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Today's News

  • Carroll to study tax collection options

    HILLSVILLE — As revenue from other kinds of taxes fall due to the weak economy, the Carroll County supervisors have voted to study twice-a-year tax collection.

    Supervisor Tom Littrell brought up the suggestion at the county board's Dec. 8 meeting.

    What affects the county's cash flow? One thing is that real estate taxes mostly come in once a year, in November and December, after tax tickets go out in October, he said.

    Littrell noted that tourism revenue appears to be down.

  • McCraw wins Skeens title, Bowman second

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County had four wrestlers reach the championship finals and placed ninth out of 36 teams at the prestigious 29th annual Agie Skeens Memorial Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Riverview Middle School.

    Drew McCraw finished the event 4-0 and won the individual championship in the 275-pound weight class. McCraw drew a first-round bye and followed up with two pins, sticking Michael LaPrade of Turner Ashby in 1 minute, 34 seconds, then pinning Alleghany’s Martin Garcia 46 seconds into the championship quarterfinals.

  • Cavaliers sweep Golden Wave

    GRUNDY –– Carroll County rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to overtake Grundy 70-65 in a Southwest District boys’ game Saturday afternoon.

    Grundy’s Jordan Ellis sank two foul shots for a 61-53 Golden Wave lead before James Lanning’s 3-pointer sparked a 17-4 Cavalier run to the final horn.

    Tyler Reavis’ layup gave Carroll County the lead for good, 64-62, with 1:15 to play. Reavis led all scorers with 25 points, Lucas Marshall scored a career-high 14 and Lanning chipped in 12.

  • Carroll tries for stimulus funds for schools

    HILLSVILLE — By going for federal stimulus package money, the Carroll School Board may have found a way to pay for phase three of its facilities improvement program.

    The improvements could include a new high school in the Woodlawn area, and renovations to Carroll Intermediate School and the current high school.

  • Hammer defense building case

    INDEPENDENCE — Few updates were given during another court appearance of a man facing 16 charges in connection with three shooting deaths at a Christmas tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in Grayson Circuit Court last Friday to update Judge Brett Geisler on their investigation.

  • Seeking Stimuli

    If the much-ballyhooed economic stimulus package from the federal government can create jobs, it's hard to imagine a place where that money could be better spent than the Twin Counties.

    The manufacturing job base was shrinking even before the recession struck the nation as a whole. Fewer jobs means less revenue for local governments, and less revenue means less money in the coffers for projects to benefit the area.

  • Letters to the Editor for 1/12/09

    Make peace with greetings

    In the Jan. 5 edition of the Gazette, I counted seven Readers’ Hotline calls regarding a previous caller’s thoughts that “Happy Holidays” should be used instead of “Merry Christmas.”

    Frankly, I don’t care which one a person uses, since judging someone solely on the basis of a term they use or don’t use is akin to judging an entire steak based on one bite.

  • The best of 2008

    Many of the nation’s leading sports news outlets are hailing 2008 as the best sports year ever. It kind of depends on your perspective.

    For example, it’s very doubtful the Detroit Lions, the University of Washington football team or the Memphis men’s basketball team would agree. Nor would Jake Brown, the X-Games skateboarder who augured into the ground from 40-plus feet on national television.

  • Harvey, Devils light up Panthers

    INDEPENDENCE –– There are still 363 days to go, but so far, Eric Harvey is finding 2009 much to his liking.

    Harvey enjoyed a near-record night and Grayson County overcame a slow start to pummel Northwood 71-54 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

  • Drug ring member to serve 10 years

    ROANOKE — Danny Lee Peoples, 38, of Galax was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District on charges that he and others were involved with an organization that distributed crack cocaine in the city.

    Peoples was sentenced to 120 months of federal incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in August 2008.