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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Ministry is P.U.S.H.-ing in the right direction

    A Galax ministry is helping the elderly, the hungry and young men in need of life skills with a variety of innovative programs.

  • Authorities find meth lab in Cana

    HILLSVILLE ― Cooperation from Stokes County, N.C., law enforcement led the Carroll Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police to search a Cana home on Tuesday and charge two individuals.
    An informant gave tips to the Stokes County officers about a possible active methamphetamine manufacturing operation. That information resulted in the search warrant being issued for 88 Childrens Lane the morning of June 24, according to Carroll Investigator Donnie Spangler.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/26/13

    Good works
    I want to thank the First Baptist Church of Independence for providing such a nice appreciation luncheon for the teachers. We all enjoyed the meal very much and sure do appreciate you all thinking of us in such a kind way.

    No big deal

  • Cliffview water project funded

    Carroll’s Public Service Authority has worked for four years to get water to the Cliffview community, and county officials expect the bidding and construction process to take an additional two years.
    But public water is on its way, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell and other authority members stressed at a special meeting held in the community on June 20.

  • Motorcycle crashes roadblock during chase

    A Galax man faces multiple charges after allegedly leading police on a pursuit on a motorcycle the night of June 22.
    Grayson County Chief Deputy David Ashby said Deputy Jordan Johnson was on routine patrol on U.S. 58 around midnight near Baywood Market when he noticed a 1986 Honda motorcycle without a taillight. He was following the motorcycle and didn’t see a license plate.
    The motorcycle turned onto Delhart Road, and when Johnson turned on his emergency lights, he reported that the motorcycle took off.