Today's News

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County grand jury issued 62 indictments when it met Monday.
    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
    Those named in the charges include:
    • Amanda Dawn Akers, abuse and neglect of a child
    • Eddie Ray Ayers, grand larceny of property belonging to Stephanie Hicks
    • Dustin Smokey, obtaining property by false pretenses from Cleona Etta Lineberry
    • Timothy Banks Brannock, grand larceny of a 2005 GMC Sierra, belonging to Eugene Keene Sr.; receiving stolen property

  • Grayson finances improving


    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s finances are improving, so much so that the county is considering reducing its line of credit — and officials are praising citizens for the upswing.
    Treasurer Junior Young presented a financial collections and condition report to the Grayson Board of Supervisors on March 10.
    Young told the board that real estate collections in 2010-11 are $2.2 million ahead of collections for the same period in 2009-10.

  • Man arrested in Internet predator sting


  • VDOT seeks federal funding for U.S. 58


  • Public record for 3/23/11 edition

    Editor’s 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2010, in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Turns 80

    An 80th birthday party was given for John LaGrasse of Woodlawn at the West Galax United Methodist Church fellowship room by his wife Pat and sons, Andrew, Matthew and David of Long Island, N.Y.

  • Ogle, McGuire announce engagement

    Jared Christopher Ogle and Tammy Crowder McGuire announced their engagement.
    Ogle is the son of Donnie and Janet Ogle and the grandson of the late Elmo and Mary Jane Ogle, Ruth Aldred and the late Paul Aldred.

    McGuire is the daughter of Kathy and Frank Delp and the late Dana Crowder. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Geneva Funk and the late Junior Cornett, Robert and Shelby McLean and the late Melvin Crowder.
    A spring wedding is planned.

  • Hanks, Stricker to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hanks of Williamsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Jeffrey Stricker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stricker, formerly of Williamsburg.
    Hanks is the granddaughter of the late Rufus and Izetta Crowder and the late Edgar and Elizabeth Hanks, all of Carroll County.

    Stricker is the grandson of Irene Hiatt and the late Samuel Hiatt, also of Carroll County.
    Both Hanks and Stricker are 1999 graduates of Jamestown High School.

  • Byrds celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John Byrd recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
    He is a native of Baywood and was graduated from Galax High School in 1951. Lorena Byrd is a native of Sheldon, Iowa.

    They met while students at Milligan College, Tenn., and were married in Paris, France, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.
    John Byrd taught at Galax High School 1958-1966. Lorena held temporary teaching positions at Fries High School, Independence High School, Oakland Elementary, and Galax High.

  • A key player in old time



    Still well remembered in music circles as a unique old time piano player, Haywood Blevins tells stories and tickles the keys in three CDs released by his daughter. Frances Moore, now of Wilkesboro, N.C., released the recordings as a tribute to her father, the well-respected musician who was born in Baywood in 1906.