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Today's News

  • Carroll schools improving security

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Carroll educators prepare for some much-needed improvements at the high school, another contractor will secure the doors of each facility in the county.
    Officials have asked Ken-Nect Communications to install the security measures at the high school first, so that work won’t interfere with the update to the heating and air conditioning system; connecting the facility to natural gas service; and creating a science, technology, engineering and math lab, according to Superintendent Strader Blankenship at the June 13 school board meeting.

  • Cana man dies in N.C. crash

    A Cana man died on Monday from critical injuries sustained in a June 14 motorcycle accident on Pipers Gap Road.
    Stanley Gray Collins, 75, was traveling on Pipers Gap Road in Galax heading to Mount Airy, N.C., when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle, according to Surry County, N.C., Emergency Services Director John Shelton.
    The motorcycle veered off of the road and struck a utility pole and a mailbox located at 309 Wise Man’s Trail. “He had critical injuries on the scene,” Shelton said.

  • Man indicted on attempted murder charge

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect who led Carroll deputies on a 30-minute chase after trying to escape from a circuit court hearing had nine indictments issued against him when the grand jury met Monday.
    Richard Wilson Garrett, then 36, formerly of Gladesboro Road, had been in court that day in March 2012 on breaking and entering and larceny charges.
    At about 9:30 a.m., while a deputy was moving several prisoners from the lockup to take to circuit court, Garrett allegedly escaped out of the sally port.

  • He's five

    Joseph Mays celebrated his 5th birthday May 19. He is the son of Larry Mays of Galax and Dawn Newman of Woodlawn.

    Grandparents are Bobby and Wanda Mays of Galax and Faye Newman of Woodlawn. His brothers are Jarrid, Jackson, and Jameson. His sisters are Holly and Jessica.

  • She's one

    Aurora Sky Gregory turned one on April 4. She celebrated with family and friends at home, with a pink and zebra print first birthday themed party.

    She is the daughter of Jimmie and Whitney Gregory and her sister is Madalyn. Grandparents are William and Vergie Lundy, Eddie and Brenda Ward all of Independence, and John and Frances Pierce of Fries.

  • Richardson, Spurlin to marry

    Mike and Anita Spurlin announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Michelle Spurlin, to Robert Gayle Richardson, son of Stan and Nona Richardson of Rugby.
    The future bride is employed by Carroll County Public Schools.  The future groom is employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation in the Volney area.

    The wedding ceremony will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Eller on June 22 at Longview United Methodist Church in Baywood.
    The honeymoon will be in Pennsylvania, and the couple will reside in Galax.

  • Public record for 6/19/13 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 in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Woman sentenced for role in CVS robbery

    HILLSVILLE — A co-conspirator in the June 2012 robbery of CVS Pharmacy in Galax will serve 2.5 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for her part in the armed robbery that netted a variety of narcotics.
    Renee Sue Lucas, formerly of Follansbee, W.Va., appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court for sentencing on Monday after entering a no-contest plea in April.
    Judge Brett Geisler wasted no time in approving a sentencing agreement that defense attorney Brad Dalton had reached with the commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

  • Cruisin' & Groovin' returns to Galax on Friday

    Cruisin’ and Groovin’ in Galax begins this Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown Galax.
    This is the first of three Cruisin’ and Groovin’ classic car cruise-in events planned in Galax this year, with two others scheduled for July 12 and Aug. 16.
    Streets will close and car registration will begin at 4 p.m. The cruising event begins at 5 p.m., with music by The Attractions beginning at 6 p.m.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/17/13

    Don’t bother
    Please trash the idea of a dog park. We don’t need that expense for the city.

    Pandering to curiosity