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Today's News

  • Carroll trying to lock down new prison

    HILLSVILLE — With the state developing more new prisons in the future, Carroll could possibly lock one of those down, says the chairman of the county's Prison Study Committee.

    In the process of gathering information on the long-term plans of the Virginia Department of Corrections, J.B. Gardner has learned that state officials see the need for as many as five new correctional facilities in the future.

  • Fries teen injured in crash

    FRIES — A 17-year-old was in critical condition Monday after a single vehicle accident near Fries that morning.

    According to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan, Phillip Matthew Norman of Fries was airlifted by helicopter to Johnson City, Tenn., Monday morning after his vehicle collided with a tree.a

    Norman was traveling west on Virginia 274 (Riverside Drive) towards Independence when his 1998 Ford Taurus veered off the left side of the road and struck a tree, according to Vaughan.

    The accident happened just before 8 a.m.

  • Carroll fire leads to arson charge

    HILLSVILLE — One day after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to a call at a mobile home at 243 Knob Hill Lane, a Carroll County grand jury indicted the man who lived there for arson.

    In addition to the direct indictment against Travis Ray Hall, 25, he also has been charged by the Carroll Sheriff's Office with making a felony threat to burn the home he shared with Ashley Hall, according to Investigator Shannon Goad.

    Hall's wife took out a warrant against him, charging him with misdemeanor assault and battery.

  • School board begins superintendent search

    The Galax School Board announced that it will begin the search for the next schools superintendent.

    After 43 years as an educator and more than 12 years with Galax City Public Schools, Superintendent Sam Cook, who will turn 65 in November, will retire at the end of 2008 and return to his hometown in Franklin County.

  • Dixie Youth tournaments a success

    It is with great pride that I write this letter on behalf of the Grayson County Recreation Park’s policy board.

    Nearly 18 months ago, our board successfully bid to the Virginia State Dixie Youth Association for the honor of hosting not one, but two state tournaments simultaneously in Grayson County.

    These tournaments had never been hosted in Grayson or Southwest Virginia, and winning the bid was an honor within itself.

  • Shine Some Light

    At the Carroll County supervisors’ meeting Sept. 8, The Gazette’s reporter asked for more accountability in county meetings involving closed sessions.

    Carroll officials have heard concerns about this topic before.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser has made appearances as recently as this month before the Carroll supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority to share public misgivings about use of closed sessions and the lack of public hearings in regard to disposition of county land.

  • Living With Fragile X

    Little Ty Dixon seemed like a normal baby, but at age 6 his parents — Angela and Brian Dixon of Galax — found they had been blessed with something special.

    As an infant, Ty sat up and crawled early. But as he grew into a toddler, red flags went up for Angela and Brian.

    Ty didn’t walk until 19 months. And by age 3, when toddlers speak in full sentences, Ty was only saying a couple of words here and there, and potty training became a challenge.

  • Closed meetings standard practice in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Closed session practices by Carroll County governments have been called into question recently, but county boards are not necessarily meeting behind closed doors more than they have in the past.

    With concerns about use of closed sessions persisting in Carroll County, The Gazette recently checked into the record of executive sessions.

    State law allows governmental bodies to meet behind closed doors in some situations where the hearing of matters in public meeting would be detrimental to a board’s position.

  • Airport proposal causes turbulence

    FRIES — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission appears to be bumping non-paying members — including the towns of Fries, Hillsville and Independence.

    Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached Fries Town Council at its regular meeting Sept. 2, asking members to accept or reject the commission's request to change its charter membership.

  • Behind closed doors

    HILLSVILLE — Even after a developer who sought 91 acres of Carroll-owned land for the Mayberry Opry property has ended acquisition attempts, a citizen continues to question county officials about other deals in the works and the methods used.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser appeared at both the Industrial Development Authority meeting Sept. 3 and the Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 8 to express continuing concerns.