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Today's News

  • Pumpkin Festival a growing attraction in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE ― The 2014 Pumpkin Festival event in Carroll County drew a crowd so large, event coordinators have requested an expanded venue and more attractions for next year’s event.

    Assistant Director of Tourism and Visitor Center Manager Amanda Bourne recently presented the head count and other data to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    “The crowd doubled in size in a year, which is excellent. We are very happy about that,” Bourne told the board.

  • State puts focus on human trafficking

    RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness in Virginia of human trafficking and resources available to victims.

    Billboards and signs are going up on major highways across the state, along with signage at every Virginia rest area, encouraging victims or those with information about possible human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline.

  • Carroll honored for growing jobs, pumpkins

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County recently received special recognition by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for encouraging entrepreneurship and job growth.

    Carroll was one of 13 counties selected nationwide for recognition in NACo’s special publication, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.”

    The two-page presentation applauded Carroll’s business retention strategies, the Crossroads Small Business Development Center and its pumpkin agricultural cluster.

  • Police report quiet holiday week, few wrecks

    No news is good news this week, as law enforcement agencies report little to no accidents or criminal activities during and after the holidays.

    A reader submitted photos of a traffic accident on Lambsburg Mountain off of Pipers Gap Road over the weekend, involving one car over the side of the mountain. According to First Sgt. Mike Musser of the Virginia State Police, Trooper Delp responded on Sunday evening, but hadn’t turned in the police report yet. “It was nothing significant. Nobody was injured,” Musser assured.

  • Virginia could have your unclaimed money

    The state of Virginia has $1.7 billion that belongs to you. Well, some of you, anyway.

    The General Assembly could use part of your money to help offset a budget shortfall in 2015, but you’d be able to get it back whenever you realized it had been missing.

    “That is a giant pile of money,” said Benjamin Jarvela, spokesman for the Virginia Department of the Treasury, which is custodian of financial property that winds up with the state when no one claims it.

  • County adds 'In God We Trust' to meeting chamber

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors was recognized this week for voting “yes” to legally displaying “In God We Trust” in the county meeting chambers.

    In God We Trust-America Inc., a non-profit 501c3 educational corporation, announced last week that Carroll joined more than 400 cities and counties across America in displaying the message. The organization’s ultimate goal is to see the familiar motto displayed in every city and county chamber and state capitol in America.

  • Readers Hotline 12/31/14

    No chance
    Jeb Bush will not have a chance against Hilary Clinton if Hilary decides to run. Bush will not beat Hilary Clinton. No Republican will beat Hilary Clinton.

    Incentives questioned

  • Russells celebrate 50th anniversary

    Ted and Mary Alice “Mousie” Russell celebrated 50 years of marriage during 2014.
    They were married on May 2, 1964, at Welcome Home Baptist Church.

    In April, they celebrated with a thrilling 800‑foot‑long zipline ride at Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg.
    On May 3, they were surprised with a 50th year anniversary celebration given by their family at First Baptist Church in Hillsville.
    Other celebratory experiences included a trip to Sea World, Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in October.

  • Public record for 12/31/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Michael Earl Allen to Larry R. Meadows Jr. A tract in the Providence District. $1,000.

  • Gunman holds up store in Fancy Gap

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a gunman who reportedly held up a Fancy Gap store on Dec. 27.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a call at approximately 4:20 p.m. last Saturday of an armed robbery at Faye’s Country Store, located at 7284 Fancy Gap Highway. Responding deputies were advised by the owner that a white male, wearing camouflage clothing and a mask and carrying a hand gun, entered the store and demanded money.