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Today's News

  • Funding flows for 52 water project

    HILLSVILLE — Funding is flooding in for a project to improve water service along U.S. 52 on the south side of Hillsville, including better pressure, larger lines and increased flow to aid in fire protection.

    One factor driving the improvement project is the U.S. 58 bypass under construction in Hillsville, which is expected to spur new construction on the south side of town. So, engineers with Anderson & Associates designed a project that will improve service now and answer future needs.

  • Nixon appeal request denied

    HILLSVILLE — After Virginia's Supreme Court denied a request to hear an appeal in Elva Rosemary Nixon's January 2006 convictions of second-degree murder, robbery and use of a firearm, she appears to have exhausted all opportunities in state courts to get the case overturned.

    In a week-long jury trial, Nixon was convicted in the ambush of Donald Brady, 75, on his farm in the Keno section of Carroll County.

    Brady died while he was being treated for gunshot wounds that he suffered during the attack.

  • Narrows keeps Blue Devils winless, 34-6
  • High-speed network could be online soon

    Through a series of towers and equipment, nine out of 10 Carroll County schools, the Crossroads Institute in Galax and the Farmers’ Market in Hillsville are already connected to faster Internet speeds through the “Wired Road” regional broadband network, and the service will soon be provided to citizens.

    The Regional Industrial Facilities Authority, which works on industrial projects in the area, is coordinating the project.

  • Galax woman sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Irene Rodriguez Uribe of Galax was sentenced Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 87 months in prison for conspiring to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine in Western Virginia and beyond.

    The prison term is to be followed by three years of supervision. She was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

  • Search turns up moonshine, pot in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A 49-year-old Carroll County man has been charged with possession of untaxed alcohol and marijuana after deputies searched his home Sept. 25.

    Sheriff Warren Manning identified the man as Milton Dale Coulson, who was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of untaxed alcohol.

    Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith obtained a search warrant as part of an investigation into suspicious activities.

  • Cavaliers rally past Terriers

    HILLSVILLE -- Having just ended a not-so-good first half on a positive note, Carroll County coach Tom Hale told his Cavaliers that if they got after it in the second half, good things would happen. It took about two seconds for that to ring true.

    An impromptu onside kick sparked a 20-point third-quarter scoring binge for the Cavaliers, who roared back from a 20-6 deficit with 29 straight points to knock off William Byrd 35-26 in a nondistrict game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Galax BBQ champs open cafe

    When Mark Davis and Cody Cline started out in the barbecue catering business as Squealers Authentic BBQ Company more than a year ago, their intentions were to become restaurant owners, serving only the best homemade foods around.

    In fact, Davis, who worked for many years at The Gazette and The Carroll News, quit his newspaper job to make a career out of barbecuing.

    Cline, a full-time mechanic at Hills Trucking, spends 50 to 60 hours a week in front of the grill, perfecting barbecue.

  • Patrick County topples Tide

    Wet and soggy conditions couldn't slow down the rushing attack of the Patrick County Cougars as they rumbled over Galax for a 32-6 nondistrict win Friday night.

    The Cougars (4-1) managed 346 yards on 51 carries, including 180 yards from standout senior running back John Harris.

    Harris, who played only a few snaps into the second half, is expected to be playing on Saturdays this time next fall and rolled over the Tide (1-4) on almost every carry.

  • Happy shopping

    If you're one of those people who feels better after indulging in some retail therapy, then you should know that you're shopping practices can help others, too.

    By visiting SWVTC Cottage Crafts at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market in Hillsville, you will support vocational pursuits at the training center.

    The booth set up in the retail building at the farmers' market is the logical extension of the Southwest Virginia Training Center's handicrafts and gifts made by those who live there.