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  • Poole, Sapp marry

    Heather Lynn Poole of Galax and Joseph Eric Sapp of Fries were united in marriage Feb. 16, 2013, by the Rev. Andy Edmonds and the Rev. John Williams at Gospel Chapel in Galax with family and friends.

    The bride is the daughter of Elvis and Rhonda Poole of Galax and the granddaughter of William “Bill” Spencer.
    She graduated from Carroll County High School. She works at Bojangles.
    The bridegroom is the son of Mary Sharlene Sapp of Fries.

  • Public record for 5/15/13 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 Dec. 10-21, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • First guards begin training at prison

    INDEPENDENCE — The first of numerous sets of correctional officers began their three-month training Friday at the River North Correctional Center in Grayson County.
    Ben Wright, warden of the soon-to-open prison, updated the Grayson Board of Supervisors on the progress of the facility as he begins building his staff of nearly 350.
    “This has been a night that’s been long coming for us,” said Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard during the board’s regular monthly meeting last week.

  • Readers' Hotline 5/13/13

    Neighborly deeds
    I would like to thank my good neighbors in Grayson County for helping me out during the snows we had in January and again in April. One gentleman picked me up in the national forest on Route 21 when my truck wouldn’t go any farther, carrying me all the way home. Second gentleman driving his farm tractor there on Spring Valley Road towed my little old blue truck to the top of the mountain so I could make it the rest of the way home. Thanks again to the security guard in the little blue truck.

  • Virtual school took advantage of Carroll

    When Virginia’s first statewide virtual school opened in 2009, it looked to be a good deal for the private operator and its host, Carroll County, but a bad deal for state taxpayers.
    Now the Carroll County School Board has concluded it’s getting a raw deal, too, and voted to end its contract with the for-profit K12 Inc.

  • Arrest Reports 5/13/13

    Those pictured have been charged but not convicted, and should be considered innocent until resolved by the court.

  • Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Carroll pulls plug on virtual school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County educators have pulled the plug on the first statewide virtual school after mounting concerns.
    Few local students taking advantage of the service and demands on the school system’s staff time are two factors that eventually short circuited the program known as the Virtual Academy of Virginia, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    “Out of that 350 students, only five were Carroll County students,” he said.

  • Deputies rescue woman lost in woods

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies assisted a 72-year-old woman who got lost in the woods near 579 Volunteer Road on May 7 at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies had received a report from concerned neighbors about the woman, who had gone for a walk without her cell phone or a flashlight about 2.5 hours before.
    Corporals Barry Lineberry and David Walls and Deputy Cody Edwards responded to the scene.

  • Police look into suspicious fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    A May 8 fire in Carroll County is under investigation.
    The Galax Fire Department responded to a call at 400 Potrock Road after midnight last Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find an outbuilding completely destroyed by the flames.
    The outbuilding appeared to be abandoned, along with the trailer that sat in front of the building, according to firefighter Chris Hennis.