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Today's News

  • Creating the future

    Sometimes the realization of years of planning and working and dreaming are not announced with fireworks or fanfare.

    Sometimes, you just realize that a long-promised change in the state of things has happened.

    Such is the case with Galax's mission to become a "cultural district," a community devoted to the visual and performing arts, centered around the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts downtown.

    The school is still months away from its grand opening, but already there's a feeling in the air, an electricity sparked by creative minds.

  • Davis waives hearing in drug/firearm case

    HILLSVILLE — A Galax man facing drug and gun charges waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Carroll County General District Court on Tuesday.

    Autreyhue Dane Davis faces charges of possession of a gun with a schedule I or II drug, distribution of marijuana and manufacturing a schedule I or II drug after a search of a residence at 204 Cross Ridge Lane by the Virginia State Police and the Twin County Drug Task Force, according to court records.

  • Grayson man dies in fire

    WHITETOP — A Whitetop man died after a fire broke out in his home early Wednesday morning.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Herman Dean Rupard, 70, of 15971 Highlands Parkway, was found deceased in his home after neighbors spotted flames underneath his mobile home.

    Vaughan said the power went off in the Whitetop community about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, and Rupard had apparently retrieved a kerosene heater to warm his home.

    Investigators believe Rupard put some fuel in the heater — spilling some near where it stood — and then went back to bed.

  • Citizens divided on dog proposal

    HILLSVILLE — A nuisance animal law proposal will continue to dog the Carroll supervisors until January, when a public hearing will be held.

    As conceived, the proposed ordinance would provide a way for homeowners to deal with bothersome dogs that trespass on their land. Under the proposal, they could make a complaint to the animal control officer and take the offending animal owner into court.

  • Walker found guilty

    Sharon Walker of Fries, a former Waddell Nursing & Rehab certified nursing assistant, was found guilty in General District Court on Monday for taking pictures of nursing home residents while they were undressed.

    Waddell Nursing & Rehab called investigators in July after they received an anonymous note from employees stating that Walker and another former Waddell can, Livia Crisan — also charged in the case — were taking inappropriate pictures of patients with their cell phones and showed them to others.

    Both were terminated on July 27.

  • Regional water system gets $800,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia-Carolina Water Authority has received additional funding to complete a regional water system between the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.

    Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency, has provided a total of $800,000 in additional funding to the authority to further the construction of the new water system.

    Last month, the authority awarded the final five contracts, putting the project $784,385 over budget.

  • Out of the box

    HILLSVILLE — Without the social aspect of tutoring at Out of the Box, eighth and ninth graders from Carroll County Intermediate School might not spend an extra 90 minutes being so studious on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The school system recently teamed up with community partner First United Methodist Church of Hillsville, using the church's youth ministry space set up in the Main Street storefront that formerly housed the Ben Franklin five and dime store.

  • Making the Grade in Fries

    The Grayson County School System is making every effort possible to achieve accreditation division-wide, an undertaking that should earn them some “extra credit” on their school report card.

    The school system has only one school remaining — Fries Middle — to achieve that goal.

    With less than 40 schools throughout Virginia fully accredited for the 2009-10 school year, the school administrators know the importance of achieving this goal, and they have responded.

  • Murder appeal fails

    The Virginia Court of Appeals saw no cause to set aside the convictions of murder against a 23-year-old Carroll man in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court after a two-day trial found Clinton Eric Burke guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

    The jury also found Burke guilty of five related charges, including three counts of use of a firearm, the malicious wounding of Amanda Bond and burglary from the home.

  • Bassett speaks out at AEP hearing

    ROCKY MOUNT — Speaker after speaker passionately, pleadingly or sometimes testily implored the Virginia State Corporation Commission last Thursday to take action that current state law is unlikely to allow — that they fully reject or drastically reduce another rate increase proposed this year by Appalachian Power Co. that would further increase customers' electric bills.