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Today's News

  • Carroll sees pros of putting cons to work

    HILLSVILLE — Day reporting is kind of like a temp service through the courts, and Carroll County’s new coordinator is looking for tasks for convicts who qualify.
    Day reporting is an alternative sentencing option that keeps those convicted of minor crimes from going to jail if they agree to do community service instead.
    Glenn Edmonds, a Carroll deputy who has served as a bailiff in the courts, will now coordinate the program for the county. He started in this new capacity March 1.

  • Bill cracks down on texting behind the wheel

    RICHMOND — Legislation that would strengthen enforcement and increase penalties for texting while driving has been sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s desk.
    By a vote of 28-12, the state Senate recently passed House Bill 1907, which already had been passed by the House of Delegates. The bill would allow police to stop drivers for using a “handheld personal communications device” to send or view text messages and e-mails.

  • Cohabitation ban repealed

    RICHMOND — Unmarried couples living together may soon be doing so legally under a measure that passed the General Assembly.
    The House voted 62-25 in favor of repealing the law making it illegal for unmarried couples to live together. Virginia code says doing so is punishable by a $500 fine for a first offense and up to a year in jail for subsequent infractions.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has deemed the law unconstitutional, and prosecutors haven’t used it for years, said Del. Scott Surovell, a Fairfax County Democrat.

  • With open arms

    It has been said by many that the Twin Counties are rich in hospitality.
    In fact, it is commonly quoted by those who return to this area after traveling to other places, that they "have finally come home."
    Looking back over events that have taken place over the past couple of months, it is easy to see why people feel this way. Not only do local businesses, organizations and residents welcome newcomers with open arms, but in the most dire situations, their doors swing open, too.

  • Fruitless venture for Carroll County (with photo gallery)

    SALEM –– Nobody walked into the Salem Civic Center dressed as a tropical fruit or a garden vegetable Saturday. Fittingly, the huge following that came to witness Carroll County’s first state tournament appearance in 22 years never got a chance to go nuts.

    A dry spell that encompassed nearly two full quarters subdued the Cavalier faithful, stymied Carroll’s offense and propelled E.C. Glass to the Group AA Division 4 semifinals after a 61-46 quarterfinal win late Saturday night.

  • From poorhouse to penthouse

    HILLSVILLE –– It doesn’t seem like that long ago to those who experienced it firsthand. 

    Carroll County’s most recent venture to the state tournament in 1991 seems like just a few years back to those who followed the Cavaliers then. Even the back-to-back region championship teams in 1979 and 1980, there’s no way those guys are in their 50s now.

    But on the other hand, the gap between today and three years ago may as well be an eternity.

  • Deed letter is indeed a scam

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County residents who receive a supposed “deed processing notice” from a company called Property Transfer Service should throw it in the trash, says the circuit court clerk.
    Two citizens who received such a notice — one at the cost of $83  — brought the matter to the attention of Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Honeycutt, wondering if they actually owed any money.

  • Raises top priority in school budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Raises are the top priority for Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Chalfant as the school board begins work on the 2013-14 budget.
    Chalfant, who is going through his first budget season as the division’s head administrator, reiterated at the Feb. 25 work session that he remains committed to increasing pay for the division’s personnel.
    Grayson teachers and support staff have gone more than four years with their pay scales frozen and Chalfant said he had hoped to buy back at least two of those salary steps.

  • Galax chief reports 2012 police activity

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Uniformed officers from the Galax Police Department filled the rows of chairs on the right side of the Galax City Council Chamber at Monday night’s meeting as Chief Rick Clark presented the department’s annual report for 2012.
    Clark reported to council members that some forms of crime (assault, burglary, fraud) were down last year, while others (narcotics, DUI arrests, alcohol-related crimes) were on the rise.

  • Making filing less taxing

    With tax season now in full swing, many Americans will seek professional help to file their federal and state returns. But sometimes that professional help can take a chunk out of a taxpayer’s wallet.
    AARP annually offers a free solution for low- to moderate-income taxpayers through its nonprofit Tax-Aide program.
    District coordinator Carol Sheahan has been helping area AARP tax preparation sites for about 13 years. She became involved with Tax-Aide when she found an ad for a volunteer opportunity to prepare taxes for seniors.