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Today's News

  • Three Carroll County schools miss the mark

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County schools missed four of their testing targets under No Child Left Behind, but educators pointed to some significant gains in math scores in this year’s results.

    The federal educational accountability effort sets up 29 standards for each school and the entire school division to meet as part of “adequate yearly progress.” Director of School Improvement Beverly Parker noted that each of the schools and the division met 313 out of 319 of those standards.

  • Woman dies in crash

    An 18-year-old Carroll County woman died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Pleasant View Road late Tuesday.

    Bethanie Coulson, 18, was a passenger in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner that ran off the road near Stones Ridge Road, overturned and struck a tree, according to a Virginia State Police accident report by Trooper J.R. Alderman.

    Coulson was not wearing a seat belt.

    The report identified the driver as Amanda Gail Lester, 25, of Laurel Fork.

  • Cavaliers rally past Maroon Tide

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County twice rallied from a one-game deficit and broke away from a 10-10 tie in the fifth game to edge Galax 19-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11 in a nondistrict volleyball match Monday.

    “We won that [Fort Chiswell] tournament [Saturday], but tonight I’m so much more proud of them than I was then,” Galax assistant coach Emily Tolley said. “This was probably the best high school volleyball match I’ve ever seen.”

  • Public record for 8/27/08 edition

    Editors 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 20-July 8 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Weststar gives up on I-77 property

    HILLSVILLE — A partner in the Mayberry Opry project told The Gazette on Monday that Weststar Investments has "no use" any longer for 91 acres of Carroll County land.

    Even though partners Mended Wings Productions and Weststar Investments met with Carroll officials earlier this month to hammer out a timeline on the potential sale of county land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, Marshall Lineberry, speaking for his company and RGM Erectors, pointed out there was no guarantee that, at the end that process, the developers would be the ones who ended up with the land.

  • Fourth robbery suspect captured

    Minutes after the fourth suspect involved in Tuesday's robbery and chase through Carroll County was spotted at a gas station at Fancy Gap, a Carroll deputy and Hillsville police closed in and arrested him.

    wiliam Music, said to be the driver of the suspect vehicle, was taken into custody at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning after spending the night trying to elude authorities.

    He faces several charges in the incident.

    See Friday's edition of The Gazette for more details.

  • Bobcats bring lengthy streak to Galax

    Who says non-district games in August aren’t that important?

    Galax will look to improve to 2-0 on the young season in what is shaping up to be a key early-season test Friday when the Maroon Tide hosts Radford in a meeting of former New River District foes.

  • Galax martial artist returns to competition on NBC show

    Hanging up fliers and decorating cars in red, white and blue, locals are cheering on 11-year-old Alexandra Pyles of Galax and her teammates, who will appear in the next round of competition on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent” tomorrow, Tuesday, when the show goes live in Los Angeles at 8 p.m.

    Alexandra left for Los Angeles on Aug. 19.

    She is receiving national and regional recognition. On Aug. 18, she was interviewed by the Winston-Salem Journal and WXII Channel 12 News in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Hearing was civil, respectful

    There was no running roughshod over speakers at Carroll County’s public hearing on proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance.

    Order prevailed in the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room Thursday, which has not always been the case there when strongly held opinions were being expressed.

    It’s been common in the past for public hearings to veer off into the weird and the pointless, and speakers disagreeing with proposals by unhelpful name calling.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department recently announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Convention, held Aug. 15-16.

    The best all-around performer, and winner of the Henry Whitter Award, was Billy W. Bourne of Fries.

    Winners include, first through fifth: