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Today's News

  • Carroll seeks school funding alternative

     HILLSVILLE — Educators applied last Thursday for zero-interest bonds that, if approved, might be enough to pay for expansions of two Carroll schools — but not their renovations.

  • On The Ballot

     There are no local races on Tuesday's ballot, but voters have a choice to make in the 9th Congressional District, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The three-way race pits Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon), who has held the office for 28 years, against state Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), the state House Majority Leader and one of the most powerful Republicans in Virginia; and independent candidate Jeremiah Heaton, a country store owner from Damascus whose campaign is mostly self-funded.

  • Hodges Rides Again

     “You're listening to NightRide USA. Here to take you safely through the night,” radio host Bruce Hodges would announce on his radio show, formerly on 98.1 WBRF FM. 

    For the past eight years, between 11:06 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, listeners could call in to Hodges and request a song of inspiration and encouragement or share stories of distress and hope.

    The show is non-political, but patriotic. It's not religious, but spiritual. 

  • Maroon Tide hosts Bland County

      It seems pretty simple on the outside. Plug a kid into the runningback spot and presto, instant 100-yard rusher.

    Jordan Vaughan made a habit of topping 100 yards until being felled by a foot injury in Galax’s fifth game of the season. Enter Jacob Fisher, who had no carries before he rushed for 159 yards against Grayson County in his first outing as Vaughan’s replacement.

    Fisher injured a hand Friday at Covington, giving way to freshman Steven Peoples, who responded with 109 yards in his first true backfield action of the year.

  • Devils take slim hopes on road

     INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County is not in the driver’s seat. The Blue Devils are not even riding shotgun. But they’re still there, somewhere in the back seat, maybe even the trunk. But they’re still there.

    With two weeks left in the regular season, a lot of things need to happen for Grayson County to salvage a playoff spot. A great deal of those things are out of the Devils’ control. But not all of them.

  • Cavs seek end to Blues' streak

     HILLSVILLE –– The conversation about Richlands each October almost never varies.

    The topics shift one to the next with familiarity, from the impressive size of the line to the speed and ability of the skill guys, from the storied history of the program to the big-time recruits playing there.

    The only thing that changes year-to-year is the names, and even that isn’t changing this time around.

  • Carroll wins 19th straight

    HILLSVILLE –– Senior Night is usually a way to honor outgoing athletes before they play on their home floor for the final time. Wednesday, it was a mere technicality.

    The 12th-graders on Carroll County’s volleyball team will get in a few more spikes amid familiar surroundings before its all said and done as the Cavaliers locked up the Southwest District championship with a three-set win over Abingdon.

  • Drug charges filed in Carroll

      HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released these indictments, which had previously been sealed.

    It is common for the court to seal its paperwork until after the person named in the indictment has been served with warrants.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Named in these indictments were:

    • John Ray Sutphin — possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II drug, issued in June 2008.

    • Kenneth Dale Dalton — possession of meth

  • Hall pleads guilty to stealing from elderly patients

    ABINGDON — A former senior social worker for Grayson County has pleaded guilty to charges related to her participation in a variety of fraudulent acts devised to steal money from a pair of elderly patients formerly in her care.

    She faces up to 30 years in federal prison on three charges.

    Jennifer Edward Hall, 36, of Galax was indicted by a federal grand jury in July and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit access devise fraud, three counts of access device fraud and one count of bank fraud.

  • Missing man turns up safe

     HILLSVILLE — Plans to search for a missing man by air were grounded when the subject turned up at a residence in Laurel Fork on Wednesday.

    After about two days since Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane went missing, Carroll officials had planned to use a helicopter to recheck part of the county for the 82-year-old Laurel Fork resident, Sheriff Warren Manning said.

    The flyover was delayed by poor visibility and, in the meantime, Funderburke showed up at a home on Little Valley Road just before noon.