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Today's News

  • Four sought in passing of counterfeit bills

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is on the lookout for four people suspected of passing counterfeit money at the Dollar General Store in Hillsville.

    According to a report from Sgt. Alan Gravley, two black females and two black males dressed as females entered the store on June 29, at approximately 5:30 p.m., where they passed off four counterfeit $100 bills.
    "The group appeared to be together," said Gravley, who received images of the suspects from the store's surveillance cameras.

  • Carroll serves up meal plan changes

    HILLSVILLE — Policy changes concerning the school nutrition program at Carroll County Public Schools were approved last week, in order to prevent future abuse of student meal plan accounts.

    The previous policy allowed unlimited charges for students who couldn’t pay for their meals at school. This lenient practice resulted in the accumulation of a negative balance totaling more than $41,000 in recent years.

  • Fourth of July Festivities

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence wants to focus on recognizing and thanking veterans for their military service during its annual Fourth of July celebration, which the town will host Friday.

    To commemorate Independence Day, the town will offer a parade, themed “Thank You for Our Freedom,” followed by family activities, food and free concerts in the Independence Town Park until a fireworks finale commences at 10 p.m.

  • Hillsville police chief resigns

    HILLSVILLE — When soon-to-be-former Chief Greg Bolen of the Hillsville Police Department posted a photo of himself posed as Captain America on Facebook, he wasn’t aware of the impact it would make — besides drawing out a few chuckles, likes and shares.

    “Anyone who knows me knows that I’m interested in comic books and superheroes, and I did this sort of thing to try to bring a different feel to [the department],” he said.

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  • New state laws take effect July 1

    Several new state laws, passed by the 2014 session of the General Assembly, are likely to affect the daily lives of Virginia citizens. The state Division of Legislative Services put together a list of legislation that has been signed by the governor and, for the most part, will go into effect on July 1.

    Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Galax native named state Director of Family Services

    “I think always my goal ever since I started is that we serve children and families at every point we touch their lives,” said Galax native Carl Ayers, of his career in social work.

    As Floyd County’s director of social services, he’s clearly made a good impression doing just that; the state is ready for him to assume his new position as the director of the Division of Family Services under the Virginia Department of Social Services.

    Ayers, a resident of Woodlawn, said he starts on July 10 and will relocate to Richmond.

  • Old plant could grow into 'food hub'

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert Smith, representing Grayson LandCare, approached Independence Town Council at its June 10 meeting about the possibility of leasing the old Robert Shaw building.

    Town council bought the former manufacturing plant building in March 2012.

    Smith told council members that the number of food growers in Southwest Virginia has expanded enough to warrant the hiring of support personnel to provide logistics, facilities and marketing to take advantage of economics of scale, shared capital equipment and wholesale buyers.

  • U.S. 58 project moving forward

    LAUREL FORK — Vehicles will be driving on new sections of U.S. 58 in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties by the end of 2014.

    Branch Highways is entering its third season of construction on the widening 58 project in Laurel Fork, said Pete Copes, general superintendent of Branch Highways Inc., which is under contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation to widen the 8.2 mile section.

  • Local team competes in Great Race

    “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.