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Today's News

  • Police: seizing property hits criminals where it hurts

    HILLSVILLE — Law enforcement officials don't just threaten to throw people acting illegally or suspiciously in prison. Prosecutors also go after the contents of their wallets or garages.

    Carroll County prosecutors have implemented several such civil forfeiture proceedings in a variety of cases where suspected proceeds from drug dealing or other illegal activity — in the form of large amounts of loose cash or property — have been found.

    And on some occasions, the defendants involved in the seizures haven't even been charged with a drug-related crime.

  • Suspicious fires raise alarms

    FANCY GAP — Two early Saturday fires that happened at almost the same time — and just a few miles apart — in the Fancy Gap area have raised alarm bells in the minds of Carroll investigators and emergency services personnel.

    The Hillsville Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Birch Tree Road at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, where they found a barn with about 200 round bales of hay rapidly burning, according to information from Chief Mike Musser and photographer David Young.

  • Factors align in Carroll's favor

    HILLSVILLE — Competitiveness in the construction markets, historically low interest rates and federal Recovery Act initiatives could save Carroll County millions — even tens of millions — if the school board moves ahead now with its school improvement plans.

    Carroll County Public Schools has two scenarios for completing the countywide facility improvement program:

    • spending $62.7 million to build a new high school and renovate the existing high and intermediate schools for grades 8-9 and grades 6-7, respectively.

  • Public record for 8/26/09 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded March 19-April 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Brown named pre-season all-America

     CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Following a historic season last fall, DeRon Brown was selected to the d3football.com 2009 Preseason All-America first team. The senior running back was the lone representative from the 16-team New England Football Conference (NEFC) to earn this honor and was MIT’s 10th overall pick and first since 1998.

  • Cavs solid but without star power

     HILLSVILLE -- Generally speaking, losing just two kids off a team that finished 23-1 a year ago would translate in to some pretty high hopes for the coming season.

  • Galax golfers continue to roll

     An incredibly busy week had no ill affect on the defending Group A state golf champions as Galax won two tournaments and opened district play with a win in action last week.

  • Tech-nicolor Tide takes field

     The guys wearing the Virginia Tech colors of Chicago maroon and burnt orange have pretty high hopes for the 2009 football season.

  • Slow finish to a solid start

    HILLSVILLE -- Maybe there’s something to be said for quitting while you’re ahead. Carroll County had a downer of a finish to its first scrimmage of the year, but it didn’t lessen the strides made on the day as a whole in the eyes of Cavalier head coach Tom Hale. “Up to the last two possessions I felt like we had a very solid scrimmage,” said Hale after his

  • Carroll downed in Dixie

    SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. -- Carroll County certainly hoped for better. The team had played better in reaching the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series, and the Cavaliers expected better things once getting to southern Alabama.

    The most important thing that was better, though, was the level of baseball being played.

    The first team to represent Carroll County in a Dixie World Series in more than 20 years, Carroll County was eliminated after suffering losses Saturday and Sunday at G.W. Long High School, falling to Collierville, Tenn., 9-1 and then Duplin County, N.C. 11-1.