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Today's News

  • One-fourteen, one-oh-six

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County athletic department will never make a buck if it keeps giving away free basketball like this.

  • Stormwater study reveals what’s beneath city streets

    Improvements to roughly two miles of pipe in the Galax stormwater system would likely cost $10.6 million, but are needed, said Kevin Heath of The Lane Group at the Jan. 28 city council meeting.

    Heath gave council the group’s findings in a lengthy presentation. The Lane Group was enlisted to perform a study after the flooding events in the fall of 2018.

  • Hemp could be cash crop for Hillsville

    As a result of a federal farm bill that allows commercial hemp production, a local resident and Virginia Tech honors graduate presented a business proposal during the Jan. 28 town council meeting that he feels would “bring textile infrastructure to Hillsville.”

    Travis Wagoner, who has recently pursued his passion for science at the university, said he has been working diligently with investors in the hemp industry.

  • Grand jury indicts 22

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 25 returned indictments against 22 suspects on a variety of charges.

    The indictments included:

    • Brittany Danae Moss – two counts for the attempt to deliver drugs to a prisoner; conspiracy to sell, give or distribute marijuana to a prisoner; conspiracy to sell, give or distribute a Schedule III controlled substance (suboxone); and sale, gift or distribution of a Schedule III controlled substance (suboxone).

  • Galax man faces firearm charges

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested on firearm-related charges on Jan. 21, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Sgt. Jody Poole and officers Jason Hawks, Sarah Patton and Silverio Gonzales responded to a call about a disturbance on West Center Street, according to a police report. Upon arrival, Hawks spoke to the victim about an altercation that happened in the area of Oldtown Market.

  • Readers Hotline 1/30/19

    See how you like it
    Are you serious? A handful of Republicans, probably men, don’t want to pass ERA in Virginia. Talk about old-fashioned. I think it’s time for women to turn the tide and tell the men what they can do and not do with their bodies. See how they like it. Thank God for all you decent men out there who realize we were all made in the image of God.

  • Hillsville sees water revenue surplus

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville received positive updates regarding its water system during the Jan. 28, along with findings of a utility rate study for the past year.

    The town’s water and sewer systems could be self-supporting in the next few years; and water customers might see a rate decrease next year.

    Dennis Amos, an associate of consulting firm Hurt & Proffitt, attended Monday’s meeting to present details of an evaluation of the town’s water and sewer rates.

  • Kemp to run for sheriff in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Kevin Kemp, a Carroll native and community leader in the county, has announced he is seeking the nomination as candidate for sheriff in the upcoming Republican primary.

    If nominated, Kemp would run in the November general election.

    Kemp will have 21 full-time years of experience working in law enforcement in April, and has served with both the Hillsville Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, where he currently serves as a corporal. He also serves as the Carroll County High School resource officer.

  • Grayson teachers request raises

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Debby Greif, president of the Grayson County Education Association (GCEA), asked for salary increases for teachers during a budget presentation at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Grayson County School Board.

    In her report, Greif discussed things the GCEA would like included in the 2019-2020 school budget.

    The main points the GCEA would like to see included in the budget are:

    • All teachers’ salaries adjusted to match their experience level;

  • Parkway catching up on maintenance after shutdown ends

    Staff Report

    With the federal government shutdown over (at least temporarily) the Blue Ridge Parkway resumed regular winter operations on Monday.

    The National Park Service, which operates the Parkway, reminds visitors to remain patient as staff members assess road conditions on sections that remain closed due to debris and winter weather conditions.