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Today's News

  • Speakers at Carroll hearing support Phase III school plans

    All speakers at a June 14 public hearing with the Carroll Board of Supervisors supported moving ahead with Phase III renovations instead of building new schools.
    Chip Neely said he supported the plans for Phase III because the alternative is too costly. “In talking with the community as a minister, the economic stress of new construction is not feasible.”
    Donnie Morgan, who has three children in the county school system, said he's in favor of Phase III “if it's done right. I'm not for frills, like at the elementary schools.”

  • County: tax increase 'unavoidable' in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — County administration called a 44 percent real estate tax increase “unavoidable” in Grayson County during a public hearing last Thursday night on the proposed 2010-11 county budget.
    More than 30 people hung around until just after 11 p.m. last week as supervisors prepared to hold a public hearing on the upcoming budget, which includes a proposed tax rate of 49 cents per $100.
    While only 13 of those in attendance spoke, many pleaded with the board to cut the budget some more instead of raising taxes during these tough economic times.

  • The C.A.S.E. for summer school

     HILLSVILLE — Learning about grammar and writing persuasive essays as an antidote to summer boredom?

  • Agreement clears way for Hillsville annexation

    HILLSVILLE — Both Carroll County and Hillsville acted in accord Monday to settle three longstanding issues — utility disagreements, the town's annexation of land to Interstate 77 and revenue sharing.

  • Public record for 6/9/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 26-March 31 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Feds drop drug charges against Davis

    ROANOKE — Federal prosecutors have dropped all illegal drug dealing charge against a Galax resident, according to records from the U.S. District Court.

    Though Antreyhue Dane Davis had been charged alongside five other Twin County residents, the government will no longer pursue the charge against him, according to court documents.

    At the end of May, prosecutors moved to dismiss the indictment for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

  • Leak soaks CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Educators are still assessing the damage caused by a water line breaking and gushing thousands of gallons into Carroll County High School Saturday.

    Fortunately, the high school hosted a recital that evening, so the leak was caught sooner than it might otherwise have been, said schools Superintendent Greg Smith.

    The line break occurred on the second floor, and water covered the band room and storage area.

  • Man charged with making threats

    FRIES — A Fries man is in jail after allegedly threating social workers last week.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that investigators with his department executed a search warrant June 4 at the residence of Eddie Dale Privett on Stevens Creek Road in Fries.

    Privett allegedly made threats to case workers with the Grayson County Department of Social Services.

    Investigators recovered two rifles and a handgun from the Privett residence.

  • Deadly shooting ruled accidental

    It was a tragic accident when Danielle Jones shot and killed her 18-year-old brother, Matthew Jackson Jones of Center Street in Galax, said Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Vaught.

    Danielle Jones, 22, of Neptune Drive in Galax, was initially charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of her brother on Dec. 14, 2009.

    She entered a plea of involuntary manslaughter on May 28 in Grayson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She was sentenced to 10 years in jail, with all but six months suspended.

  • Free clinic moves into new home

    At the non-profit Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, volunteers stay busy filing patient paperwork and working the front desk and the new lab at the 2,200-square foot facility.

    The Free Clinic had been on Oldtown Street in a 1,200-square foot facility since 2007, but has now relocated to an office building at 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax and re-opened June 1.

    “We were running out of space and could only have so many in the office,” said Dina Slusher, executive director of the clinic. “We just needed more office space to accommodate everybody.