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Today's News

  • Man charged with eluding police on motorcycle

    HILLSVILLE — A Saltville man was arrested June 24 and charged with eluding law enforcement after wrecking his vehicle and allegedly speeding away from a Carroll County officer.

    Joey Michael Roark, 53, of Ridgeview Road in Saltville, was taken into custody for eluding law enforcement, a felony.

    According to a report from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a 911 call just after midnight on June 24, from a man who identified himself as Joey Roark.

  • School board back to business after turmoil

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board has spent many long hours in session over the past several weeks discussing budgets and personnel, but Monday night’s special called meeting set a record for brevity.

    The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes, but the board managed to spend more than $2 million during that time span.

  • Early market day a tough sell for town

    HILLSVILLE – The Hillsville VFW is ready to move forward with an Early Buyer Day during the organization’s annual Labor Day Flea Market, but town officials aren’t sold on the idea.

    Andrew Bowman, flea market manager for VFW Post #1115, told Hillsville Town Council at the June 22 meeting that he’d brought two separate requests for consideration.

  • Ward receives medal from CIA

    LANGLEY — The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has awarded Carroll County native Steven Ward with the Career Intelligence Medal.

    The award, which is given for “a cumulative record of service which reflects exceptional achievements that substantially contributed to the mission of the Agency,” was presented to Ward during a ceremony at CIA Headquarters in Langley on April 16.

  • Carnival goes through June 27

    This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival is underway through Saturday in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.

  • Scholarship to benefit Grayson youth

    Taylor Pauley’s dream was to some day play in the major leagues. In his memory, hopes are that countless Grayson County boys will get a boost playing in their local leagues.

  • Carroll duo headline all-4A team

    Rick Nester is a lifelong baseball man who has been coaching varsity softball for three years. Sydney Nester is a ninth-grader who has been playing varsity softball for all of three months.

    Both have found their relatively new surroundings much to their liking.

    Though the two Nesters aren’t related genetically, they are inexorably linked competitively, having been named the Group 4A state player of the year and coach of the year, as announced this week by the Virginia High School League.

  • Austin pleads guilty to child porn charges

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of possession, reproduction and distribution of child pornography in Grayson County.

    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, David “Andrew” Austin, 25, appeared before the Grayson Circuit Court on April 30 to answer child pornography charges.

  • Special agent: embezzled money spent on internet gambling

    A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Hillsville law firm spent most of the stolen money on internet gambling, according to a U.S. Secret Service agent who investigated the case.

    A recent article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly revealed details of the case, based on an affidavit from U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Gregory A. Watson.

    On June 5, Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., appeared for a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon. She was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

  • Hillsville passes 2015-16 budget

    HILLSVILLE — Details of Hillsville’s town budget were ironed out on Monday, with the town council’s approval of the budget for fiscal year 2015-16 and adjustments to the 2014-15 budget.

    Council began with a public hearing concerning budget adjustments for the current fiscal year, but no one spoke. A motion was later made to accept adjustments as presented, which was approved unanimously.

    Next on the agenda was the approval of the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.