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Today's News

  • Driver charged for DUI in school bus

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools substitute driver for summer faces two class 1 misdemeanor charges after allegedly operating a bus while drunk.
    Ricky Lee Phillips, 51, will no longer be a bus driver for Carroll schools after the June 14 incident, when Hillsville Police Department Patrolman Billy Anauo charged him with a first-offense driving of a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to Carroll court records.

  • Swimmers trying for record-breaking splash

    Dozens of swimmers participated in an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s largest swim lesson on June 18 at the Galax Recreation Center’s indoor pool.
    Beginning at 11 a.m., aquatics coordinator Trace Lumpkin led a class of 32 into the water for their lesson at the same time as other participating instructors in more than 700 locations around the world.
    The current Guinness World Record is held by Team WLSL (USA), which tallied 19,322 participants in 235 locations throughout the world on June 14, 2011.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/24/13

    Government lies
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take offense that the government is listening in on phone calls. This is an invasion of privacy. If the setup had been as the government said, then, they would have gotten the Boston bombers before they could hurt people. Our government lies. It’s a good thing their name is not Pinocchio, because we would have to pay for U-Hauls to haul them around in.

  • With winds calmed, a bright future for solar?

    It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that the future does not hold nine more months of discussion on a proposed tall structures ordinance by the Carroll County supervisors.
    That proposal filled the atmosphere with hot air for a long while after it became public knowledge that a wind energy farm was being considered for Stoots Mountain, near the Wythe-Carroll line.
    County officials developed the tall structures ordinance in answer to that alternative energy study.

  • Pursuit comes to 'shocking' conclusion

    HILLSVILLE — A man who allegedly ran from police after a domestic dispute ended up getting tasered by police in a Hickory Hills Shopping Center store on June 18, according to Hillsville Police Department Captain James Alderman.
    Hillsville police officers received a call reporting a domestic on Howlett Street at Westview Terrace Apartments, Alderman said.
    Sgt. Jason Hawks responded. When he arrived on the scene, a suspect named James Berlin Linville, 35, fled on foot towards the shopping center.

  • Money stolen from Peking Palace

    HILLSVILLE — Town police have asked for help from the public in solving a theft from Peking Palace on June 18.
    Hillsville Police Department Investigator Alan Gravley continues to look into the incident at the restaurant at 2664 Old Galax Pike, according to Captain James Alderman.
    “Apparently, the owner or the manager was distracted by individual or individuals and a bank deposit bag with an undisclosed amount of money and a wallet was taken,” Alderman reported. “The wallet was recovered over in Wytheville,” on Peppers Ferry Road.

  • Stadium work underway at GCHS

    INDEPENDENCE — Anyone who drives by the football field at Grayson County High School won’t have any trouble noticing all the grading work underway.
    Construction began the morning after graduation on June 1 by spraying the field with grass killer. Now, the old grass has been removed and the entire field will be sodded.

  • Suspected construction scammers arrested

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department has charged two North Carolina men with grand larceny by false pretenses after investigating a report by two elderly women that they had been the victims of a recent scam, according to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    On June 6, two men stopped at a residence in Hillsville and informed the two women that their roof was in desperate need of repair, the news release said.
    The two elderly women could not go outside and look at their roof and believed that the two men were telling the truth.

  • Man charged in I-77 tow truck driver fatality

    HILLSVILLE — Jesse Tang of Rural Hall, N.C., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a recent fatality that took place on Interstate 77.
    Russell Nelson, 75, owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville, was killed on May 25 while assisting a disabled vehicle on I-77.

  • Propane tank adds danger to Galax flooding

    Rain water ponded to three feet in Galax’s low-lying Bottom neighborhood after a heavy downpour on Tuesday, this time spilling over onto heavily traveled Meadow Street.
    The Galax Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to Givens Street that afternoon following a sudden rain storm that flooded the neighborhood. The water dislodged a propane tank from behind Southern States.
    The 50-gallon tank was leaking as it floated away towards homes on Givens Street.
    The tank was considered a hazard because of its potential to explode.