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Today's News

  • New chief plans changes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — There’s one main idea that Chief Greg Bolen wants to enforce about the Hillsville Police Department — that it’s a part of the community.
    In the coming months, the department will have more police walking the beat, bike patrols will return to the streets, officers will assist with keeping school zones safe and the agency will launch a Facebook page. The goal of these programs is grounding policing and public safety efforts in the community.
    It all goes back to the fact that the department exists to serve, Bolen said.

  • Besieged By Buzzards

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Groups of black silhouettes circle the air over the hospital and hover around local businesses and residences, roosting in trees and giving some people the creeps.
    During the winter months, scavenger bird sightings in the Twin County area have become more common. As vultures and buzzards settle in for their long winter’s nap, the community is not feeling quite as comfortable.

  • Some pets returned to owner in animal abuse case

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The court reached a decision on Dec. 3 regarding Michelle Cole of Galax, who faced a total of 46 charges related to animal abuse, according to court records.
    Charges were filed after Galax Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant responded to a complaint on Sept. 28, 2012, from the owner of a rental property on Academy Drive.

  • Carroll schools aren't cool

    HILLSVILLE — If there’s a single issue getting Carroll schools leaders hot under the collar about the phase III construction projects, it’s misfiring heating and cooling units at the intermediate school.
    Architect Randy Baker reported to the Carroll School Board last Monday that, during a visit to CCIS earlier in the day, he found one room hovering at 91 degrees.
    “It’s pretty warm, so something’s just not correct,” Baker said.

  • Educators eager to show off school renovations

    HILLSVILLE — As construction on Carroll high and intermediate schools wraps up, educators look forward to inviting the public in to see the upgrades.
    Most of the contractor’s trucks have moved on to other projects as the workers’ to-do list has shrunk to things like pouring the terrazzo floors in the entranceway at the high school and digging a retention pond at the intermediate school, along with other various odds and ends, said Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.

  • A look back at 2012 in Carroll County

    Sam Dickson is chairman of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors

  • Cavs win, Devils fall to Floyd at Harman Classic

    FLOYD –– Carroll County built a 15-point lead by halftime and went on to defeat defending Division 3 state champion Christiansburg 59-50 Saturday in the Chance Harman Classic at Floyd County High School.

    The Cavaliers (11-0) bolted to a 20-7 lead after one quarter and took a 34-19 lead into halftime.

    Ryan Gravley scored 17 points to lead Carroll County, Cody Keith had 12 points and Connor Lundy added 10 points. Christiansburg (2-9) was paced by 19 points from Joey Augustin.

  • Carroll cold against Bassett

    HILLSVILLE –– At least Carroll County can’t chalk up Monday’s loss to  poor shot selection.

    The Cavaliers repeatedly got open looks right under the basket, but getting those chippies to fall was the problem as Bassett took advantage of an unusually cold shooting night by Carroll to get away with a 46-35 nondistrict win.

    Carroll County missed 21 times from under the bucket – more than half of those coming in the first quarter – and trailed by as many as 18 points before seeing a late charge run out of steam.

  • Cavaliers 13-0 after wins over Tazewell, Pulaski

    TAZEWELL –– Carroll County got off to a hot start but had to hold off a late Tazewell comeback attempt before pulling away for an 83-64 win in a Southwest District boys’ game Tuesday.

    The Cavaliers remained unbeaten on the year at 12-0 and improved to 2-0 in SWD play.

    Carroll knocked down five 3-pointers in the game’s first six minutes and crafted a 37-20 lead by halftime. Tazewell (6-7, 0-1) battled back and trailed just 48-42 late in the third quarter before the Cavaliers regained the momentum with a 14-0 run.

  • Fort Chiswell overpowers Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– Galax took a slim lead into the second quarter before Fort Chiswell took over and the Pioneers pulled away for a 50-36 win in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Tuesday.

    Galax (1-8 overall, 0-2 MED) opened the game by hitting five of its first 12 shots from the floor, including a putback by Chase Garvey to open the second quarter, giving the Maroon Tide a 12-8 lead. But Galax would miss its next 14 field goal attempts, a dry spell that would stretch into the midpoint of the third quarter.