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Today's News

  • Hiss-teria? Snakes reported in store

    FANCY GAP — The Dollar General store in Fancy Gap has re-opened after reports of snakes being found inside the business on Labor Day weekend resulted in the store closing for a day and a half.

    Reports on social media claimed that employees had found everything from a few rat snakes to a den of copperheads. However, representatives from the chain would not comment as to what kind or how many snakes were actually found.

  • Firefighters respond to Weddle St. blaze

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville and Galax firefighters teamed up against a structure fire on Weddle Street in Hillsville on Wednesday afternoon.

    Fire and rescue teams were dispatched to 294 Weddle Street around 1 p.m. for a possible structure fire. On arrival, teams found heavy smoke and flames showing.

    Carroll County EMS was the first group to arrive on scene, according to Hillsville Fire Department Chief Donnie Spangler. A primary search of the residence found no signs of anyone inside the home.

  • Water park idea doesn't float in Fries

    FRIES — Despite a positive initial reaction from town officials, it appears a proposed water park and foster home will not fit with Fries’ master plan and the town’s former mill site next to the New River.

    The woman spearheading the project expressed surprise at Fries Town Council’s change of opinion, after she spent several months planning it out.

    Moving into a new term, members of the Fries Town Council and the town’s new mayor, Richard Farmer, had a lot to tackle at their Sept. 2 meeting.

  • Hillsville man wins $5M in Virginia Lottery

    HILLSVILLE — Imagine being able to choose between receiving a total of $5 million in annual payments over 30 years or a lump sum of $2.7 million before taxes.

    Kenny Sharpe of Hillsville didn’t have to imagine it. That’s the choice he won when he scratched a winning ticket in the Virginia Lottery’s $5,000,000 Cash Blowout game. He selected the cash option.

    Sharpe became the game’s first top-prize winner with a ticket he bought at E-Z Stop, at 105 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.

  • Grayson participates in food drive

    INDEPENDENCE — AARP Virginia and organizations across Virginia are calling upon communities to help supply food banks during a statewide community food drive September 8-15.

    Grayson County TRIAD and the Grayson County Extension Office will collect food at Food City in Independence on Sept. 12 from 8-11 a.m. for local food pantries to help combat hunger.

  • APCo sets Grayson power outage date

    Appalachian Power has scheduled a power outage for several areas in Grayson County on Sept. 14.

    Customers in the Grayson County region can expect an outage lasting as long as 12 hours, while line crews perform repairs and upgrade critical equipment.

    During the outage, some Appalachian customers will lose service for approximately six hours, starting at 6 a.m. that day. Others could lose power for up to 12 hours.

  • Missing man found dead in Floyd

    HILLSVILLE — The Stokes County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office has resolved the case of a missing Danbury, N.C., man who had been traced through the town of Hillsville, according to the missing persons report.

    Capt. Thomas Sands of the sheriff’s office confirmed on Wednesday that Jon Robert Lagergren had been found dead in Floyd, Va. No foul play is suspected.

  • JoyFest on the rise this weekend

    WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch is anticipating a large turnout for JoyFest, the Christian home for children’s annual “friend raiser” this weekend.

    “We’ve promoted it more intensely than ever, and we’re getting a good response,” says Brent Carrick, Joy Ranch Development Coordinator. “We’ve added some new attractions to our already exciting lineup, and it has greatly boosted interest.”

    The event is taking place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • Miss Carroll 2014 crowned

    HILLSVILLE — Frilly-dressed princesses of all ages graced the stage for the 2014 Miss Carroll County beauty pageant at the Carroll County Agricultural Fair.

    Judges had the difficult decision of presenting awards to a selection of the contestants, aged from birth through 19 years old.

    This year’s Miss Carroll County winner is Bethany Welch, a contestant who also practices the science behind beauty as an employee of 58 Salon in Woodlawn. She is also a Skills USA award-winner, having earned a skill point certificate in nail care.

  • Prosecutor opposes evidence suppression

    INDEPENDENCE — A brief has been filed in opposition to a recent motion seeking the suppression of a photographic identification procedure and eyewitness testimony in the Matthew Steven Jones murder trial.