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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 1/14/13

    Lock guns away

  • Carroll circuit court unseals charges

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been sealed after the grand jury met.
    It is common practice for courts to seal indictments until the person named can be served with warrants.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Charged were:
    • Matthew Shane Crouse — taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15 (two counts)
    • Gary Alan Newman — distribution of marijuana (two counts)

  • Virginians have mixed views on gun laws

    Nearly half of Virginia voters favor stricter state gun laws and two-thirds support putting armed police officers in public schools, according to a new statewide poll released last week.
    In the Quinnipiac University survey, a majority of registered voters voiced support for national bans on assault weapons and sales of high-capacity magazines. But 50 percent of voters believe gun ownership helps protect people from crime.

  • New chief plans changes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — There’s one main idea that Chief Greg Bolen wants to enforce about the Hillsville Police Department — that it’s a part of the community.
    In the coming months, the department will have more police walking the beat, bike patrols will return to the streets, officers will assist with keeping school zones safe and the agency will launch a Facebook page. The goal of these programs is grounding policing and public safety efforts in the community.
    It all goes back to the fact that the department exists to serve, Bolen said.

  • Besieged By Buzzards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Groups of black silhouettes circle the air over the hospital and hover around local businesses and residences, roosting in trees and giving some people the creeps.
    During the winter months, scavenger bird sightings in the Twin County area have become more common. As vultures and buzzards settle in for their long winter’s nap, the community is not feeling quite as comfortable.

  • Some pets returned to owner in animal abuse case

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The court reached a decision on Dec. 3 regarding Michelle Cole of Galax, who faced a total of 46 charges related to animal abuse, according to court records.
    Charges were filed after Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant responded to a complaint on Sept. 28, 2012, from the owner of a rental property on Academy Drive.

  • Carroll schools aren't cool

    HILLSVILLE — If there’s a single issue getting Carroll schools leaders hot under the collar about the phase III construction projects, it’s misfiring heating and cooling units at the intermediate school.
    Architect Randy Baker reported to the Carroll School Board last Monday that, during a visit to CCIS earlier in the day, he found one room hovering at 91 degrees.
    “It’s pretty warm, so something’s just not correct,” Baker said.

  • Educators eager to show off school renovations

    HILLSVILLE — As construction on Carroll high and intermediate schools wraps up, educators look forward to inviting the public in to see the upgrades.
    Most of the contractor’s trucks have moved on to other projects as the workers’ to-do list has shrunk to things like pouring the terrazzo floors in the entranceway at the high school and digging a retention pond at the intermediate school, along with other various odds and ends, said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.

  • A look back at 2012 in Carroll County

    Sam Dickson is chairman of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors

  • Cavs win, Devils fall to Floyd at Harman Classic

    FLOYD –– Carroll County built a 15-point lead by halftime and went on to defeat defending Division 3 state champion Christiansburg 59-50 Saturday in the Chance Harman Classic at Floyd County High School.

    The Cavaliers (11-0) bolted to a 20-7 lead after one quarter and took a 34-19 lead into halftime.

    Ryan Gravley scored 17 points to lead Carroll County, Cody Keith had 12 points and Connor Lundy added 10 points. Christiansburg (2-9) was paced by 19 points from Joey Augustin.