Today's News

  • Ivanhoe man convicted of rape


    HILLSVILLE — An Ivanhoe man, accused of taking advantage of a Mount Rogers Industrial and Developmental Center client in 2008, has been found guilty of two counts of rape in a Carroll County court.

  • Fireworks rescheduled

    Independence has rescheduled its fireworks for Saturday at 10 p.m.

    The show was cancelled Monday night due to weather.

  • Tractor-trailer wreck slows interstate traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Traffic had to slow down on Interstate 77 near the 12 mile marker Wednesday after 4 p.m. after a tractor-trailer overturned on an embankment there.Virginia State Police troopers responded to the scene of the a tractor pulling a double box trailer rig going off the south bound lanes to the right, up an incline and overturned.
    Trooper K.D. Blackburn identified the driver of the 2003 Mack as James Halbert Smith Jr., 53, of Iron Station, N.C.The trooper said that the driver made the statement that he lost control of the tractor-trailer in the rain.

  • Back in the saddle at Joy Ranch


  • Immigration, drugs are top concerns

    Galax community leaders, educators, non-profit and city department representatives rallied together on June 30 to gain insight from U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy, who prosecutes cases in the western district of Virginia for the U.S. District Court.
    Citizens wanted to address some of the area’s leading issues and needs — drugs, immigration concerns, poverty, hunger and abuse.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/6/11


  • Public record for 7/6/11 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carroll goes after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — More Carroll property owners have been convinced to catch up on what they owe in back taxes, the county attorney says.
    Jim Cornwell has been collecting delinquent taxes for the county, and he puts the amount in taxes, penalties and interest at $103,462.
    That number has risen from Cornwell’s report at the June 13 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    That figure does not include attorney or administration fees or other costs, he stressed. Those fees are covered by the taxpayer being billed.

  • Sheriff presents annual report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan recently released a summary report for the sheriff’s office for 2010-2011.
    In addition to deputies responding to 3,934 calls for service, the sheriff’s office had a busy year with 6,753 warrants served (1,040 criminal and 5,713 civil).
    The department recorded 160 felony charges in investigations alone.
    Drug arrests remained on the rise with, 161 charges stemming from 71 offenders.  
    Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 113.

  • New state laws in effect