Today's News

  • Police call for tougher firearms background checks

    The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and other law enforcement organizations are seeking tougher background checks on firearms buyers.
    The association and the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence said they want to ensure that criminals already prohibited by law from possessing guns also are prevented from obtaining them.

  • Carroll citizens push for new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County have a pool and should the question be put on the election ballot in a referendum this fall?
    That’s what Supervisor Bob Martin asked other officials at Monday’s county board meeting.
    Interest in putting a public pool back in service in Carroll County arose shortly after Lisa Payne Delp dedicated a Facebook group to the topic July 7.

  • Tornow, Bays marry

    David and Susi Tornow of Galax announce the marriage of their daughter, Katherine Valler, to Dustin Gene Bays, son of Donnie and Nancy Bays of Weber City.

    The bride was graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of arts degree and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work.
    She is employed as a mental health clinician at Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare.
    The groom received a bachelor of science degree from Emory & Henry College.
    He is employed as director of internal audit at the Bank of Botetourt.

  • Public record for 7/18/12 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 May 17-June 22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/18/12

    It’s your responsibility
    I’m calling in regard to “hire a lawyer.” Yes, you do have to pay your back child support whether you get custody of your kids or not. It is your responsibility. It is what you already owed before you had custody of the kids. So, yes, you do still have to pay your back child support.

    Bad math

  • UPDATED — More blasting planned for I-77 in Carroll


  • Patrick Smith named new Declaration editor


    INDEPENDENCE — Patrick H. Smith has been named the new editor of The Declaration.

    He succeeds former editor Tina E. Vaughn, who is pursuing a career as a fiction writer. Vaughan had her first novel, “No Sweeter Love,” published earlier this year and is working on a follow-up.

    Some of Smith's work will also appear in The Gazette, a sister publication of The Declaration.

  • Human remains found in well

    LAMBSBURG — After days of digging to reach the bottom of a 40-foot well in Carroll County, police confirmed on Monday that they found human remains inside.
    Law enforcement agencies converged on a spot in southern Carroll County last week to excavate a three-foot-wide, hand-dug well after a suspect in a North Carolina criminal case reported that a body was hidden there.

  • BBQ crews heading to Galax for state contest

    Experience “BBQ With Altitude” this weekend at the 8th Annual Smoke on the  Mountain event in downtown Galax — Virginia’s official state barbecue championship.
    The event will run July 20-21, and the food, music and fun goes all day, from 10 a.m. to midnight.
    Galax has always been known for pleasing the ear as the world’s capitol of bluegrass and old-time music, and its natural beauty is a feast for the eyes. With Smoke on the Mountain, the city adds the smells and tastes of barbecue to its symphony for the senses.

  • U.S. Open finish reverberates to Carroll County

    When it comes to professional golf, everybody has his or her favorite major.

    There are those who prefer The Open Championship – the British Open – because it’s played at or near the birthplace of the game, the weather can be a beast (na’ wind, na’ golf, a Scot will say) and because the courses are so different from their American counterparts.

    Some fancy The Masters simply because of the allure and the indescribable magnificence of Augusta National.