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Today's News

  • Rec director agrees that Carroll needs new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s parks director has put a toe in the water by saying he believes the development of a public pool would enhance recreation in the county.
    A Facebook group dedicated to the idea has already made a splash by attracting 2,100 members, and Carroll County Supervisor Bob Martin seems ready to take the plunge after asking whether voters could weigh in with a referendum this fall.
    Carroll officials like Martin acknowledge that fall might be too soon to dive into such a project because there’s a lot of planning to be done.

  • Agencies raise awareness of synthetic drugs

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports
    When the synthetic drug industry seeped into the Southwest Virginia, it took root silently.
    Then it flourished, virtually unnoticed by police until recently.
    “When this hit and we started talking about it, it was like a tidal wave,” Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins said at a regional seminar last Thursday in Roanoke. “We’re only now realizing there may have been a significant impact on crime in this area because of this issue.”

  • Twin Counties an oasis amid drought

    BLACKSBURG — The Blue Ridge Mountains remain a garden spot despite the severe drought that’s threatening a return of dust bowl conditions across much of the nation.
    While much of the country’s bread basket struggled under withering heat and lack of moisture, the Twin Counties has stayed relatively green, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • State puts squeeze on Virginia localities

    Landmark News Service editorial. Reprinted with permission

  • Readers' Hotline 7/23/12

     

  • Rooftop Craft Shop reopens

    As sales slowed and fewer customers trickled in, Rooftop of Virginia management came close to shutting down its craft shop.
    But when a new committee took on the job of creating a business plan, the craft shop reopened last month after being closed for six months.
    Rooftop’s craft shop, which opened more than 40 years ago, will be returning to its original vision — to give people in the community the opportunity to display and sell their made-from-scratch items.

  • AAA warns: hot cars kill

    As oppressive heat continues to envelop Virginia, motorists are reminded of the real dangers of leaving children, the elderly, pets or any living being that cannot help itself unattended in a car for any amount of time.
    “Think of your car just like your kitchen oven, where temperatures rise very quickly,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association.

  • Family Dollar store planned for Cana

    HILLSVILLE — Plans for construction of a new 8,000-square-foot Family Dollar store have been submitted to the Carroll County building official’s office.
    The plans call for the store to be located on U.S. 52 in the Cana area in a vacant lot near Stateline Furniture.
    The review of the plans continues, with the erosion and sediment control plan being the last item needing to be approved.

  • Body could be tied to Hawks homicide case

    LAMBSBURG — A body found at the bottom of a Carroll County well could be connected to a murder case in Alleghany County, N.C.
    Three people are charged with the kidnapping and killing of Michael Thomas Hawks, but they have yet to go to trial and the victim’s body has been missing since 2010.
    After days of digging to reach the bottom of the 50-foot shaft in the Lambsburg community, police found human remains on Monday morning. They were led to the spot by a tip from a suspect, said Alleghany County Sheriff David “Squeak” Edwards.

  • Test changes drive down math scores

    HILLSVILLE — Changes to the Standards of Learning math test drove spring pass rates down, but the Carroll schools’ testing czar believes the scores will rise again.
    Beverly Parker reported on the spring preliminary SOL testing results at the July 10 school board meeting.