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Today's News

  • Late 3-pointer sinks Lady Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– The 1,000th point of Britney Allen’s career came late in the second period. Her third assist of the day came when it really mattered.

    Leading a fast break with the score tied at 35, Allen kicked out to Makenley Davis and Davis swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting Richlands over Carroll County 38-35 Saturday in a crucial Southwest District girls’ game.

    The game-winning shot capped a 9-1 run over the final 2:50 for Richlands (9-2 overall, 2-1 district). Allen scored the first six of those points.

  • Gravley, Cavs pound Richlands

    HILLSVILLE –– After three or four unsuccessful 3-point attempts, including one that was two-thirds of the way down before wriggling back up and out, Ryan Gravley may or may not have thought, ‘Enough is enough.’

    His body language, though, plainly said, ‘It’s just three points. Let’s get this over with.’

  • Jackson named new Hillsville town manager

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson is retiring as the area director for USDA Rural Development after 32 years to become the new Hillsville town manager.
    Town council members unanimously approved hiring Jackson on Monday night, after a motion by Vice Mayor Ed Terry, taking only a few short minutes to fill the position that had been vacant since June.
    Town officials quietly celebrated the circumstances that led to being able to hire Jackson.

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  • Carroll circuit court unseals charges

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been sealed after the grand jury met.
    It is common practice for courts to seal indictments until the person named can be served with warrants.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Charged were:
    • Matthew Shane Crouse — taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15 (two counts)
    • Gary Alan Newman — distribution of marijuana (two counts)

  • Virginians have mixed views on gun laws

    Nearly half of Virginia voters favor stricter state gun laws and two-thirds support putting armed police officers in public schools, according to a new statewide poll released last week.
    In the Quinnipiac University survey, a majority of registered voters voiced support for national bans on assault weapons and sales of high-capacity magazines. But 50 percent of voters believe gun ownership helps protect people from crime.

  • New chief plans changes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — There’s one main idea that Chief Greg Bolen wants to enforce about the Hillsville Police Department — that it’s a part of the community.
    In the coming months, the department will have more police walking the beat, bike patrols will return to the streets, officers will assist with keeping school zones safe and the agency will launch a Facebook page. The goal of these programs is grounding policing and public safety efforts in the community.
    It all goes back to the fact that the department exists to serve, Bolen said.

  • Besieged By Buzzards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Groups of black silhouettes circle the air over the hospital and hover around local businesses and residences, roosting in trees and giving some people the creeps.
    During the winter months, scavenger bird sightings in the Twin County area have become more common. As vultures and buzzards settle in for their long winter’s nap, the community is not feeling quite as comfortable.

  • Some pets returned to owner in animal abuse case

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The court reached a decision on Dec. 3 regarding Michelle Cole of Galax, who faced a total of 46 charges related to animal abuse, according to court records.
    Charges were filed after Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant responded to a complaint on Sept. 28, 2012, from the owner of a rental property on Academy Drive.

  • Carroll schools aren't cool

    HILLSVILLE — If there’s a single issue getting Carroll schools leaders hot under the collar about the phase III construction projects, it’s misfiring heating and cooling units at the intermediate school.
    Architect Randy Baker reported to the Carroll School Board last Monday that, during a visit to CCIS earlier in the day, he found one room hovering at 91 degrees.
    “It’s pretty warm, so something’s just not correct,” Baker said.