Local News

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 50

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury returned indictments against 50 individuals when it met on March 19.

    An indictment is not a conviction, but means the jury found sufficient evidence to advance the case to trial.

    Many of the charges involved possession of methamphetamine.

    Those indicted include:

    • Bryce Edward Absher, 35, of Sparta, N.C.; shoplifting (third offense);

    • Charly Faustino Adame, 28, of Woodlawn; possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine);

  • Shentel to build local cell towers

    Staff Report

    The Sprint affiliate Shentel announced it has built new cellular sites in Galax, Hillsville and Independence to provide and enhance coverage in Carroll and Grayson counties.

    The new cell sites are equipped to provide 4G LTE, which means clearer signals, fewer dropped calls and faster download speeds to offer customers a better experience when calling, texting or streaming video, the company said.

  • Flaccavento qualifies for primary ballot

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Anthony Flaccavento’s campaign has submitted all of the necessary documents, including voter petitions, to appear on the ballot for the 9th District Democratic primary on June 12.

    The Abingdon candidate is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against incumbent Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November.

  • Former county administrator charged

    HILLSVILLE — Investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in a drug charge against William E. “Billy” Mitchell Jr., the county’s former administrator.

    An indictment returned by a Carroll County Circuit Court grand jury on March 19 formally charges Mitchell with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Police said the investigation is ongoing and could result in additional charges, based on evidence acquired during the case.

  • Art school receives state honor

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has been recognized by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as one of the 50 outstanding arts entities in the commonwealth.

    Chris Pollins, CCSA executive director, spoke about the honor and offered an update on the school’s progress at the March 12 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • General store makes the best of cold weather

    Staff Report

    MOUTH OF WILSON — In the shadow of a winter that won’t seem to quit, Grayson Highlands General Store and Inn in the Mouth of Wilson community, a short drive from Grayson Highlands State Park, has added new features to help locals and tourists enjoy snowy weather.

    Dennis Conroy, general store owner, said the store expanded to include ski and snowshoe equipment to rent or purchase.

  • Man accused of school shooting threat made stop in Hillsville

    Local law enforcement remains on even greater alert after a man who allegedly expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting was followed to Hillsville Elementary School on March 22.

    Matthew Recoy Saavedra, 20, of King, N.C., a student at UNC Charlotte, has been sighted in several local Virginia counties after being released on bond, following an earlier incident in North Carolina.

  • Man charged with assaulting teen

    HILLSVILLE – An investigation concerning a possible incident of sexual abuse in the Town of Hillsville led to the arrest of a town resident on Feb. 7.

    Investigator Stephen Brady of the Hillsville Police Department was contacted on Jan 6, just over a month before the arrest with information containing details of the offense, according to a police report.

    During a preliminary investigation, Brady determined that the case involved a 17-year-old juvenile with mental disabilities, with the primary suspect a family member’s boyfriend.

  • Hillsville could raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville plans to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent by 2019, in an effort to make the utilities self-sufficient and shore up the town’s finances.

    Hillsville Town Council discussed budgeting options at a March 19 meeting on the proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.

    Main concerns include the continued depletion of the town’s general fund, and a financial report indicated direct causation to be an internal loss of revenue from the town’s enterprise fund for water and wastewater services.

  • Lawson retiring as CATE Center principal

    INDEPENDENCE —Nearly three years after returning to the school system to serve as principal of the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center at Grayson County High School, Angie Lawson has announced that she’s ready to give her earlier plans for retirement another try.

    Lawson, who was appointed as CATE principal in November 2015, will step down on July 1. In a recent interview, Lawson said she has been honored to work with the school system, but she is ready to retire due to personal reasons.