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Today's News

  • Nester commits to N.C State

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County pitcher Sydney Nester has barely advanced past her first year of high school, but the 15-year-old phenom is pretty certain where she wants to be in her first year in college.

    Nester, the hard-throwing freshman who helped lead the Cavaliers to the Group 4A state softball championship June 13, made a verbal commitment to attend North Carolina State, capping a three-week period of time that has been nothing short of the stuff of dreams.

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  • Grayson balances budget without tax increase

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors were all smiles during their June 24 meeting, as a list of positive reports set an upbeat tone for the evening.

    The board took care of several financial matters, including a review of the county’s Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement Plan, budget reallocations from Fiscal Year 2015, and the adoption of the county’s 2016 budget.

  • Vest to serve 11 years for meth charges

    HILLSVILLE ― A Floyd man will serve a minimum of 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges in Carroll County Circuit Court on June 23.

    According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons, Kevin Vest, 49, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to alter a title at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in 2014.

  • Wilson's memory celebrated in song

    At the Blue Ridge Music Center’s celebration of Joe Wilson’s life last week, the crowd waxed and waned, breezes came and went; but the one constant that shone more fiercely than the sun was an enduring love and pride for Wilson’s legacy.

  • Dudley enters race for at-large supervisor seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Don Dudley has announced his candidacy for Grayson County Supervisor At Large in this year’s November general election.

    Dudley and his wife, Vicki, have resided and worked in Grayson County since 1965. Their children attended Grayson County Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

    “We fully support the school system,” Dudley said in an email.

  • School, county leaders move past recent strife

    The past several months have been anything but easy for Grayson County Schools, but in recent weeks we have finally started to see some relief in terms of budget solutions.

  • Three injured in Glendale crash

    A single-vehicle wreck caused by intoxication left three people with minor injuries on June 19, according to police.

    Galax Police Capt. James Cox said the crash was at 10:32 p.m. on Glendale Road in the city.

    A 1999 Saturn SC1 operated by Donald Eric Trotter, 48, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale between Larkspur Lane and Cliffview Road, when the vehicle went off the right side of the highway and struck a utility pole, Cox said.

  • Vehicle involved in missing teen case found in Troutdale

    SMYTH COUNTY ― The search for a runaway teenage girl from Tennessee and the convicted Georgia sex offender she is traveling with has led authorities into Smyth County after the two reportedly abandoned a vehicle in Troutdale last week.

    An Amber Alert went out for Hayleigh Cheyenne Wilson, 14, of Hawkins County, Tenn., last week, after Wilson reportedly left her home the night of June 22 to meet a man she had been in contact with online. Authorities say the man is 41-year-old Benjamin Joseph "Ben" Shook, a known sex offender.

  • 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.