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Today's News

  • Grayson could tax twice a year

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to both help citizens and improve the cash flow during the early months of the budget year, Grayson supervisors will consider switching to biannual tax collection.

    The idea has been thrown around before, but supervisors jumped on the possibility last Tuesday during a budget workshop as a way to pay a bill coming due next fall.

  • Turman to be set free

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother is ready and able to rejoin the community under an outpatient treatment plan, a Carroll Circuit Court judge ruled on April 9.

    Doctors diagnosed Rene Loving Turman as bipolar with psychotic features and found that she did not understand the nature of her actions at the time of the February 2006 incident that left 79-year-old Susan Sprinkle Clark dead.

    Turman told a police dispatcher at the time that she thought her mother was a demon.

  • Salon offers free cuts after Nautilus trims jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — When entering a job interview, one of the key qualities any candidate should have is self-confidence.

    Having that confidence can be hard after a person loses their job and is struggling to find money and time to get the simplest things done, such as their hair.

    Melissa Shepherd, owner of The Hair Junction in Independence, hopes to help those affected by the most recent layoffs at the Nautilus plant in town.

  • Planning, cuts help Carroll balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's budget process has seen several new innovations this year, earning the financial management director a round of applause at the end of a presentation at the regular April meeting on Monday.

    Carroll's 2010 budget proposal of $31.94 million comes complete with department missions, measurable goals, service levels, charts showing revenue sources, graphs showing county and state breakdowns for funding constitutional offices, explanations of large increases and decreases to line items and more.

  • Blue Devils edge Cavaliers on Sells one-hitter

     INDEPENDENCE –– Jared Sells tossed a complete-game one-hitter Wednesday as Grayson County blanked Carroll County 3-0 in a nondistrict baseball game at the GNB Baseball Complex.

    Sells struck out six and walked two as the Blue Devils (3-3) recorded their second straight shutout, allowing three hits in their past 14 innings.

    Grayson County took the lead for good in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Cody Underwood.

  • Galax rides 23-run inning to victory

     BASTIAN –– It was your garden variety, run of the mill come-from-behind 28-run victory.

    Trailing 8-7 after two innings, Galax exploded for 23 runs in the top of the third, racing past Bland County 36-8 in a Mountain Empire District game at Dillow Memorial Field.

  • McCraw to wrestle for Hokies

     HILLSVILLE –– Drew McCraw had an inkling, way back before he even entered the first grade, that he would some day be an athlete at a big-time college. A lot of 5-year-olds have that feeling. But McCraw’s was accurate.

    One of the most successful wrestlers in the history of Carroll County High School, McCraw announced last week that he would take his talents to Virginia Tech this fall to wrestle for the Hokies.

    “Since I started sports in kindergarten I wanted to be a Division I athlete,” said McCraw, “and I finally am.”

  • Fort spoils Tide’s MED opener

     Fort Chiswell and Galax both entered the Mountain Empire District portion of their schedules hoping to have a say in the final district standings. After Wednesday, both will have to do so the hard way.

    The Pioneers, who opened district play with a 1-0 loss to Grayson County last week, left the Maroon Tide in an early hole after taking an 11-1 win in blustery Felts Park.

  • Abingdon rallies past Cavs

     HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County missed a golden opportunity to knock off Southwest District frontrunner Abingdon on Friday, falling to the Falcons 4-3 at Bill Worrell Field.

    The Cavaliers (5-3 overall, 2-1 district) jumped on Abingdon and starting lefthander Nathan Hagy for three runs in the first inning, but missed out on a series of chances to build on the lead as the Falcons (6-1, 3-0) gradually chipped away, eventually tying the game with two runs in the top of the fifth.

  • Public record for 4/1/09 edition

    These land transfers were recorded Jan. 24-Feb. 5 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Cecille Sayers Pettry to Sharon Gail Pettry Zeitz and Deborah Kay Pettry Latham. 6.423 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Anna Lisa Davis and others to Ronald Lee Davis and others. A tract in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Robert Mark Reynolds and Dreama Ann Reynolds and others to Robbie Jason Reynolds and Phyllis M. Reynolds. Two tracts in the City of Galax. Gift.