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Today's News

  • Town listens to concerns about noisy truck brakes

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville citizen is asking the town council to put a stop to the use of compression release engine brakes.
    Patti Ashley approached Hillsville Town Council members during their April 22 meeting to make the request.
    “The use of these are not only very loud, but also are detrimental to the roads, structures and sidewalks,” said Ashley, who owns the Time Factory of Hillsville with her husband. “There are many communities in the United States that prohibit the use of compression braking within municipal limits.”

  • Fugitive in critical condition after being shot by deputies

    INDEPENDENCE — Police say that Randy Lee Anders had threatened to harm law enforcement officers if they tried to apprehend him, and vowed that “he would not be taken alive.”
    On Monday night, as Grayson County Sheriff’s Department deputies closed in on Anders while he hid in a basement room, police say the man drew a gun and appeared ready to back up that threat.

  • Thursday chase yields 10 charges so far

    HILLSVILLE - A Mount Airy, N.C., man faces two felony charges and eight traffic offenses after running from police in both Carroll County and in Surry County, N.C., Thursday.

    At about 1 p.m. Carroll Sgt. Bobby Lyons was traveling south bound U.S. 52 near the old tavern and observed a white BMW traveling north bound at a high rate of speed, according to Sheriff J.B Gardner. Lyons turned on the car, activated his emergency equipment and the BMW increased his speed in an effort to pull away.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on a variety of charges on April 26, including forgery, larceny, abduction, child abuse and drug possession.
    Jeffery Alan Brannock was charged with one count of statutory burglary, grand larceny, forgery, uttering a forged document and obtaining money by fraud. Specifically, he was charged with breaking and entering the home or property of Mary Brannock with the intent to commit larceny. He allegedly stole jewelry valued at more than $200 from Mary Brannock and Rachel Williams.

  • Charges against police chief dismissed

    BLAND — A charge of using profane language over a public airway was dismissed against Independence Police Chief James Wagoner on Wednesday following a short hearing in Bland County General District Court.
    Wagoner was charged March 15 with allegedly communicating a threat and using profanity to Investigator Doug Carner of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.
    Carner testified that on March 14, he was traveling on Interstate 77 in Bland County when he received a cell phone call from Wagoner.

  • HoustonFest 2013 Schedule

    A lineup of top bluegrass, old-time and country performers will play at this year’s HoustonFest, “A Celebration of Song and Service,” on May 3-4 at Felts Park in Galax.

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  • Natural gas safety precautions in place

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to hook up natural gas to its first customer, Carroll County held a meeting April 25 to impress on citizens the safety measures needed in case something goes wrong with the service in the future.
    Dennis Cole, who managed the gas line project for Carroll County, stressed that if anyone hears a roar of gas escaping the line or smells the odorizer that goes in with the gas to get out of the area and to call emergency officials.

  • Armed robbery suspects arrested

    Two suspects wanted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department have been arrested in Washington County.
    The suspects, Adam Franklin Ashby, 40, of Mockingbird Lane in Galax; and Alma K. Prescott, 29, of Radford; were wanted in connection with the alleged armed robbery at a residence in the Oldtown community near Galax.

  • Reward offered in missing person case

    The family of Desia Rae George is offering a $5,000 reward for solid information leading to George being found.

    If a person comes forward with that information, they will get the reward, no questions asked.

    Anyone with information that may help in this case is asked to contact the Carroll Sheriff¹s Department at (276) 728-4146.