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  • RV fire was potentially explosive

     

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Department members answered a call on Interstate 77 Thursday that photographer David Young said "was literally a ticking time bomb." 

    The 11:30 a.m. incident involved an RV and trailer burning near the 19 mile marker.

  • Linville sentencing delayed

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has confirmed that it will be several more weeks before a sentence is handed down to Jimmy Ray Linville, a Galax man who was found guilty of raping a 12-year-old.
    Linville, 52, was arrested at his business, Tropical Tanning Salon, on March 28, 2012, after the Galax Police Department investigated a report from a minor and her family. He was convicted after a jury trial June 6 and 7.

  • Va. gas prices could drop after July 1

    Virginia gas prices could drop by close to six cents per gallon after July 1 — at least theoretically — says the American Automobile Association.
    A historic change to the Virginia gas tax could place Virginia in the coveted five most-affordable states in which to fill up, AAA said.
    After July 1 with implementation of Gov. McDonnell’s transportation funding plan, Virginia retail gas prices should begin to drop by about six cents per gallon as the retail gas tax is replaced with lower tax at the wholesale level.

  • Galax Firemen's Carnival to be held June 24-29

    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.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/19/13

    Counting chickens

    This is funny. I know people that work in the food business but there is a restaurant owner who makes his people count every piece of chicken at night and put it up and freeze it and then turn around and re-sell it the next day. They are supposed to get rid of it. Boy, ain’t he greedy.

     

    Bought off

  • Harvey named new Red Cross director

    The executive director of the New River Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, Annie Harvey, has added the business of the Wood’s River chapter to her responsibilities.
    Teamed with Disaster Services Program Manager Grady DeVilbiss, Harvey will handle the administrative duties at the Wood’s River office on Bee Line Road in Carroll County.

  • 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.