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Today's News

  • Grayson will back new police positions

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Supervisors approved a plan on June 27 that would accept grant money to add two school resource officers and a crime prevention officer to the sheriff department.
    Earlier this month, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Grayson was among 24 localities that received a grant from the state Criminal Justice Services Board, which would pay a portion of the salaries and benefits for two additional school resource officers (SROs).

  • Police say Howard confessed to killing wife

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A search warrant has revealed that a North Carolina man charged with his wife’s murder confessed to the killing when arrested by police in Galax last year.
    According to a report by Raleigh TV station WRAL, Sonny Howard admitted to the crime just moments before Galax officers found his wife’s body in the back of his pickup truck.
    Howard, 42, of Wake County, N.C., is charged with first-degree murder in the May 23, 2012, death of his wife, 50-year-old Sherry Howard.

  • BUCK & BYLLESBY: 100 Years of Hydroelectric Power

    ROANOKE — The Buck and Byllesby dams, named after two major players in the United States’ widespread adoption of alternating current at the dawn of the Electric Age, continue to churn out electricity for Appalachian Power more than 100 years after their completion.
    The two hydroelectric dams on the New River in Carroll County helped establish the utility now known as APCo in the region, according to a news release from the company, celebrating more than a century of operations.

  • Grayson approves budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Following months of workshops and public hearings, Grayson County supervisors approved the 2013-14 budget with no tax increase.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the final budget to the board last week during a year-end closeout meeting. It includes revenues and expenditures totaling $17.3 million.
    Sweet pointed out that all tax levies would stay the same — including real estate, which will remain at 49¢ per $100 valuation.
    Supervisors also used the meeting to close out the 2012-13 budget.

  • Rosier to serve 2 years for stabbing

    HILLSVILLE ― A Hillsville man accused of a stabbing in the Hickory Hills Shopping Centre Jan. 31 will spend two years in the Virginia Department of Corrections, after being found guilty June 27 of a lesser charge.
    Raymond A. Rosier appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court with attorney Chip DeHart before Judge Brett Geisler to enter a plea agreement in the case.

  • Criminal code needs serious overhaul

    Of the many government systems that need overhaul, the federal criminal code ranks among the most bloated.
    Congress has created 500 new federal crimes per decade for the last 30 years. From 1980 to 2004, the number of criminal offenses increased by 30 percent.
    Many of those new laws junked a long-standing legal principal known as mens rea: for a person to be guilty of a crime, he must have intended to commit one.

  • HVAC cost, timing cause concern in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE  — While latest bids for the heating and air conditioning replacement at Carroll County High School came in about $1 million higher than before, the length of time to replace the mechanical system caused even more concern for educators.
    Carroll Public Schools officials consider the need for updates to the heating and air a given, since the system has been operating ever since the facility was built in the 1960s.

  • School chief says drivers' backgrounds are checked

    HILLSVILLE — All Carroll County Public School employees go through an extensive checklist before starting work to protect the safety of students, according to schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    A June 14 incident recently came to light, in which a substitute bus driver got pulled over by police for driving erratically. He was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
    This resulted in questions from the public about background checks for school employees, Blankenship told The Gazette.

  • Multiple drug charges in unsealed indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court recently released several sealed indictments, revealing charges made by the grand jury.
    It is common practice for court officials to seal indictments in the interim until those named are officially served.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt, but indicates that the grand jury found enough evidence to go forward with court proceedings.
    A number of these indictments were issued at the June 17 grand jury, including:

  • Carnival underway in Galax

    The annual Galax Firemen’s Carnival begins its festivities on June 24 and continues through June 29 at Felts Park in Galax.
    Normally held on the week of July 4, the carnival was pushed back this year due to scheduling conflicts, according to the fire department. “Normally, when a carnival is booked, it is from a previous year with a city or town. We have recently been carnival shopping and these dates are what we got,” department officials explained on the GVFD’s Facebook page.