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Today's News

  • She's four

    Cassidy “Cassie” Lynne Marshall turned 4 on July 23. Her birthday was celebrated with a Minnie Mouse river party. She is the daughter of Joseph and Chrissy Marshall.

    She is the little sister to Izzie and big sister to Briley Marshall. Her grandparents are Randy and Kim Bell and Dennis and Opie Marshall. Her great-grandparents are M.C. and Irene Bell, the late Verna Liddle, O’Neal and O’Needa Terry and the late Virgil and Patty Marshall.

  • Public record for 8/12/15 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 November of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Victim airlifted after wreck

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man was airlifted with injuries on Sunday, following a wreck in front of Independence Elementary School.

    According to a report from State Trooper P.K. Cheek, the wreck occurred at 8:35 p.m. on Aug. 9. A 2002 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Christopher James Cox, 35, was traveling west on U.S. 58 near Industrial Lane in front of the elementary school, when Cox tried to pass another vehicle on the left.

  • Road tractor catches fire at Independence Lumber

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE – A road tractor at Independence Lumber Company was unoccupied on July 31 when an engine fire called a quick response to the scene.

    According to Independence Fire Department Capt. Matthew Adams, firefighters were dispatched at 2:17 a.m. to Independence Lumber. Four trucks and 10 firefighters arrived on scene, where they found the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer completely involved.

  • Lady Cavs honored for winning state title

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 13-20 as Lady Cavaliers Week at its July meeting, in honor of the Carroll County High School (CCHS) Lady Cavalier Softball team.

    During the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Phil McCraw read a resolution aloud, reviewing the undefeated team’s accomplishments.

  • Fries fiddlers' convention is Aug. 14-15

    FRIES — The 49th Annual Fries Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday and Saturday at the old Providence Elementary School Grounds/Jamie Hyatt Arena.

    The arena is at 56 Bainbridge Road in Fries, at the intersection with Spring Valley Road.

    Friday night’s competition will begin at 7 p.m. and includes guitar, old-time fiddle, bluegrass fiddle, old-time banjo, mandolin, Autoharp, flatfoot dance, bluegrass bands and old-time bands.

    Saturday’s Youth Competition will begin at 3 p.m. and includes all adult categories.

  • Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention 2015 Winners

    Winners of the 80th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 3-8, 2015, in Felts Park, included:

    Best All-Around Perfomer

    Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va. — Old-Time Fiddle

    Old-Time Fiddle

    1. Jake Krack, Marlington, W.Va.

    2. Jacob Bowen, State Road, N.C.

    3. Richard Bowman, Mount Airy, N.C.

    4. Billy Hurt, Boones Mill

    5. Henry Barnes, Columbus, Ohio

    6. Ivy Phillips, Chapmansboro, Tenn.

    7. Rex McGee, King, N.C.

  • Fries looks for new home for mill bell

    FRIES — A plan to relocate the historic Fries bell has hit a snag, as town council members question the status of the primary location they had in mind.

    The big bell called workers to the Washington Mills in Fries for decades. It was taken down when the old cotton mill was demolished several years ago.

    In July, Council Member Marie Isom said that a town marketing plan created by Kitty Barker called for getting the old mill bell on a new foundation where everyone could enjoy it.

  • Chaplains comfort victims, first responders

    When tragedy strikes a community, it leaves a mark that can’t be seen.

    The pictures of tragedy are all unique, but whether the scene is a house fire, an interstate crash, a community ravaged by a flood or tornado or a search for a missing child, numerous lives are exposed to emotional, spiritual and even physical stress as a result. Not only are victims impacted by the devastation, but also the community around them, and even first responders feel the ache of tragedy long after the fires are put out, the accidents are cleared, and the storms pass.

  • Prosecutor probes school finances

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught on Friday confirmed that he has been consulted “regarding allegations involving the Grayson County School system,” specifically financial records and accounting.

    Vaught said in a statement sent to local newspapers that an investigation is underway.