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Today's News

  • Suspect pleads guilty

    The North Carolina man, accused of robbing the First Citizens bank in Galax last January, pleaded guilty March 9 to robbing a SunTrust bank in Bedford County last February.

    William Smitherman, 20, of Clemmons, N.C., is serving prison time for robbing a First Citizens bank in Roanoke in January 2009.

    Smitherman pleaded guilty in October 2009 to robbing the Roanoke bank and was sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison.

  • Grayson extends school project

    INDEPENDENCE  — Calling it a “bailout” for the local school system, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors will allow the school board to spend up to $16.3 million on Phase I of its facilities improvement plan — but it still won’t be enough.

    Supervisors’ Chairman Larry Bartlett brought the school board’s request to his fellow supervisors during their meeting Thursday night.

  • Worker injured in accidental shooting

    HILLSVILLE — A construction worker was injured by an accidental discharge of a firearm Monday at the U.S. 58 bypass construction site, according to Hillsville police.

    Police have identified the victim of the shooting as Theodore Clayton Fortune, 46, injured after the pistol in his truck accidently went off, according to a press release from the HIllsville Police Department. Carroll EMS responded to the scene to treat the victim, who was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.,

  • Grand jury issues 180 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Three Twin County residents face charges of embezzlement from a local store and obtaining Virginia Lottery money by false pretenses, according to indictments issued by the Carroll County grand jury Monday.

    The indictments name Holly Dawn Kelley of Fancy Gap and Carolyn Kaye Lane and Amy Carrico Roberts, both of Galax, in connection with January 2009 incidents at Blue Ridge Tobacco and Candle in Galax, the court documents state.

    Charges against all three include:

  • School to test for drugs

    HILLSVILLE — Drug testing linked to student counseling starts this month with random screenings of those enrolled in the Regional Alternative Education Center, Carroll educators say.

    The educators, who filled in the Carroll County School Board of their intentions at a March 9 meeting, explained that they hope this pilot program will give students a reason to avoid illicit drug use.

  • Financial forecast stormy in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — There's a storm on the horizon for Grayson County in terms of its financial stability, according to preliminary information from a financial forecast.

    Corbin Stone, of the firm Robinson-Farmer-Cox, was on hand during the Grayson supervisors' meeting last Thursday night to provide the board with a few updates as he works on the county's financial forecast.

    Stone explained that the idea is to look at the county's financial history and begin to project into future years what revenues and expenses the county will likely face.

  • Worker deals with layoff

    MEADOWS OF DAN — Employees let go from a large manufacturer in Meadows of Dan wonder where their next job is going to come from.

    People laid off from RotoMetrics foresee long commutes, or maybe even having to move to find an open position.

  • State spares funding for arts

    Artists and the organizations that promote and educate them breathed easier Monday after learning that the Virginia Commission for the Arts had not been erased entirely from the state budget.

    The House of Delegates originally proposed eliminating funding for the commission, which provides grants to arts organizations throughout the state, but legislators agreed on March 14 to a budget that cuts those grants by 16 percent.

    About 300 arts advocates, including a group from the Twin Counties, flocked to the General Assembly last month to plead for the arts commission.

  • Length of school day unchanged in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Hours of daylight have gotten longer as spring nears, but for now, the length of the Carroll County school day will remain the same.

    Severe winter weather has caused Carroll schools to miss 20 days, to close early six days and to open late seven days, said Superintendent Greg Smith. To make up missed instructional time, he proposed making up instructional time by extending the school day by 30 minutes.

    Extending the school day would provide 16 additional hours of instruction, the superintendent noted.

  • Grant Would Transform Downtown Fries

    FRIES — It may have cost two members of Fries Town Council a spot on the governing body, but a grant application to be filed later this month could transform downtown Fries.

    Council met during a special called meeting Tuesday night to hold a public hearing on the application to the Department of Housing and Community Development.

    Craig Wilson of K.W. Poore & Associates, Inc. was on hand to explain what the grant application would entail.

    The idea is to apply for $1 million to update and renovate various buildings in the downtown district.