Today's News

  • A cool idea for farmers

    HILLSVILLE — Newly installed equipment at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market may have a chilling effect on certain kinds of produce, but it can heat up some new markets for local farmers.

    A visitor standing on the grounds of the wholesale warehouse during the sweet corn harvest will see a couple forklifts zipping around, loading crates of the product onto conveyor belt that take it through a constant shower raining down from big white plastic pipes on the inside of a converted transfer truck bin.

  • Carroll fair offers fun for all

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Fair will once again feature fun for the whole family, but at a new venue — for the first time, the event will be held at the new fairgrounds at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market.

    The fair will display farming activities, games, a beauty pageant, music, food, amusements and much more.

    The fair schedule includes:

    • Wednesday — preview night with no admission charge.

  • Focus on Farming

    HILLSVILLE — Roanoke Times photographer Gene Dalton found few places better to focus for picturesque scenes than farms during his career.

    So Dalton, the now-retired Dugspur resident, considered it a pleasure to document farm life in Carroll County for a multimedia tribute to local farmers, which will be on display at the Carroll County Fair starting Thursday.

    A slide show featuring agricultural pursuits will be shown along with the exhibits in a bay of the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market's wholesale facility.

  • Guard charged in false stabbing report

    A security guard at Twin County Regional Hospital lied when she summoned authorities and claimed she had been attacked and robbed by an unknown assailant on Aug. 19, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The security guard, Pamela Jean Warf, 49, of Galax, has been arrested and charged with making a false police report and obstruction of justice. She had claimed that she was stabbed by an unknown assailant.

  • Grayson agrees to fund airport project

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have agreed to provide the final $7,000 needed to install a sewer line to Twin County Regional Airport.

    Supervisors' Vice Chairman Larry Bartlett represents the county on the airport commission and spoke about the request at the board meeting Aug. 13.

    Bartlett noted that the airport commission was seeking funds to install the sewage line to the airport and needed $42,000.

  • Virtual classroom expands in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Class has already started at Carroll's bricks-and-mortar schools, and the rebooted Virtual Academy will soon come online, too.

    The Carroll County School Board took action in an early Monday meeting to add management services by virtual education firm K12 for online learning available to students statewide.

    Carroll educators partnered with K12 last school year to offer an online curriculum to the more than 200 home-schooled students in the county.

  • Falsehoods alleged in AmerLink bankruptcy

    WILSON, N.C. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ordered a trustee be appointed in the case of log home manufacturer AmerLink and allowed its attorneys to withdraw after company president John Barth Jr. allegedly made false statements to the court.

    AmerLink filed for protection from $20 million in debt owed by the company to more than 200 creditors, one of which is Carroll County.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/31/09

    Waddell has high rating

    This is in regard to newspaper accounts of alleged abuse at Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center.

    I’m confident that your reporting accurately represented the facts as alleged. However, your article in terms of what it didn’t say, unintentionally did a serious disservice to the facility, employees and residents.

  • Another stern PD test for Cavs

    HILLSVILLE -- Bidding farewell to the best runningback in school history wasn’t an easy thing to do at Patrick County. But on the other hand, John Harris’ absence has only shown how valuable Jacob Reynolds can be.

  • Blue Devils open home schedule with Chilhowie

    INDEPENDENCE -- One aspect of Grayson County football has already shown improvement over a year ago ee" the Blue Devils actually get a full compliment of home games this time around. A year after getting just four home dates on its 10-game schedule, Grayson County plays the first of five homers tonight when it hosts Hogoheegee District big boy Chilhowie in a nondistrict game at Bill Strong Field.