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Today's News

  • Fire victims remembered

    It's every parent's worst nightmare — losing a child.

    Ella Ruth Stoneman lived that nightmare last Monday morning when officers came to her work to tell her that her daughter, Amy Stoneman, 28, had been killed in a fire.

    The accident also took the life of Ella Ruth's granddaughter, 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty, and the little girl's father, Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39.

    "She loved to work and she loved her kids," Ella said of her daughter.

  • Smith: School plans depend on federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins asked twice at a Jan. 12 meeting to be sure: construction plans for three schools will go ahead only if federal stimulus package monies are made available to the county.

  • Neighbors reject Spirit Harbor plans

    INDEPENDENCE — Developers are hoping to bring a 252-site Christian-based senior recreational park to Mouth of Wilson, but neighbors aren’t being very welcoming.

    The land in Grayson County is zoned Rural Farm, and a mobile home park is permitted under a special use permit.

    Spirit Harbor LLC approached the Grayson Planning Commission asking for a special use permit to be granted for the proposed park on 148 acres off Fox Wood Lane.

    Citizens packed the house Tuesday night to speak in opposition of the development.

  • Forensics lab says paint matches

    INDEPENDENCE — Reports from the state forensics lab have been filed with the Grayson Circuit Court, and it appears paint taken from a hand truck found near a murder suspect's campsite matches that of a gun safe found at the scene of a 2008 triple homicide at a Christmas tree farm in Mouth of Wilson.

    According to documents filed Jan. 5 in the Frederick P. Hammer case, “it is considered unlikely that the paint in item [debris from hand truck] originated from any source other than the source represented by item [paint scraping bottom of safe].”

  • GVFD begins 'Deanna Project'

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department is starting the “Deanna Project” in response to the Jan. 12 mobile home fire that killed a family of three, including 4-year-old Deanna Lafferty.

    The goal of the GVFD is to visit every mobile home in its coverage area and offer to install a smoke detector at homes that do not have one. If one is already installed, department members will install new batteries and check its operation.

  • Local schools brace for state budget cuts

    It's a challenging year when school division superintendents talk about losing $1.9 million from state funds as being the best case scenario, but that's the situation that Carroll County finds itself in as work continues on fiscal year 2009-2010 budget, according to figures provided by Superintendent Greg Smith.

    Should Gov. Tim Kaine's so-called "stop-loss" funding idea fail, then the Carroll school system could see its funding from the state drop by another $550,000.

  • Cavs turn Marion inside-out

    HILLSVILLE –– Lindsey Martin and Kaitlan Viars posed quite a problem for Marion on Monday. Should the Scarlet Hurricane choose to guard Viars on the interior, Martin was there to bomb away from long range. Extra attention paid to Martin on the outside left Viars free to do damage from the lane.

    It was quite a Catch-22. And then there was No. 15.

  • Bowman’s title leads Cavs in C’burg

    CHRISTIANSBURG –– Carroll County had four wrestlers place among the top eight and finished an impressive third in the team standings Saturday at the Big Blue Invitational at Christiansburg High School.

  • Blue Devils win third straight

    INDEPENDENCE –– Eric Harvey scored 12 points, including a late 3-pointer, as Grayson County held off Alleghany, N.C., 55-51 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday.

    The win was the third straight for the Blue Devils (12-6), who travel to Galax for a matchup Saturday between the Mountain Empire District’s top two teams.

    Jake Blizzard added 11 points for Grayson County. Julian McNeil led all scorers with 18 points for the Trojans.

    Alleghany, N.C. 13 10 15 13––51

    Grayson County 18 11 15 11––55

  • Chief responds to Mexican gang report

    Despite a recent article in The Washington Times that pinpoints Galax as being highly concentrated with Mexican drug cartels and gangs, drug arrests were down for 2008 in the city.

    The Justice Department was the source of information for the article — “Obama faces Mexican drug wars” — that many local residents read and became concerned about.

    There are reasons why Galax, despite low drug and violent crime arrests compared to other cities, is making national headlines about Mexican drug cartels, said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.