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Today's News

  • Electoral bill appears headed to defeat

    RICHMOND — A bill that would allocate Virginia’s presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than statewide popular vote appears headed towards a bipartisan rejection.
    Though it would have meant a GOP victory for Virginia in the past election, even a few Republicans seem hesitant to support the changes to the system of awarding the commonwealth’s Electoral College votes proposed by Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Natural gas, biomass could cut heating costs

    HILLSVILLE — An engineering study shows that St. Paul School in Carroll County might be able to save thousands of dollars a year by heating with “biomass” instead of oil.
    The biomass in this case would be sawdust pressed into pellets.
    A report by Langseth Engineering on both St. Paul and Hillsville Elementary schools was presented to the Carroll County School Board at its Jan. 7 meeting.

  • Virginia gun bills shot down

    RICHMOND — Last month’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has revived a national debate about firearms laws, but gun control legislation is meeting a familiar fate in Virginia’s General Assembly.
    Legislation aimed at closing Virginia’s so-called “gun show loophole” won’t advance this year, but members of a state Senate committee pledged last week to work toward a compromise that could expand the use of criminal background checks for firearms sales at events like the annual Labor Day gun show in Hillsville.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    INDEPENDENCE — A  Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on Jan. 25 indicted 12 people on a variety of charges.
    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.
    Anthony Allen Bobbitt was indicted for possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth), statutory burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was charged with breaking and entering the home of Andrew K. Boles.

  • Lineberry, Lowe announce engagement

    Randy and Rhonda Lineberry of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Brooke Lineberry, to Jonathan Aster Lowe, son of Vatina Davis and Bobby Lowe of Galax.

    Lowe is a 2008 graduate of Carroll County High School. He is a maintenance technician at Parkdale Mills.
    Lineberry is a 2003 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2008 and 2011 graduate of Radford University.
    She is employed at Wythe County Public Schools as a mathematics teacher and at Radford University as an adjunct professor.

  • Public record for 1/30/13 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, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 10-25, 2012, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Fuller Center house to hold dedication

     

  • Transplant gives family hope for recovery

    Audrey Hope Gillespie may have been born with a rare disease that left her with half a heart, but you’d never know from her sweet, playful nature and her brilliant smile.
    And as if to make up for that little heart, the hearts of her family are singing with joy after musicians both local and national have volunteered to play a concert this weekend to help pay her medical expenses.
    The happy 10-month-old’s cheerful demeanor never hints at the struggles she has been through in her brief time on earth.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/28/13

    Soaring debt
    Regarding debt and dogs, you have a convoluted way of explaining away Obama’s spending and then you try to make Bush look bad in the process. Please, let me hear how you explain the fact that Obama has spent more in his years in office than all previous presidents combined have spent.

  • Carrico named to finance committee

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate has reshuffled its standing committees and the changes give Southwest Virginia, and specifically the Twin County region, representation on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee.
    Republicans have working control of the evenly-divided chamber and they used that advantage last week to install first-term Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) on the powerful Finance Committee.