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Today's News

  • Father faces 2nd degree murder charge

    HILLSVILLE — Charges of murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding were included in the 72 indictments the Carroll grand jury certified against 40 individuals on Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Included in the stack of indictments were two charges — including a second degree murder charge — against Christopher Dean Woolwine of Christiansburg.

  • Woodlawn fire destroys home

    WOODLAWN — A fire at 3790 Oak Lane left a resident without a home, though he was taken in by his grandchild, who lives next door, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department Unit 1 Chief Donnie Spangler.

    HVFD, along with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, got the call a little after 1 a.m. on Monday. Hillsville was in charge while Galax provided support and assistance in controlling and cleaning up the fire, according to GVFD Capt.Mike Ayers.

  • Shinault registers to run for Grayson School Board

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A second candidate has filed to run in the Nov. 3 general election in Grayson County.

    Randy Shinault, who ran for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board in the 2011 election, has announced his candidacy to run for the Providence District seat on the board this year. Wynn Combs currently holds the seat, but she hasn’t announced her intentions.

  • Suspects plead guilty to school vandalism

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Two Hillsville men charged in connection with vandalism at the former Woodlawn School last year pleaded guilty in Carroll County General District Court on March 13.

    Gregory Alan Bolen and Thomas John Frontiera, both 18, were both charged last December with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, destruction of property valued at $1,000 and trespassing on school property.

  • BBQ event brings in more than $20,000 for Delp family

    A roadside barbecue fundraiser quickly gained momentum last weekend, as the community gave nearly $20,000 in donations for the Delp family, who recently lost their home and three children to a house fire.

    “Today, God showed you what I’ve seen all week long. You gave from the heart,” said “Mountain Man” Hodges, one of the organizers of the March 14 event, in a Facebook post later that evening.

  • Health district issues rabies alert

    The Mount Rogers Health District has recently tested four potentially rabid animals.

    The district refused to disclose from which localities the animals were tested in order to “protect the privacy of the individuals involved and because there is no public health reason to do so.”

    The health district includes Carroll, Grayson, Wythe, Smyth, Bland and Washington counties and the cities of Galax and Bristol.

  • Meadow Street closed for storm drain repairs

    Storm drainage repairs begin this week on Meadow Street (the truck route) at Shaw Street, near Southern States and CVS Pharmacy in Galax.

    The closure will probably last for two weeks, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Businesses in that area will be open during the repair project and are accessible via Givens Street. CVS is accessible via East Stuart Drive.

    The road will be closed to through traffic between the Grayson Street and Shaw Street intersections, but there will still be access to the businesses in the affected area.

  • Readers Hotline 3/16/15

    Touched by response
    To the first responders, the EMS people, the doctors and nurses. I think you are all heroes in the wake of the fire affecting the Delp family. I am proud to live in this community and I fully appreciate every one of them. Thank you and God bless.

    Moved by words

  • Herrington seeking re-election as court clerk

    INDEPENDENCE — Susan M. Herrington has announced that she will seek the Republican nomination for re-election to the office of clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Her career in the clerk’s office started in 1982, under then-clerk Robert M. Morton Jr., as an accounting clerk and microfilm technician.

    Upon Morton’s retirement, she continued in the office after Charles Sturgill became clerk in 1991.

  • Carroll schools could cut positions

    HILLSVILLE — Due to a decline in student enrollment and a lack of state funding, the Carroll County School Board will be forced this year to consider cutting 13 to 15 staff positions within the school system for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget.