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Today's News

  • Deer dropping onto highway

    HILLSVILLE — Deer jumping over the side of the Howlett Street bridge, possibly fleeing from traffic, have been plummeting to their death right onto the U.S. 58 bypass below, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.
    The 60-foot fall is fatal to the deer, and Williams also worries what could happen to the people in vehicles that happen to be below Howlett Street.
    "I believe this makes a total of eight deer that have jumped to their death from that bridge," he said in his written report to Hillsville Town Council last Monday.

  • Woman charged with vehicle break-ins

    A Galax woman has been arrested and charged with breaking and entering of several vehicles in the Fairview community.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Samantha Cox, 22, of Wisteria Lane, was arrested Jan. 11 after the sheriff's department received several reports of damaged vehicles after the alleged attempted theft of vehicles in the Fairview area.
    Fairview Baptist Church reported $1,000 damage to two Dodge vans after ignition switches were damaged.

  • Red Cross: blood supply running low

    Three blood collection drives are planned in the Twin Counties during February, as the American Red Cross experiences mounting effects of severe winter weather that caused the lowest January blood supply in a decade.
    Severe weather throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S. has caused cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, including more than 600 in the Appalachian region.

  • School system to sell three tracts

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have the go-ahead from the Carroll supervisors to sell surplus land and put the proceeds toward school construction.
    The Carroll School Board last September voted to accept sealed bids on property amounting to a little less than four acres behind the former Hillsville Elementary School on Oak Street.

  • House panel puts brakes on highway safety bills

    RICHMOND — It appears Virginia drivers are unlikely to face new restrictions this year on their behavior behind the wheel.
    A batch of highway safety bills — dealing with seat belts, cell phones, open alcohol containers, texting, and smoking with children present — were rejected Thursday by a House subcommittee, meaning they are unlikely to advance in this year's General Assembly.

  • Cavalier boys, girls drill Marion

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County jumped all over Marion in the first half and cruised to an easy 94-52 win in a Southwest District boys' game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County maintained its No. 2 spot in the SWD standings by bolting to a 30-25 lead after eight minutes. The Cavaliers didn't let up in the second and went into the half with a 57-30 lead.

    Wes Smoot led four Cavaliers in double figures with 16 points while Mac Martin scored 15 to go with 11 rebounds. Smoot and Martin teamed for 14 of the Cavaliers' 30 first-quarter points.

  • Devils over Tide in nailbiter

     Five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter. Six minutes to play the last 14 seconds. Seven missed free throws in the final 1:26. One pair of trousers in the trash.

    Stuff like that just doesn’t happen every night.

    Grayson County managed to survive the yips at the foul line in addition to an open look by Galax’s best shooter at the buzzer Tuesday night to take a thrilling 63-62 win in the Mountain Empire District’s top rivalry game.

  • Carroll schools save big on energy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Schools have saved an estimated $1 million in energy costs since 2003 as the result of initiating an energy savings plan.
    The school system was spending more than $550,000 a year on energy expenses in 2003-04.
    With a goal to reduce the budget cost for energy consumption and save resources, the Carroll School Board hired Energy Education, Inc., to set guidelines and install the “cost avoidance” software to track what was being spent.

  • Schools earn state awards

    Seven elementary schools in the Twin Counties received recognition from Gov. Bob McDonnell and the state Board of Education on Jan. 20.
    Three Grayson County schools — Baywood, Fairview and Providence Elementary — earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for continued progress, including meeting all state and federal educational benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.

  • Gun laws targeted from both sides

    RICHMOND — It’s one of the most heated debates of our time: Would fewer guns equal fewer killings, or is it just the opposite?
    In the shadow of the recent shootings in Arizona, the argument is as contentious as ever. Both sides came to the capital last week to air their starkly different views to lawmakers.