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Today's News

  • Couple's death investigated

    HILLSVILLE ― The Carroll County Sheriff's Office began an investigation after finding an elderly couple dead in their apartment on Dec. 12, but autopsies attributed the deaths to natural causes.

    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said finding two people deceased at the same time was unusual, but the state medical examiner found no signs of trauma or any other evidence of foul play.

    When Carroll County deputies responded to a home at Quail Ridge Court last Wednesday to check on the welfare of an individual there, they found both residents of the home deceased.

  • Carroll chamber presents awards

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Chamber of Commerce capped off a busy year with its annual meeting at Cabo’s on Dec. 6.
    Executive Director Sherry Shaffner handed out awards and members elected a slate of officers.
    Shaffner revealed to the 26 dinner attendees gathered in the banquet room on the second floor of Cabo’s that Hillcrest Florist is the member of the year.

  • Town, business cooperation encouraged

    HILLSVILLE — Little improvement projects and more cooperation between government and businesses could make a difference in Hillsville commerce, a hotelier and town officials discussed at Monday’s meeting.
    Businessman C.J. Patel returned to Hillsville Town Council to share more ideas after speaking about the need for more growth at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 during a November meeting.

  • Advocates push for tougher texting-while-driving law

    Safe driving advocates are steering a fresh push to make motorists put down the qwerty keyboard and focus on the road.
    And they’ve found allies in two policy makers who are near political polar opposites.
    Del. Ben Cline, a Rockbridge County Republican and prosecutor, has teamed with Del. Scott Surovell, a Fairfax County Democrat and defense lawyer, on a quest to toughen penalties for texting while driving.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/12/12

    Had to laugh
    Hurray for columnist Todd Jennings’ debunking session. You did a good job, Todd. I had a real good laugh.

    Wide median
    I’m wondering why the median at the intersection of Lafayette and Center Street in Galax is so wide. They take up half of the street width and also whoever is in charge needs to remove the barrels off the median. They are an eyesore.

    Drive defensively

  • Prison funds sought in state budget

    Virginia’s budget crunch could again mean no funding for a long-completed but still unopened prison in Grayson County, acknowledges the facility’s main proponent in the state Senate.
    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) has been lobbying for prison funding to be included in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget, and the senator feels certain that the governor is sympathetic to the idea.

  • Man indicted for attempted murder of deputy

    HILLSVILLE — Monday’s indictments included cases involving attempted capital murder of a Carroll County deputy, an abduction, a caregiver who allegedly scammed elderly clients and a man who set off a search of Woodlawn and Laurel after escaping from custody.
    Indictments are formal charges handed down by a grand jury, not findings of guilt. Those indicted will appear in court for the offenses.
    Indicted for attempted capital murder was Markus Timothy Reid, 52, from Floyd County in a July incident.

  • She's eight

    Lindsey Elizabeth McMillan of Grant celebrated her eighth birthday on Nov. 16. 

    She had a birthday party at Grayson Highlands School with all of her second-grade classmates, and a second party at the Log House restaurant in Volney with friends and relatives.

  • Public record for 12/12/12 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 20-30 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Two charged in tire theft

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of four tires from Independence Tire on Dec. 3.
    Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department said the department received a call reporting the theft about 3 p.m.
    Adams said employees reportedly saw a man and woman remove four tires from a storage trailer.