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Today's News

  • Officers cut check, but not beards

    HILLSVILLE — Members of Hillsville and Carroll law enforcement gathered at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Monday to present a check to Carroll County Special Olympics, and sport the whiskers they grew during “No Shave November” one last time.

    When asked if any of the officers planned to keep their new Duck Dynasty ‘dos, the answer from everyone was a resounding “No!”

    “Someone actually told me that I looked three years older,” commented Interim Hillsville Chief Wesley Yonce as he rubbed his face.

  • Webb to step down from city council

    Galax City Council has accepted a letter of resignation from council member Bill Webb.

    Webb was not at council’s Nov. 24 meeting and has been absent for several.

    “‘It is with deep regret that I must tender my resignation as a Galax City Council member, effective Nov. 24, 2014,’” read Mayor C.M. Mitchell. “‘I have enjoyed my time on the council and the efforts we have made over the past six years have made a difference in the lives of your citizens.’”

  • Carroll to help farmers market with credit line

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved a “moral obligation” agreement with Virginia Community Capital to provide a line of credit of up to $1 million for the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.

  • Holiday Happenings Guide

    All around the Twin Counties this weekend will be Christmas celebrations, parades, visits from Santa, caroling, kids’ activities, tree lightings, fundraisers for worth causes and more holiday cheer. To plan for the busy weekend, here’s a roundup of all the events planned in Galax, Hillsville, Independence and Fries.

    INDEPENDENCE

    Tree Lighting

    Dozens are expected to pack Independence Town Park this Friday for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and related holiday hoopla, all starting around 6 p.m.

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Ms. Brannock and Mrs. Davis’ Pre-K Class

    Oakland Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa, I need a new toy box because I am going to need it to put my presents in. I want a John Deer Tractor to play with, a new calendar because I didn’t have one. I think I would have a TV. in my bedroom because I don’t have one. I don’t leave anything for Santa but I want something else. I want a table to set my TV. on. 

    Love, Ian Hill

     

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Mrs. Cain’s Kindergarten Class

    St. Paul School, Cana

     

    Laynie-Jo – I would like a bed just like Elsa on the movie Frozen. Also an Elsa stroller with crib and bean bag chair. 

     

    Ayden -  I would like a Ninja Turtle Action Figure and a game.

     

    Madelyn – I would like a toy dog and some candy for Christmas.  I have been good this year.

     

  • Public record for 12/3/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 3-13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:
    Weldon Phipps and others to Donald Kegley. 3.75 acres in the Pipers Gap District. $2,500.

  • Readers Hotline 12/3/14

    Case closure
    There is now closure for the Desi Rae George family and the conviction of [Matt] Jones in her murder. Thanks to Commonwealth Attorney Doug Vaught for the great job in trying the case [instead of the defendant entering a plea bargain]. Maybe we need Doug Vaught in Carroll County.

    Cat calamity

  • Towed vehicle, road tractor collide in Carroll

    FANCY GAP — Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in Fancy Gap on Nov. 22, When a tow truck carrying a road tractor struck a tractor-trailer that was attempting to turn out of a truck stop.

    According to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, the wreck occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m., at the entrance to the Kangaroo Express truck stop just off of Kelly Road.

  • Tree farmers work hard and late to meet demand

    Article submitted by Virginia Farm Bureau

    ELK CREEK — Neither cold, rain, sleet, snow nor nightfall stops Carlos and Sherrie Taylor from getting their Christmas trees harvested and shipped to their customers.

    The Grayson County tree farmers and their employees put in long days from early November to mid-December — often working around the clock to get their trees to buyers up and down the East Coast.