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Today's News

  • MED baseball and softball tournaments suspended

     The semifinal rounds of the Mountain Empire District baseball and softball tournaments were both suspended Wednesday due to the thunderstorm that swept through the area. In softball, Galax led Fort Chiswell 6-3 with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning when play was halted two outs short of an official game. Play resumed Thursday at the point where it was stopped.

    In baseball, Grayson County led Fort Chiswell 3-0 in the bottom of the second when the game was suspended. It, too, was resumed Thursday at the point which the game was halted.

  • Carroll girls edge Martinsville in Region IV tennis

    MARTINSVILLE –– Carroll County took two of the three doubles matches and three of the five completed singles matches to get past Martinsville 5-3 in the quarterfinals Tuesday of the Region IV girls’ tennis team tournament at Martinsville High School.

    The Cavaliers’ Cassidi McCann and Kelly Lundy defeated Kate Dietrich and Hannah LaPrade 6-3, 6-4 and teammates Sarah Light and Kirstin Robinson downed the Bulldog duo of Violet Mazurek and Ashleigh Buck 6-1, 6-2 for a 2-1 Carroll team advantage entering singles play.

  • Cavs upset in SWD semis

    HILLSVILLE –– Scoring opportunities like the one Tazewell wasted in the first inning against Carroll County have been few and far between in games between the two this year.

    The Bulldogs didn’t blow their second chance.

    Having come up empty despite three first-inning singles, Tazewell pushed four runs across in a decisive third-inning rally and went on to shut out the Cavaliers 5-0 in the Southwest District softball semifinals Tuesday at CCHS.

  • Public record for 5/22/13

    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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 21, 2012-Jan. 9, 2013, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 5/22/13

    Duplicating services
    I would like to know if Carroll County is in such a shortfall on the school board budget, why they are paying for two separate buses for sports to go to one location. Why are they even paying for cheerleaders to have a bus and driver to begin with? Why are we outsourcing mowing when we have janitors and the maintenance crew? Why are we sending school buses [out of town] and cars to local garages when we have approximately two to three mechanics in the bus garage?

    Finding blame

  • Texas man pleads guilty in fatal crash case

    WYTHEVILLE — A 44-year-old commercial truck driver from Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty in an Oct. 30 wreck that killed a Hillsville man.
    Virginia State Police charged Donald Ray Alexander with involuntary manslaughter in a vehicle after the driver attempted to use a crossover on Interstate 77 near the 44 mile marker.
    He was trying to change from the northbound lanes to go southbound when his flatbed tractor-trailer pulled into the path of a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, driven by John Schrader, 56, of Hillsville, according to an accident report.

  • CCHS grad has fast track to the future

    HILLSVILLE — Hannah Thomas is well on her way to getting a doctorate in pharmacy after recently earning her arts and sciences associate degree from Wytheville Community College.

    A week after the 18-year-old picked up her two-year degree at WCC, she received her Carroll County High School diploma in graduation exercises in the gym last Saturday.

    Her commitment to her educational goal means Salem College will recognize her as a junior after Thomas continues her studies there in the fall.

  • Injured wrestler still fighting through rehab

    Luke Hampton, an Alleghany County wrestler paralyzed after his spine was injured during a match, is now running his own business and training young grapplers. On Sunday, a free concert in Sparta, N.C., will benefit Alleghany Special Olympics in honor of Hampton.

  • Local pastors planning prison ministry

    INDEPENDENCE ― A meeting is planned for June 6 to discuss plans to open a prison ministry at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    According to reports, neither the Virginia Department of Corrections nor Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia has funds to place a chaplain at the prison.
    The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, said plans are to organize a “River North Ministry Council” made up of ministers and laypeople in the surrounding counties of Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Alleged pot grower is Carroll's most wanted

     

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll authorities have named a suspect in a marijuana growing operation as their latest "most wanted," after finding pot, cash and guns during a May 13 search.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office put out an alert Monday to seek information from the public that would lead to Thomas James Read, 50, being located.