “Booknotes” and will run from 10-11:30 p.m.

    The network sent cameras last week to a book discussion held at St Johns Episcopal Church in Roanoke, which featured Macy and Bassett, the book’s main subject. About 300 people attended the event.

  • Prisoner recaptured after escape attempt

    HILLSVILLE - A Hillsville man received additional charges after fleeing police custody while being served a warrant at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Aug. 8.

    Arless Lynn Dalton Jr., 34, was being served a warrant for a felony shoplifting charge on Friday, when he ducked under a garage door at the sheriff’s office in an attempt to flee from custody, according to Hillsville Interim Chief Wesley Yonce.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/13/14

    Leadership absent
    What if we took away all the politics — Democrat and Republican — and just looked at it like someone from another country. We have no leadership. We have things going on that nobody wants to try to solve. You just want to fight and bicker. How about just using some good ole common sense.

    Taxation ideas