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Today's News

  • Fugitive sought in Carroll

    A 36-year-old Fries man whom U.S. Marshals searched for Friday and Saturday in western Carroll County remained at large on Monday.
    The U.S. District Court in Greensboro issued a warrant for Jonathan Reed Stiltner's arrest Dec. 1 after he failed to appear for sentencing before Judge William Osteen Jr., according to court records.
    Stiltner, described as being 5'9", 170 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, eluded the marshals Friday and Saturday, said Tommy Slemp, supervisor for the U.S. Marshals Abingdon office.

  • Plan would protect farming

    CANA — Carroll County farmers can continue to farm their land, even if the proposed comprehensive plan shows them in the planned growth area, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent told a gathering at the Cana Fire Department last Tuesday.

  • 300 turn out to protest taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 300 Grayson County taxpayers braved torrential downpours and frigid temperatures to protest the county's 2010 tax increase during a citizens' meeting Nov. 30.
    While the meeting was supposed to be one where citizens voiced ideas and shared information about the county's real estate assessment and taxation process, a majority of those in attendance focused more on voicing their complaints.
    They believe the 2010 reassessments were inaccurate.

  • Lundy’s hot hand lifts Cavaliers in season opener

     HILLSVILLE –– Welcome to the varsity, Mr. Lundy.

    Freshman Conner Lundy knocked down seven 3-pointers in his first varsity game Wednesday, leading Carroll County to a 67-49 win over Patrick County in the season opener for both teams.

    Lundy finished with 21 points for the Cavaliers, who got a game-high 24 points from sophomore Ryan Gravley. Wes Smoot tossed in 11.

  • BRCC ladies close 2010 season

     The Blue Ridge Country Club Ladies’ Golf Association ended its 2010 season with its annual Memorial Tournament, and Mary Jane Carico was the tournament champion with a net score of 67.

  • Neely named best in Southwest

     HILLSVILLE –– If Maleah Neely couldn’t do it, it probably didn’t need doing.

    A Jill-of-all-trades for the Carroll County volleyball team, Neely was an easy choice for the Southwest District’s player of the year award, handed down following the conclusion of the 2010 season recently.

    She headlines a first team that includes three Cavaliers among the top six players in the league.

  • Grayson cuffs G-Men

     INDEPENDENCE –– With Graham set to move into the Mountain Empire District next fall, a trip by the G-Men to Grayson County was a good opportunity for the MED to see what it had to look forward to.

    Graham got a pretty good idea of what it might expect, as well.

    Grayson County battled through a late Graham surge and answered with one of its own to knock off the G-Men 77-66 in a nondistrict boys’ game Wednesday.

    It was the season opener for both schools.

  • Officers rescue woman from flood waters

    Two Galax police officers helped to rescue a stranded motorist on Tuesday in rising waters on Creekview Drive, during heavy rains that dumped several inches of water on the area.
    Galax Police Department responded to a call of a woman stranded in her automobile on Creekview Drive at 6:26 a.m.
    Upon their arrival, responding officers observed a vehicle trapped by rising water. Officers Chris Hines and Andrew Burnett entered the flood waters up to their waist in 30-degree temperatures and rescued Lisa Frost of Galax from her vehicle.

  • Duties upheld on imported Chinese furniture

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to maintain duties on Chinese furniture imports will help combat China’s unfair trade practices, Virginia’s U.S. Sen. James Webb said this week.
    In testimony submitted to the commission review hearing in October, Webb warned that “dumping” practices are putting Virginia manufacturers on “a knife’s edge” and that failure to counter them could lead to “the point where the furniture industry in Virginia is only history.”

  • Hunter says shooting was no accident

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The victim of a Thanksgiving Day shooting in Gambetta says a man with a rifle targeted him intentionally.
    Larry Lundy, speaking on the phone while recovering at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, told The Gazette he had set up his blind along the power lines to watch for deer passing through the open right of way on Nov. 25.
    Lundy wore blaze orange and his blind was open at the time.
    He watched a pickup go over a hill in the area and out of sight. Later Lundy saw a man walking over the hill.