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Today's News

  • Hillsville budget to balance with tax hikes

    HILLSVILLE — Changes have come to the way that Hillsville Town Council members plan their budget — they have sworn off dipping into savings to balance the fiscal year 2014 proposal.
    Adjustments to the real estate, meals and lodging taxes are also a part of making the proposal work, according to Town Manager Travis Jackson’s budget message.
    Town officials needed to make up a shortfall of $519,501 in the budget, including the general fund and the water and sewer services.

  • Arts Council presents 'Dixie Swim Club'

    The Arts Council of the Twin Counties’ production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” which opens May 30, follows the lives of five friends who met when they all joined the college swim team.

  • Public record for 4/24/13 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 November of 2012 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Motorcycle driver charged after chase and crash

    UPDATED 4/25/13:

  • Drug suspect is "most wanted"

    UPDATE - Sheriff's office officials say that James Grimes has been arrested.

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County authorities consider a 32-year-old man one of their "most wanted."

    James Richard Grimes, no address given, is wanted on a drug charge of possession of schedule 1 or 2 controlled substance, according to information from the Carroll Sheriff's Office.

  • Med-Fit team wins Mud Run in Greenville, SC

    GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Med-Fit Systems (Nautilus) sponsored three teams competing in a 3.5-mile Mud Run this past weekend, and one of the three teams brought home a first-place finish in its division.

    “2 Hot Chicks and 2 Ugly Dudes” placed 19th overall and first in the co-ed division of the annual Goodwill Mud Run on April 13-14.

    The team was captained by Med-Fit project manager and former Gazette reporter Ben Bomberger, with teammates Brandon Davis (Med-Fit IT director), Tracy Snow and Kyla Ford.

  • Galax zooms away from Cavs

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County battled Galax to a scoreless deadlock through 40 minutes but the Maroon Tide got busy with five second-half goals, blanking the Cavaliers 5-0 in a nondistrict boys’ soccer match Wednesday at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Galax had led Carroll County 6-0 at halftime of their first meeting but couldn’t penetrate the Cavalier defense through the first half Wednesday.

    The second 40 minutes were another story.

  • Cavalier girls take 4-1 win over Buffaloes

    FLOYD –– Carroll County notched a big nondistrict win and handed Floyd County its first loss of the season, taking a 4-1 win Wednesday over the Buffaloes.

    With the Cavaliers (7-3) leading 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Cheyenne Strickland launched a three-run home run for a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough for Carroll pitcher Gracie Davidson.

    The homer was the third three-run shot in two games for Strickland, who had three home runs – two of them for three runs – two days earlier in a win at Galax.

  • Cougars drop Carroll to .500

    HILLSVILLE –– Patrick County took advantage of some costly defensive miscues by Carroll County and made amends for an earlier loss to the Cavaliers with a 6-3 nondistrict win Thursday at Bill Worrell Field.

    Carroll County had opened its season with a 4-1 win in Stuart, the first of four straight wins to start the year, but the Cougars handed the Cavaliers their fourth straight setback Thursday to drop Carroll to .500 on the year.

  • Readers' Hotline 4/22/13

    Dividing up
    I hope the Grayson Recreation Department will stand up to the big names in Grayson County. It was so unfair to all the kids in Grayson County during basketball when the traveling team was not split up. I sincerely hope things will be different for baseball for the kids’ sake. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

    Made an impression