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Today's News

  • Suspected construction scammers arrested

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department has charged two North Carolina men with grand larceny by false pretenses after investigating a report by two elderly women that they had been the victims of a recent scam, according to a news release from Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    On June 6, two men stopped at a residence in Hillsville and informed the two women that their roof was in desperate need of repair, the news release said.
    The two elderly women could not go outside and look at their roof and believed that the two men were telling the truth.

  • Man charged in I-77 tow truck driver fatality

    HILLSVILLE — Jesse Tang of Rural Hall, N.C., has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a recent fatality that took place on Interstate 77.
    Russell Nelson, 75, owner of Russell’s Garage in Hillsville, was killed on May 25 while assisting a disabled vehicle on I-77.

  • Propane tank adds danger to Galax flooding

    Rain water ponded to three feet in Galax’s low-lying Bottom neighborhood after a heavy downpour on Tuesday, this time spilling over onto heavily traveled Meadow Street.
    The Galax Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to Givens Street that afternoon following a sudden rain storm that flooded the neighborhood. The water dislodged a propane tank from behind Southern States.
    The 50-gallon tank was leaking as it floated away towards homes on Givens Street.
    The tank was considered a hazard because of its potential to explode.

  • 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.