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Today's News

  • Honoring Legendary Banjo Player Kyle Creed

    Though local Kevin Fore never got to meet local old-time music legend Kyle Creed, who passed away in 1982, the banjo player forever changed Fore's life.

    To Fore, Creed was his hero and he would have given anything to meet him. In fact, Creed is the reason Fore got interested in the banjo and the reason he started hand-making some of his own instruments using the Kyle Creed method.

  • Moonshine, pot and guns seized

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office located and confiscated 18 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication Aug. 4, which led to several charges against a Cana man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    The plants had an estimated street value of $18,000.

    Deputy Chuck Edwards spotted the marijuana plants from a Virginia National Guard helicopter brought in to assist the effort. Deputies also looked closer in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road in Cana, due to a plant there.

  • Police search for bank robber

    HILLSVILLE — Police continue to seek leads on the bank robber who hit the Hillsville branch of Grayson National Bank last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    A robber dressed in cover-alls with his face well-hidden by large sunglasses, bandanna and baseball cap demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

    With the investigation continuing, the Hillsville Police Department has issued a more thorough description of the suspect's vehicle.

  • Hammer confesses to more murders

    CLIFTON, N.C. — Freddie Hammer, who is serving five consecutive life sentences for three Grayson County murders, has confessed to two other murders in Ashe County, N.C. police say.

    Police say remains of Jimmy Blevins, a Crumpler man missing since 2007, were found in Clifton, a few miles from Warrensville, on Tuesday morning.

    Hammer has also admitted to the murder of Timothy Shatley, police said.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/10/09

    Congress poised to raise taxes

    Many Americans are beginning to question whether our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, have abandoned their constituents to pursue a party-oriented agenda.

    It seems that no matter how loud and often citizens demand a return to a common sense approach to governing, very few elected officials are listening.

    Rep. Rick Boucher is charged with the responsibility of acting in the best interest of the 9th District, but refuses to talk directly to individuals he represents.

  • Town finds detour around county fee increase

    HILLSVILLE — The vehicle decal fee for Hillsville will rise by $10, but town residents will receive that same amount back in credits.

    Town officials felt it was better to increase the vehicle fee themselves, rather than Hillsville residents having to pay that amount to the county.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    INDEPENDENCE — County and town leaders from Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., joined state officials for the ground breaking of a raw water intake system for the Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority’s new regional water system.

    The system will eventually serve the towns of Sparta, N.C., and Independence, as well as a new state prison under construction in Grayson.

    Authority Chairman Bryan Edwards provided opening remarks, thanking everyone who has worked on the project for the past several years.

  • Grayson relay raises $36,000

    FRIES — The skies parted and the sun returned just in time for Grayson County's 2009 Relay for Life last Friday night at the Fries Ball Park.

    Event Chairperson Bonnie Byrd said more than $36,000 was raised.

    That was short of their goal of $50,000, but Byrd wasn't discouraged. She was thankful for all the money raised.

  • Log Cabin Homes loses industrial park lot

    HILLSVILLE — Though Tom Vesce of Log Cabin Homes offered an idea to add jobs in Carroll County to secure his place in the industrial park, the county administrator and the economic developer said the company owner did not follow up on that suggestion.

    Carroll's Industrial Development Authority accepted a bid in 2007 from Vesce to buy land in the industrial park for his company.

  • Galax gets grant for Felts Park stage

    The City of Galax and the Galax Moose Lodge, sponsor of the annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, have decided the traditional big, yellow circus tent will remain for the event next year — even after a permanent stage is built in Felts Park.

    When the planning process for the stage began several months ago, Galax City Council worried that it would eliminate the traditional yellow tent that hovers over the stage during the Old Fiddlers' Convention, a symbol of the convention for decades.