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Today's News

  • Hawthorne charged with felony

    HILLSVILLE — Among the sealed indictments from last Thursday's special grand jury was a charge of felony embezzlement against the former executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Named in the one count of embezzlement filed in Carroll Circuit Court was Roger Thomas Hawthorne, 56, of Hillsville.

    The indictment was unsealed after Hawthorne turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Dove pleads guilty to petit larceny

    HILLSVILLE — A former executive director of the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center in Galax pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Kim Dove was originally charged with embezzlement through an indictment by a Carroll grand jury, but in court Thursday the charge was reduced to the misdemeanor through a plea agreement.

  • Maroon Tide can't repeat upset magic

    The predicted high-scoring affair between Galax and Bland County never materialized Friday night, as a steady rain and field conditions slowed the teams to a scoreless first half before the Bears pulled away to win 19-8 on two late touchdowns.

    The Maroon Tide held an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter, until Cory Andrews put Mountain Empire District co-leader Bland on top for good with a 3-yard touchdown run with 8:02 remaining.

  • MED volleyball title slips past Maroon Tide

    WYTHEVILLE –– After a combined 40-plus matches played by Galax and Fort Chiswell, the entire previous three months all came down to one little game to 15.

    In a one-match playoff to decide the Mountain Empire District regular season championship, Fort Chiswell rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the fifth game and scored the final eight points to defeat Galax 17-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17, 15-9 at George Wythe High School.

  • Richlands wraps up SWD title

    RICHLANDS –– Carroll County was finally able to get past the early stages of a district game without finding itself in an early hole, but the Cavaliers weren’t able to make the strong start hold up as Richlands clinched the Southwest District championship with a 23-7 win Friday at Ernie Hicks Stadium.

  • Pioneers stop 14-year slide

    MAX MEADOWS –– For the first time since 1994, Fort Chiswell has left a football game against Grayson County with a smile on its face.

    The Pioneers used a 19-point outburst in the second period to end a 14-game losing streak to the Blue Devils, taking a 25-6 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday at C.F. McKinney Field.

  • Tide keeps hold on MED titles

    HILLSVILLE –– Galax won the Mountain Empire District boys’ cross country championship for the 18th time in the program’s 20 years of existence, placing seven runners among the top eight spots during the district meet Wednesday at the Southwest Virginia Training Center.

  • Campaign workers attacked

    Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace at their headquarters in Galax.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the Galax Republican headquarters on East Grayson Street when a caller reported someone had sprayed office workers with Mace.

    Responding officers arrested Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, and Cara Annis Hindman, 26, both of Galax.

  • Manslaughter, DUI charges dropped in triple fatality

    HILLSVILLE — Three reckless driving convictions against a 47-year-old Pilot Mountain, N.C., man were the legal conclusion on Tuesday in his preliminary hearing in connection with a March 22 wreck that killed three people instantly on Interstate 77.

    Virginia State Police had charged Gary Edward Hicinbothem with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the crash not far from the Fancy Gap exit in Carroll County.

  • Water projects making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — but the land purchase must still be negotiated.

    Bobby Lane of Lane Engineering updated Independence Town Council Oct. 14 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town's wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site has been chosen for the new water plant, but the land had not been secured yet.