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Today's News

  • Bank robber caught in Fries

    By BEN BOMBERGER

    Staff

    FRIES A Maryland man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Mount Airy, N.C., was apprehended Wednesday in Fries by Grayson County deputies.

    Brian Keith Wise, 41, of Cumberland, Md. was wanted for questioning in connection with a bank robbery at Bank of America in Mount Airy around 12:30 on Wednesday.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office was asked to be on the lookout for a suspect and a vehicle believed to be heading towards Grayson.

  • Hillsville man killed in La. crash

    RUSTON, La. — Federal Express driver Anthony Sifford of Hillsville, Va., was killed in a collision of tractor-trailers Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 in Louisianna.

    Sifford, 41, died at the scene after the crash at 8:22 a.m. His passenger, Rodney Palmer of Martinsville, Va., died at 1 a.m. Thursday of severe burns at the Louisianna State University Medical Center in Shreveport.

  • Work to revive rescue squad continues

    HILLSVILLE — Past Hillsville Rescue Squad members will try to revive the agency by the end of the year.

    The efforts have support of the full Hillsville Town Council and Sulphur Springs District representative Frieda Jessup, who served as a squad volunteer before it was shut down about four years ago.

    At the town council meeting Sept. 8, Jessup reported as other former members Jeff Sexton and Robert Harrison watched from the audience that some preliminary work on resuscitating the rescue squad is in the works.

  • 'Market Village' to bring shops to Exit 14

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials expect that new shops at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market will bring visitors and an estimated $1 million in new capital investment to the county.

    Carroll supervisors and Industrial Development Authority members announced in a news release Monday that the shops known as the Market Village are coming to fruition after about four years in the planning phase.

  • Guynn leads Tide to three-win week

    BLUEFIELD –– The Galax High School golf team capped a busy week with its third win in four days, holding off Graham by two strokes Thursday in a nondistrict match at Fincastle Country Club.

  • Cavaliers serve up trio of volleyball wins

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County improved to 9-0 on the year with a three-win week, including two wins in Southwest District play.

    The Cavaliers (9-0 overall, 4-0 district) fired 16 aces in a 25-11, 25-6, 25-20 win over Graham on Thursday, missing just one serve in the first two games, and that coming on a foot fault with a 21-5 lead in the second. Maleah Neely and Leanna Rippey combined for nine aces, and six different Cavaliers had at least one ace each.

  • Cavs break into win column

    INDEPENDENCE –– It took Carroll County the better part of the first half before it found its groove offensively. The way the Cavaliers played defense, though, that was all the time in the world.

    Carroll County didn’t get its initial first down until nearly two minutes into the second quarter, but it came on a 60-yard touchdown run by Zack Surratt that opened up a 21-point binge, leading to a 35-0 Cavalier win in a nondistrict game Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Man found dead in New River

    By BEN BOMBERGER

    Staff

    FRIES — A North Carolina man spending the weekend in Grayson County was found dead late Saturday after apparently drowning in the New River.

    Elwood O. Montgomery, 63, of Mount Airy, N.C. was camping with his wife at Camp Dickenson near Fries.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Elwood and his wife had just finished kayaking on the New River when his wife decided to head back to the campground to begin preparing dinner.

  • Independence considers power line placement

    INDEPENDENCE — Time is ticking away for the Town of Independence to decide where to place the upgraded power lines that will eventually serve a new prison being built outside town.

    At the regular town council meeting Sept. 9, Mayor Butch Reeves updated members on four options American Electric Power offered the town.

    Reeves said the first option was to run the lines underground along Davis Street — at the town’s expense.

  • Water to be part of subdivision considerations

    HILLSVILLE — Tasked with revising the county's subdivision ordinance proposal, Carroll's planning commission members may tap more into water availability issues.

    The planning commission and the Carroll supervisors held a joint public hearing on a subdivision ordinance proposal in August, during which 16 people spoke.