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Today's News

  • Senate OKs Internet sales tax bill

    The U.S. Senate approved legislation Monday that would require large online retailers to collect state sales taxes, a welcome development for traditional merchants and Virginia leaders who are counting on the extra revenue.
    The Senate passed the bill 69-27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike.

  • McGrady wins Democratic nod in 6th District race

    HILLSVILLE — Jonathan Lee McGrady officially won the Democratic Party nomination this week to run for the 6th District House of Delegates seat this fall.
    The Carroll County attorney and tree farmer hopes to succeed Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville), who is retiring. He was unopposed in his bid for the nomination.
    McGrady, 43, has practiced law with his father, Joe McGrady, in his hometown of Hillsville since graduating from William & Mary in 1995.

  • Natural gas to flow soon in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — The new natural gas pipeline manager and utility specialist made his second appearance before the Carroll Industrial Development Authority on his first day on the job May 6.
    The first occasion that Earl Hagee spoke to the IDA occurred back in the fall when he was still an employee of MasTec, the company that won the contract to install the pipeline to serve Mohawk as a job retention effort.

  • Howard awaiting murder trial in N.C.

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Nearly a year after Sonny Lee Howard was arrested in Galax with his wife’s body in the back of his truck, the North Carolina man is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder.
    Howard, 43, was stopped by Galax police in the city on May 23, 2012, after Wake County, N.C., authorities issued an alert that Howard was a suspect in the death of his wife, Sherry Lee Howard, 50.
    According to a search warrant, Howard told the Galax officers that he had killed his wife.

  • North Carolina authorities find, arrest Jones

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Picked up by police coming out of a pawn shop in Asheboro, the suspect in an April 29 bank robbery in Ramseur and the last known person to see a missing Fries, Va., woman remains in custody.
    The apprehension of Matthew Steven Jones, 34, came after a quick-thinking worker at Garner Brothers Pawn Shop on North Fayetteville Street notified local authorities, according to reports from the Asheboro Courier-Tribune newspaper.

  • Livestock team to represent state at national 4-H event

    HILLSVILLE — The first representatives from Virginia going to nationals from the livestock quiz bowl are members of the Carroll County 4-H Club.
    With their knowledge tested about pigs, sheep, goats and cattle in the state quiz bowl while facing teams from clubs in Montgomery and Augusta counties, the Carroll team came out on top, according to coaches Tammy Vass and Kay Williams.
    “We are the first team in the state to go to this contest,” Vass told The Gazette. “Also, we are representing the state of Virginia.”

  • Readers' Hotline 5/8/13

    Prison level?
    Regarding the person who wanted to know what the security level of the new Grayson prison is, at the open house, we were told it was level four.
    Editor’s note: According to the Ben Wright, warden of the River North Correctional Center, meetings are still being held and the exact level has not been determined. The facility has always been characterized as a medium-security prison. We are waiting to hear directly from the Virginia Department of Corrections regarding your question.

  • Fries to hold pet owners responsible for animal antics

    FRIES — While a dog barked somewhere outside the meeting, as if in protest, Fries Town Council at its April meeting took action on an ordinance to address animal noises and other responsibilities of pet owners.
    Council members had heard concerns from citizens for some time about noise from barking dogs.

  • Program saves prisoners' lives, county's money

    INDEPENDENCE – Three years ago, Grayson County took the chance on a new alternative sentencing program that very few localities had tried. Today, the Day Report Center has provided the county a net savings of $149,000 and rising.
    Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard remembers when a representative from Giles County came and spoke to Grayson officials about a Day Report Program, designed to keep non-violent offenders out of jail and help rehabilitate them into productive citizens.

  • Reid pleads guilty in officer assault

    HILLSVILLE — A 52-year-old Floyd County man indicted for attempted capital murder of a Carroll deputy pleaded guilty to two felony assault and battery charges in circuit court Monday.