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Today's News

  • Carroll medics honored

    HILLSVILLE — Snow and ice didn't keep two Carroll County medics from providing professional and caring assistance to a resident who had been stranded in the cold for hours last Feb. 13.
    At a county supervisors’ meeting July 12, emergency medical physician Daune Angell highly praised the attention and care demonstrated by Carroll Fire & Rescue personnel during poor weather in February.

  • Musician named director of Crooked Road

    Jack Hinshelwood, an award-winning musician from Shawsville, has been named the new executive director of the Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

  • Jobless benefits to resume soon

    RICHMOND — Congress' decision to extend federal unemployment compensation through November means that scores of jobless Virginians whose benefits began lapsing in June will continue to receive payments, including retroactive ones.
    But some may have to wait several days, or even weeks, to get the money, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

  • Cana man charged with break-ins

    A 29-year-old Cana man has been charged in connection with several daytime break-ins that occurred in the Fancy Gap and Cana sections of Carroll County, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
    Robert Lee Adkins of Dalton Drive was charged with two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, one count of breaking and entering in the nighttime, three counts of grand larceny and one count of possessing firearms while being a convicted felon, according to a sheriff's department press release on Friday.

  • School opening delayed in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Public Schools will open one week later than anticipated as completion of the turning lanes for the new Grayson Highlands School looms.
    Division Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas requested the delay at a special called meeting Monday night.
    “The school board approved revisions of our 2010-11 school calendar,” Thomas told The Gazette on Tuesday, meaning that the opening of school all opening activities will be moved ahead seven days.

  • Kennedy pleads guilty to drug charge

    ROANOKE — The last of several Twin County residents implicated in an illegal drug case pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    With Kenneth Joe Kennedy signing a plea agreement in federal court, prosecutors have netted convictions against three Galax residents and two Hillsville men in 2010.

  • Charges pending against driver

    Juanita Burnette of Galax was traveling east on Stuart Drive on July 22 when she came upon a work zone maintained by American Electric Power, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    She tried to merge into the left lane and struck Mary Smith of Hillsville, also traveling east.

    After she hit Smith’s vehicle, she hit an AEP truck and her vehicle overturned.

    Charges are pending against Burnette.

  • Two charged with thefts from vehicles

    Two Galax men have been arrested and charged with four counts of grand larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle.
    Rhyan Lee Isom and David W. Rodriguez, both age 18, were charged on July 22 with breaking in to four cars parked in residences' driveways. All the vehicles were left unlocked, with valuables in plain sight, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
    The suspects took $3,000 worth of items — most of which have been recovered. The items stolen included cash, credit cards and electronic devices.

  • Church sets 'The Lamb's Table'

    INDEPENDENCE — The table is set and waiting for those in need of a home-cooked meal.
    On July 20, Independence First United Methodist Church — with assistance from area churches, organizations and volunteers — began offering “The Lamb's Table,” a Tuesday night supper at the church's fellowship hall from 5-6:30 p.m.

  • Carroll working with RV resort developer

    HILLSVILLE — Planning officials in Carroll continue to work with a luxury RV resort development next to the New River Trail State Park.
    Chestnut Creek RV Estates' request for a lot size variance came before the Carroll planning commission July 15, and the commission discussed the matter for about 30 minutes, according to Ronald Newman, assistant county administrator.