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Today's News

  • Truckers roll out to crush cancer

     

    It rained Sept. 29, but it didn’t stop the Sixth Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer that started in Hillsville and ended in Independence. Trucks displayed banners honoring cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease. The parade was led by Virginia State Police and several fire trucks. Festivities included a barbecue lunch at Carroll Elementary, where the parade began. The event raises funds for the Galax/Carroll and Grayson County Relay for Life groups, sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

  • Shaffner takes new job, but continues at chamber

    HILLSVILLE — The executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has accepted a full-time position with a community service organization in Sparta, N.C.
    However, she will still steer the chamber even as she assumes her new job.

  • Town moves on to next manager candidate

    HILLSVILLE — Council members have moved on to the next candidate on their list for Hillsville town manager, after a special meeting Monday.
    Hillsville Town Council was supposed to talk about appointing the members of a hiring panel to assist with the selection of a new police chief, but they didn’t.
    Instead, they went into a closed session for personnel.
    When they came out again about an hour later, Mayor Greg Crowder announced the town manager candidate they offered the position to last week was unable to take it.

  • All voter registration cards should be delivered

    The State Board of Election announced that delivery was completed for about 4.6 million voter registration cards mailed to registered voters during the past two weeks.
    The board encourages voters who did not receive a voter registration card to review their registration record online at www.SBE.Virginia.gov to ensure their information is current and to note any changes to their polling place or precinct due to redistricting.

  • Schools to hold bike safety rodeo

     

  • Mayor to serve as assistant manager

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council held a special meeting on Sept. 17 to discuss a new temporary role for Mayor Butch Reeves.
    Council hired new Town Manager Jerry Hughes in early September, and since that time Reeves has been assisting Hughes with his duties while he becomes acquainted with the position and the town.
    The purpose of the Sept. 17 meeting was to adjust Reeves’ salary cap and allow him to temporarily continue serving as both the mayor and assistant town manager.

  • Local man lost $11,000 in scam

    Police in Hillsville and Independence report new scams targeting local residents.
    The "American Dreams" contest scam already has cost one man $11,000. Other scams involve phone calls from a fake sweepstakes and a bogus "envelope-stuffing" job.
    The Independence Police Department has issued a warning to area residents to beware of a scam that cost an Independence man $11,000.

  • Siblings charged with Cana jewelry theft

    HILLSVILLE — A Winston-Salem, N.C., man who allegedly broke into a home in Cana on Dec. 16, 2011, and evaded capture for about nine months now faces charges through joint police work by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Winston-Salem, Police Department.
    The Carroll Sheriff’s Office received a report from an Ollie McCreary on U.S. 52 near Flower Gap Road in Cana that she had returned home on that day and discovered an African-American man in her house, according to Investigator Kevin Kemp.

  • Virginia to spend $2 million on voter ID compliance

    State election officials will spend nearly $2 million to prepare citizens for compliance with a new voter identification law intended to tamp down on election fraud in Virginia, where its prevalence is questionable.
    Much of that money — $1.36 million — is the cost of printing and mailing voter registration cards to millions of registered Virginia voters, as Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered when he signed the law last May.

  • Crime caught on camera

     

    The Galax Police Department wants to know the identity of this couple caught
    taking merchandise from Walmart late Sunday. They are wanted for grand larceny.
    In the photo from a store security camera, they appear to be carrying electronics out the garden center entrance. Anyone with information as to their identities should call (276) 236-8101, text GALAX to TIP411 to leave an anonymous tip
    or visit the department's Facebook page to fill out an anonymous tip form.