Today's News

  • Hammer defense requests paint analysis, special litigator

    INDEPENDENCE — The defense team for Frederick Phillip Hammer — charged with the shooting deaths of Ronald Hudler, his son Frederick Hudler and a Hudler farm worker John Steven Miller — asked Judge Brett Geisler during a motions hearing on Wednesday to allow for extra analysis of a paint chip and a litigator to rebut allegations that Hammer would be a danger in the future.

    Defense Attorney Robert Finch said he would like to send a paint chip to Microtrace LLC in New York for thorough testing.

  • Smith: use stimulus funds with caution

    HILLSVILLE — The nearly $1.6 million in funding from the federal stimulus package could save jobs in the Carroll County Public School System, and educators remain hopeful that the government will allow more flexibility in the recovery effort.

  • Wii Workout

    It has been 30 years since 60-year-old Nancy Lineberry and her 62-year-old husband Roger have rolled a bowling ball, but recently Roger scored a 198 and Nancy a 168 at a game of bowling — on a Nintendo Wii, that is.

    Since the Galax Recreation Center purchased the popular gaming system for the senior lounge, the Lineberrys said they can finally get back to the sports that they used to enjoy when they were younger, like golf, bowling, tennis and baseball.

  • Horton appeal denied

    HILLSVILLE — The 14 cruelty to animal convictions against a Hillsville businessman in a puppy mill case have been upheld by a Virginia Appeals Court judge.

    This makes the second time a court has refused to overturn the 14 misdemeanor convictions against Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. resulting from a trial in Carroll General District Court.

    Those animal cruelty charges, as well as the 25 animal neglect convictions that went uncontested in this appeal, stem from a national Humane Society and Virginia PAWS campaign to expose puppy mills in the state.

  • Grayson gives Elk Creek to firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of more than 30 Elk Creek Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department members in attendance, the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week approved transferring the old Elk Creek School property to the fire department — for free.

    Kevin Spurlin, representing the county's School Facilities Committee, wasted no time telling the board what the community wanted out of the building.

  • SOL scores on the rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary scores for eighth graders and end-of-course tests for high school students brought good news to the Carroll County School Board in February.

    The scores show some of the highest results ever achieved in Carroll schools since Standards of Learning tests began in 1998, according Beverly Parker, director of school improvement.

    "In this time of economic struggle... I am very pleased to bring these results to you tonight," she told the school board.

  • Trojans knock off Galax 9-3

    Wiffle balls and batting cages are great, but there’s no substitute for actually being on the dirt doing the real thing.

    Hampered by a conspiracy between basketball and Mother Nature that has kept Galax indoors most of the young season, the Maroon Tide dropped its season opener Wednesday, falling 9-3 to Alleghany, N.C., in a nondistrict game at Mountain View Park.

    Alleghany was playing its fourth game, while Galax has been outside fewer than five times altogether in coach Verl Brown’s estimation.

  • Goins, Frazier named all-region

    Those who didn’t get a chance to see any of the top five girls’ basketball players in Region IV shouldn’t worry too much. All five of them will be back.

    Three juniors, including Carroll County’s Kayla Goins, and two sophomores headed up the first-team all-region squad, while in Region C boys’ voting, Galax’s Cameron Frazier was a first-team pick.

  • Hillsville submits stimulus ideas

    HILLSVILLE — Could the federal stimulus package finance more revitalization work downtown and across Hillsville?

    Town Manager Larry South added several entries to the Virginia stimulus database Web site and registered Hillsville with its federal counterpart, after being encouraged to do so by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon).

    Two suggestions for the funds, which are meant to create jobs through infrastructure projects, relate directly to the downtown area.

  • Carroll looks at new fire, rescue policies

    HILLSVILLE — Increased oversight of volunteers and volunteer agencies will likely result from two decisions made by the Carroll supervisors at the March 9 board meeting.

    The supervisors considered two policy recommendations from the Emergency Services Board that included suspending volunteers from service when accused of crimes and requiring each fire and rescue squad to have a financial audit.