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Today's News

  • Churches celebrate King's legacy

    With a theme of “Expect a Miracle,” the message to the congregation was to keep on dreaming, as churches in the community united on Jan. 17 at Gospel Temple #2 in Galax to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Galax Vice Mayor Willie Greene told the congregation to use their freedom to be great.
    “Martin Luther King said it doesn't matter what job you get,” he said. “Get a job, and be the best you can be at it... We have the freedom to be great, and anything less is to be a slave again.

  • Carroll cuts farm tax in half

    HILLSVILLE — Planting the seeds of tax cuts for farmers, the Carroll supervisors talked Jan. 13 about doing away with a levy on agricultural equipment in its next budget year.
    Supervisor Andy Jackson brought up the idea for discussion near the end of an eventful January meeting, and his fellow board members felt they could phase the idea in.
    Farming has outlasted other industries that have come and gone, Jackson said. Farming has a continuing, and increasingly diversified, presence in Carroll.

  • Family loses home, belongings in fire

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County couple and their four children lost their home, a family pet, clothes and possessions in a Tuesday night fire.
    Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded at 9:55 p.m. to a fire at the home of Aaron and Samantha Davis on Wilson Highway.
    Nearly 20 firefighters were on the scene until around 3 a.m. Wednesday, an IVFD spokesman said.
    Tankers from Piney Creek, N.C., Fire Department and Rugby Volunteer Fire Department also responded. Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department was on standby.

  • Authority to wait on fluoride decision

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia/Carolina Water Authority agreed last week not to take any action concerning fluoride until the new recommended levels could be decided.
    A handout from Jerry Brooks of the People for a Cleaner Environment stated that the nation’s top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, had announced plans to lower the agency’s maximum recommended fluoride level from 1.2 milligrams per liter of water to 0.7.

  • Prisoner injured in holding cell fight

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County man who was making his first appearance last Monday in Grayson General District Court now faces another charge after he was allegedly involved in a fist fight with another prisoner.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Rodney Edward Black, was in a holding cell with other prisoners when he allegedly got into a fight with another prisoner. Vaughan did not identify the other prisoner, who was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax by the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad and received stitches for a head wound.

  • Wild about Wildwood

    HILLSVILLE — Securing a $3.8 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for the planned business and commerce park at Interstate 77 Exit 19 means there’s a lot of state representatives who are “wild about Wildwood,” Carroll officials indicated in reacting to the news at a Jan. 13 meeting.

  • County signs AmerLink settlement

    HILLSVILLE — In signing the final settlement with bankrupt AmerLink, some Carroll County officials wanted to celebrate with confetti, but none sounded more excited than the county attorney.
    AmerLink, in an economic development deal with Carroll, was supposed to create 200 jobs, but went down in bankruptcy after building a model home sales center and half a sawmill in the county.

  • Communities prepare hazardous weather response

    Better severe weather preparedness is on the radar for the Twin Counties, as Carroll, Grayson and Galax work to become "Storm Ready" communities.
    The three localities met with Phil Hysell, the National Weather Service's warning coordinating meteorologist from Blacksburg, on Dec. 28 to hear a presentation about the benefits of being Storm Ready.

  • Public record for 1/19/11 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 5-22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • He's two

    Hayden Thomas Blevins celebrated his second birthday Dec. 10 with a Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Party at Macado’s Restaurant with his family. He is the son of Jason and Alison Blevins of Ennice, N.C.

    His grandparents are Jim and Brenda Blevins of Ennice. N.C., and Ray and Nonnie Plummer of Troutdale.