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Today's News

  • Bank robber convicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Clemmons, N.C., man charged with robbing the First Citizens Bank in Galax last January entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Carroll County Circuit Court for one count of robbery.
    William Smitherman, 20, was sentenced to 40 years, with all but seven years and six months suspended. He was given credit for time served while awaiting the trial and placed on active supervision for the time suspended.

  • Summer fun on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The first day of summer on the Blue Ridge Parkway was warm, extraordinarily sunny and quiet. Maybe a little too quiet.
    "When does the travel season begin?" wondered Debra Anker, a parkway visitor from Fredericksburg, whose family had stopped at a visitors’ center on their way home from North Carolina.
    "It's very quiet today. I don't mind having the road to ourselves."

  • Fresh from the farm

    HILLSVILLE — Three Carroll County farms have planted the seeds for community-supported agriculture, and now they hope to see the idea bear fruit — and vegetables — for all involved.
    Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a kind of a pact between farmers and customers to share the risk and the rewards.
    The customers pay for their produce at the beginning of the growing season and receive packages made up of the yields throughout the season.

  • Car overturns in creek, injuring four

    HILLSVILLE — A single-vehicle wreck on Silverleaf Road in Carroll last Thursday left four people injured.
    Two of the people injured were flown out to hospitals in Roanoke and Winston-Salem, N.C., after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to free the victims from the 1993 Ford Taurus station wagon that overturned into a creek, according to a Virginia State Police report.

  • Architect hired for Carroll school projects

    HILLSVILLE — To meet the timeline in the application process for a $26.7 million federal loan for Phase III school renovations, the Carroll County School Board approved an emergency procurement measure June 29.
    Carroll supervisors allowed educators to seek the stimulus funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for improvements to the high and intermediate schools. School officials needed to hire the architectural firm to meet the federal requirements, according to information provided at the school board's end-of-the-fiscal-year closeout meeting.

  • Hillsville cafe reopens as Irish pub

    HILLSVILLE — Irish coffee will be on the menu when Court Street Coffee relaunches later this month.
    Owners Mike and Barbara Gallaher had turned their attention to getting their steakhouse, Blue Agave at Interstate 77's Exit 14, off the ground since last October.
    They're taking time to change up the coffee shop before reopening, though, including having sisters Nancy Fogarty of Galax and Anne Stinson of Woodlawn manage the place.

  • Stix puts new twist on favorite foods

    HILLSVILLE — Owners of the Stix Eatery and Coffee Co. look to fill the contemporary country cuisine niche when it opens in July.
    The restaurant at 510 N. Main St. will seat 70.

  • 'Miracle' worker

    Teachers are known for dipping into their wallets and purses to pay for supplies for their classes. If construction paper or paintbrushes aren't in the school budget, they gladly sacrifice for the good of their students.
    But this year, the needs in the financially struggling Grayson County school system required more than some spare change — it brought about a change in the way the community looks at funding education.

  • Regularly Scheduled Meetings

    First Sunday

    • Al-Anon, Life Center of Galax, 8 p.m.

     

    First Monday

  • Public Record for 6/30/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers
    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 26-March 31 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: