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Today's News

  • Leaving child in hot car can be deadly

    As temperatures climb during the summer and early fall months, stories of children dying in cars from heat stroke are cropping up in areas all over the country.

    So far this year, according to kidsandcars.org, 16 children nationwide have suffered heat-related deaths after being left in the car, which experts say is less than half of the typical yearly average.

  • P.U.S.H.-ed to Conviction

    “It just happened in 2007. I was drunk, intoxicated, high. I walked into a gas station convenience store. It was in Florida. I walked behind the counter. The clerk thought I was trying to rob the place.”

    The teller of this particular tale is a 36-year-old former convict, explaining when he hit bottom.

  • Cooley named Hillsville's citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Greg Crowder presented the Town of Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month award to Raleigh Minor Cooley at the June 23 meeting.

    Although Cooley was unavailable to attend the meeting that evening due to health reasons, Crowder took a moment to summarize Cooley’s accomplishments to those in attendance.

    Cooley graduated from Hillsville High School in 1941, and worked and paid his way through William & Mary College. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in April, 1943, and served for almost three years aboard the U.S.S. Halford.

  • F.A.S.T. Camp set for this weekend

    The Galax High School football program will host a F.A.S.T. Camp on July 11-12.

    F.A.S.T. is a group of former collegiate and professional football players and other athletes dedicated to developing the physical and mental skills of young athletes. The group has helped produce some top high school athletes through focusing on Fitness, Agility, Strength and Technique.

  • Public record for 7/9/14 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 March 13-24 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville.

  • Two arrested in Fancy Gap for drug, weapons violations

    HILLSVILLE — Two people were arrested in Fancy Gap on June 25, on drug and weapons charges.

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force received information from the New River Valley Drug Task Force on June 25, and executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community, according to a report from Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized from the location, according to his report.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/9/14

    Running a tab
    Concerning the $30,000 owed for school meals, when Carroll County teachers don’t pay for their own kids’ meals and run an outstanding balance, why do they expect anybody else to pay?

    Losing appeal

  • Farmer named Fries mayor

    FRIES — A short and sweet meeting of the Fries Town Council was held to clean up this year’s budget, and put council members in their appropriate seats for their new terms on July 1.

    Two members of council were replaced this year during the May elections.

    Richard Farmer was chosen by voters this year over former mayor Gary Sumner.

    Incumbent council member Jerry McCormick tied with challenger Marie Isom, but he decided to concede his seat after the results were made official.

  • Hillsville still dealing with chief's departure

    HILLSVILLE — One week after the Hillsville Police Chief Greg Bolen announced that he would be resigning from his position, effective the week of July 14, there are no definitive plans in place to hire a new chief to fill the vacancy.

    Citing town politics and rumors about his possible firing as the reason behind his exit, Bolen turned in his notice on June 30 and took the slightly more than two weeks of vacation time he had built up.

  • Supervisor opts out of Wildwood vote

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors voted to provide the county’s share in a security bond for a Virginia Department of Transportation grant to construct an industrial access road to the future Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County, but one supervisor stood in the middle of the road in the decision, and abstained from the 4-0 vote.