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Today's News

  • Rooftop Craft Shop reopens

    As sales slowed and fewer customers trickled in, Rooftop of Virginia management came close to shutting down its craft shop.
    But when a new committee took on the job of creating a business plan, the craft shop reopened last month after being closed for six months.
    Rooftop’s craft shop, which opened more than 40 years ago, will be returning to its original vision — to give people in the community the opportunity to display and sell their made-from-scratch items.

  • AAA warns: hot cars kill

    As oppressive heat continues to envelop Virginia, motorists are reminded of the real dangers of leaving children, the elderly, pets or any living being that cannot help itself unattended in a car for any amount of time.
    “Think of your car just like your kitchen oven, where temperatures rise very quickly,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association.

  • Family Dollar store planned for Cana

    HILLSVILLE — Plans for construction of a new 8,000-square-foot Family Dollar store have been submitted to the Carroll County building official’s office.
    The plans call for the store to be located on U.S. 52 in the Cana area in a vacant lot near Stateline Furniture.
    The review of the plans continues, with the erosion and sediment control plan being the last item needing to be approved.

  • Body could be tied to Hawks homicide case

    LAMBSBURG — A body found at the bottom of a Carroll County well could be connected to a murder case in Alleghany County, N.C.
    Three people are charged with the kidnapping and killing of Michael Thomas Hawks, but they have yet to go to trial and the victim’s body has been missing since 2010.
    After days of digging to reach the bottom of the 50-foot shaft in the Lambsburg community, police found human remains on Monday morning. They were led to the spot by a tip from a suspect, said Alleghany County Sheriff David “Squeak” Edwards.

  • Test changes drive down math scores

    HILLSVILLE — Changes to the Standards of Learning math test drove spring pass rates down, but the Carroll schools’ testing czar believes the scores will rise again.
    Beverly Parker reported on the spring preliminary SOL testing results at the July 10 school board meeting.

  • Bridge is part of new Hillsville walking trail

    HILLSVILLE — Two recent actions have started educators down the path of building a new walking trail at the Carroll County Schools Farm next to Hillsville Elementary School.
    The New River Highlands Resource, Conservation and Development Council, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Carroll schools’ agriculture teachers and students recently installed a small stream crossing bridge at the site that will become part of the recreational trail.

  • Independence interviews seven town manager candidates

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has begun its search for a new town manager.
    Independence has been without a manager since Kenneth Vaught retired on June 30.
    He announced in May that he would retire, but said he had no future plans. Vaught, who lives in Alleghany County, N.C., became town manager on Dec. 8, 2003.

  • Police call for tougher firearms background checks

    The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement organizations are seeking tougher background checks on firearms buyers.
    The association and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence said they want to ensure that criminals already prohibited by law from possessing guns also are prevented from obtaining them.

  • Carroll citizens push for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County have a pool and should the question be put on the election ballot in a referendum this fall?
    That’s what Supervisor Bob Martin asked other officials at Monday’s county board meeting.
    Interest in putting a public pool back in service in Carroll County arose shortly after Lisa Payne Delp dedicated a Facebook group to the topic July 7.

  • Tornow, Bays marry

    David and Susi Tornow of Galax announce the marriage of their daughter, Katherine Valler, to Dustin Gene Bays, son of Donnie and Nancy Bays of Weber City.

    The bride was graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of arts degree and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
    She is employed as a mental health clinician at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.
    The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College.
    He is employed as director of internal audit at the Bank of Botetourt.