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Today's News

  • Public record for 12/5/12 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Drugs, guns cash seized in traffic stop

    WHITETOP — Grayson County deputies recently arrested Christopher Allen Riffey, 34, of Abingdon on several drug charges.

  • Carroll tree to decorate state capitol

    AUSTINVILLE — Virginia Department of Forestry workers harvested the Virginia Capitol’s Christmas tree off Coulson Church Road on Monday, which means it will be the second time this Colorado blue spruce will take a holiday turn.
    The tree’s donors let the foresters know this tree helped a family celebrate the holiday in a past Christmas.

  • Police arrest suspect in bank robbery

    A traffic stop in Galax resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for bank robbery in Puerto Rico.
    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer Drew Burnett conducted a traffic stop at 12:48 p.m. on Nov. 30 on East Stuart Drive at Woodview Drive.
    During the stop, a passenger in that vehicle, Bruno Feliz Rivas, 31, of Allen Lane in Galax, was checked through the National Crime Information Center computer system.

  • Carroll IDA buys KDH buildings

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s Industrial Development Authority approved a motion to buy two former Kentucky Derby Hosiery buildings at its Monday meeting.
    International textile company Gildan, after buying Kentucky Derby Hosiery’s assets, closed many of its American plants, including those in Hillsville, by 2008.
    The last offer made by the Carroll IDA on the KDH buildings was $1.6 million, but the authority approved a purchase price of $1.2 million at Monday’s meeting.

  • DEA warns of extortion scam

    The Drug Enforcement Administration continues to warn the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel.
    “This criminal activity continues to occur, despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme,” the agency said in a press release last week.
    DEA offices nationwide regularly receive telephone calls from concerned citizens who are the victims of this extortion effort.

  • Chase leads to multiple charges

    Oliver C. King, 18, of Mount Airy, N.C., faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on Nov. 21, according to a police report.
    King was pulled over on Jefferson Street for a traffic violation by Officer Drew Burnett.
    King reportedly fled the scene as Burnett was returning to his patrol car.

  • Deputy honored for rescue

    On his birthday, a Fries firefighter made sure another man lived to see another year.

  • Galax makes gains in tourism

    Much of Galax City Council’s Nov. 26 meeting was spent examining ways Galax has improved economically and in tourism over the last several years. Tourism Director Ray Kohl reported that the city has been awarded two plaques at recent conferences and that more tourism opportunities in Galax are on the horizon.

  • Wind energy important to county's future

    By Erica Largen of Dugspur and Lauren Peery of Laurel Fork