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  • Public record for March 28, 2018 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in November of 2017, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 3/28/18

    Dictator in D.C.
    President Trump is firing anyone that has any common sense. All he wants in office is someone that agrees with him. If that is not a dictator, I don’t know what one is.

    Mr. Pothole

  • Police say man threatened to blow up trailer

    CANA – A man with an extensive previous criminal record was arrested again by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department on March 6, after allegedly threatening to blow up his trailer and the deputy there serving a warrant.

    Ralph Ernest Hall, 58, of Cana is being held without bond after being charged with assault of law enforcement officer, a Class 6 felony; and other charges.

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 50

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned indictments against 50 individuals when it met on March 19.

    An indictment is not a conviction, but means the jury found sufficient evidence to advance the case to trial.

    Many of the charges involved possession of methamphetamine.

    Those indicted include:

    • Bryce Edward Absher, 35, of Sparta, N.C.; shoplifting (third offense);

    • Charly Faustino Adame, 28, of Woodlawn; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Shentel to build local cell towers

    Staff Report

    The Sprint affiliate Shentel announced it has built new cellular sites in Galax, Hillsville and Independence to provide and enhance coverage in Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The new cell sites are equipped to provide 4G LTE, which means clearer signals, fewer dropped calls and faster download speeds to offer customers a better experience when calling, texting or streaming video, the company said.

  • Flaccavento qualifies for primary ballot

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Anthony Flaccavento’s campaign has submitted all of the necessary documents, including voter petitions, to appear on the ballot for the 9th District Democratic primary on June 12.

    The Abingdon candidate is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November.

  • Readers Hotline 3/26/18

    Great place
    I would like to comment about the Galax Recreation Center. This is one of the nicest facilities I have visited. The employees and management are always friendly and helpful and the activities offered are for all ages.

    Do something

  • Former county administrator charged

    HILLSVILLE — Investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in a drug charge against William E. “Billy” Mitchell Jr., the county’s former administrator.

    An indictment returned by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on March 19 formally charges Mitchell with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Police said the investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges, based on evidence acquired during the case.

  • Art school receives state honor

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has been recognized by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as one of the 50 outstanding arts entities in the commonwealth.

    Chris Pollins, CCSA executive director, spoke about the honor and offered an update on the school’s progress at the March 12 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • General store makes the best of cold weather

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — In the shadow of a winter that won’t seem to quit, Grayson Highlands General Store and Inn in the Mouth of Wilson community, a short drive from Grayson Highlands State Park, has added new features to help locals and tourists enjoy snowy weather.

    Dennis Conroy, general store owner, said the store expanded to include ski and snowshoe equipment to rent or purchase.