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Today's News

  • State police investigating Carroll commissioner

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Commissioner of the Revenue Frances Zimmerman, 56, of Hillsville, was charged by the Virginia State Police with three counts of computer invasion of privacy.

    According to a state police press release on Aug. 24, “the charges stem from the illegal accessing of protected information from a state government database and then disseminating that protected information to another individual.”

    State police said the investigation began in April, but did not say what kind of information was accessed or to whom it was given.

  • Dinged, but dominant

    STUART – Carroll County was looking for its first shutout since 2011. Nobody in silver and blue was too heartbroken when that fell by the wayside with 11 seconds to play.

  • Woman shot after alleged machete attack

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― An Independence woman was arrested Friday after she was reportedly shot at a residence by the homeowner; who told police she was damaging property and threatening them with two machetes.

    On Aug. 25 at 11:09 a.m. authorities responded to a report of a shooting on Fulton Road near Independence.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, deputies found Kathy Hines, 59, of Fulton Road laying in her neighbor’s driveway with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

  • Woman shot at residence, airlifted

    INDEPENDENCE ― Police and rescue workers responded to a report of a shooting Friday morning at a residence on Fulton Road in Independence.

    EMTs transported a 59-year-old woman who was shot once in the left shoulder, according to police reports. A landing zone for a medical helicopter was set up at Grayson Express off U.S. 58 and the woman was flown out for treatment.

    Police responded to a call that said an intruder had been shot at the residence.

    The Grayson County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

  • Mistrial declared in murder case

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Lee Harrell declared a mistrial on Wednesday in the murder case of Greyling Wayne “Beany” Davis.

    Davis, of Galax, allegedly shot two people in the Fairview section of Grayson County in 2016. His ex-girlfriend, Karen Cates, 41, died; David Patton was wounded.

    Davis’ trial for first-degree murder was set to begin Aug. 23. The declaration came at the request of Davis’s defense attorney, Jonathon Venzie, and was agreed to by Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

  • Hodges found not guilty of factory sabotage

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – It took a grand jury about 10 minutes Wednesday to decide the fate of a Galax man accused of causing $1 million in damages through sabotage of a furniture plant.

    Cory Dean Hodges, 28, was charged with statutory burglary and destruction of property following an incident that occurred at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax on Feb. 3, 2016.

  • Va. voters could help decide fate of Confederate monuments

    Landmark News Service

    Lawmakers in Virginia will have an opportunity next year to decide whether to make it easier for local governments to remove Confederate monuments, to clarify the law to make it more difficult to do so, or to leave the law as it is.

    Statewide elections in November could help determine if the law changes.

  • Churches strive to heal hate

    HILLSVILLE — Churches in Carroll County united last week to speak out against racism and the rise of white supremacist groups, in the wake of a rally in Charlottesville that broke into violence, leaving one woman dead.

    Hillsville Christian Church hosted a “Prayer Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Aug. 17, led by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore.

  • Traffic stops lead to drugs, stolen vehicle

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department made recent arrests for drug violations and a stolen vehicle, according to a report issued by Chief Wesley Yonce.

    Yonce reported on activities between July 27-Aug. 13 at Hillsville Town Council’s Aug. 14 meeting.

    On July 27, Investigator Alan Gravley stopped a 2003 GMS pickup and arrested driver Darwin Wengerd, 23, for driving with a revoked license.

    During a search of the vehicle, Gravley found drug paraphernalia, the report said. The vehicle was towed.

  • Citizens speak on behalf of former coach

    INDEPENDENCE – More citizens attended the Grayson County School Board’s Aug. 14 meeting in a continuing expression of support of former coach Charles Campbell.

    Campbell, a long-time eighth grade head baseball coach, and a full-time assistant with the varsity team for the first time this past spring, was not renewed as the assistant varsity baseball coach earlier this year. During the school board’s June meeting, Campbell was relieved of his duties with the varsity with a 4-1 vote from the board.