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Today's News

  • Galax police armor up

    The steel gray Lenco armored vehicle that rolled through Galax on Wednesday for the first time will be housed by the Galax Police Department and used within the region as an incident response vehicle.
    The Galax Police Department received a $251,792 grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program to buy the vehicle to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats.

  • Breakin' Up Christmas: An Appalachian Tradition

    Over a half century ago, people in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina celebrated Christmas with house parties that included old-time string music, song and dance over a period of two weeks during the holiday season.

    “Breakin’ Up Christmas” is both a name for the 12 days of partying, dancing and music-making after the holiday, and a song sung during that period.

  • Public record for 1/5/11 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Fortners celebrate anniversary

    Gilbert and Betty Fortner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 23, 2010.
    They were married Dec. 23, 1950, in York, S.C.
    Their children honored them with a celebration dinner at Shatley Springs Nov. 25.

    Attending were Phyllis and Kenneth Pierce, Aaron Pierce and children Madison and Blake; Roland and Laura Fortner, Jack and Lily; James Fortner; Sandra and Terry Knowlton and sons, Chuck, John and Mike Knowlton.

  • Littrell to lead Carroll supervisors

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors made their 2010 vice chair the 2011 chairman and shifted the start of their regular meetings to one hour earlier at their organizational meeting Monday.
    The supervisors met briefly first thing and unanimously promoted Tom Littrell to the chairman's position.
    Having turned the meeting over to the county administrator, outgoing Chairman Wes Hurst made Littrell's nomination.

  • Grant will help Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — Before appropriating an additional $622,000 federal grant to the Carroll schools last month, the county supervisors first had some questions for the superintendent.
    One month after the supervisors said they would require categorical funding for the schools, Superintendent Greg Smith appeared before the county board at its December meeting about receiving a portion of the federal jobs grant.

  • Prosecutor will seek re-election

    HILLSVILLE — As the filing date for the Carroll County Republican Primary nears, the commonwealth's attorney has announced his intention to run for re-election.
    Greg Goad has served as commonwealth's attorney of Carroll County for nearly 20 years.

    Filing for the May 21 preferential primary begins Jan. 10 at noon.
    Registration will continue until Jan. 24 at noon.
    "I'll be seeking my sixth four-year term," Goad said.

  • Family holding benefit for 8-month-old burn victim

    A Grayson County infant is being treated for third-degree burns, and his family is looking for help paying bills and covering expenses as they stay by his side at a hospital in Ohio.
    Jayden McCraw, eight months old, has burns that cover his body from his chest to his knees, according to his aunt, Elena Smith of Galax.

  • Prison in deep freeze

    INDEPENDENCE — As John Garman walks the hallways and cellblocks of Virginia's newest prison, he is met at every turn by eerie silence.
    Prisons are noisy places, and by now this sprawling, 1,024-bed complex should be a cacophony of buzzing electronic gates, metal clanking on metal, and hundreds of voices raised above the din.

  • AmerLink, Carroll closer to settlement

    WILSON, N.C. — Negotiations between Carroll County and AmerLink's bankruptcy trustee are wrapping up with the parties sending the final piece of the settlement to the court for approval.
    Just before Christmas, attorneys filed a motion in federal court to approve the settlement between Pro-Form Construction, AmerLink and Carroll for the 32 acres of land that acted as an incentive in the economic development deal for the log homes company to create 200 jobs.