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Today's News

  • Firefighters save dog from burning house

    FRIES — Members of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department knocked down a grease fire at a Fries home last week and rescued a canine that had run upstairs as the family was evacuating the residence.

    According to a report from Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley, the department was called to the scene of a structure fire at 18 Broom Lane at approximately 3:55 p.m. on Aug. 22. On arrival, responding firefighters found what they later determined was a grease fire that began on the stove and spread to the wall and cabinets above.

  • Kyle sentenced for child abuse

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A Fries man, charged last year in connection with a child abuse case, pleaded guilty to a felony charge in Grayson County Circuit Court on Aug. 23.

    Court records confirmed that Xavier Tyquane Kyle, 21, pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, resulting in serious injury — a Class 4 felony. The charge brought Kyle a sentence of three years and six months in prison, with all but four months suspended. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, with probation to begin upon sentencing.

  • Two charged with stolen property, evading police

    Staff Report

    Police responding to a report of an altercation ended up chasing one suspect and finding stolen property and a stolen vehicle.

    Kevin Ryan Blankenship, 24, of Fries, and Cheyenne Alexis Poulson, 20, of Galax, were arrested on Aug. 16, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    The pair was arrested after Sgt. Chris Hines and Police Officer Drew Bobbitt responded to a report of an altercation at a Galax residence. When officers arrived, Blankenship fled the home on foot.

  • 'Best Fair in Virginia' back in town

    HILLSVILLE – From famous apple pies and antique tractors, to friends on the Ferris wheel and funnel cakes, the Carroll County Agricultural Fair paraded into town for its first night of 2018 on Wednesday.

  • Grant will help Fries firefighters breathe easier

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department was recently awarded $149,405 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistant to Firefighters Grant program.

    Fries Fire Chief Chad Stanley told The Gazette that the money will be used to buy 20 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units and a new washing and drying system for firefighters’ turnout gear.

  • Huff to serve 20 months for fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE – Amanda P. Huff of Hillsville will serve less than two years for charges related to a fatal vehicle crash nearly two years ago that took the life of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

    Huff, 28, was sentenced last week in Carroll County Circuit Court.

  • Local schools join nationwide reading effort

    Staff Report

    A new educational initiative aims to increase the chances for success for local students by making sure they are reading at the appropriate level by third grade.

    Southwest Virginia schools are joining the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR Campaign), a collaborative effort to improve reading proficiency, early learning and early school success for children from low-income families.

  • Readers Hotline 8/22/18

    Get what you pay for
    How are you going to stay in a dumpy motel and then complain about the service and the cleanliness? Don’t you know that a decent hotel costs about $100 per night and you get what you pay for. If you pay $40 or $50 then of course you’re going to get a dump.

    Loud
    Today I went home for lunch. I live just above [a fitness center] and it sounded like I lived next to a bar. I don’t know what kind of party is going on, but it was loud. What is going on down there?

  • Mural honors Gladeville librarian, teacher

    GLADEVILLE – The Carroll County community has joined together to honor the memory of a local woman who served in the field of education for many years at both Gladeville Elementary School and Woodlawn High School.

    On Aug. 3, Gladeville Elementary multimedia specialist Amy Collett proudly unveiled a mural created by local artist and retired art teacher, Jeanette Roth. The creation of the mural was made possible through a generous donation by the Gladeville Ruritan Club in honor of Joe and Mary Alice Holderfield.

  • Woodlawn School eligible as historic site

    WOODLAWN – If Woodlawn School is added to the National Registry of Historic Places, developers could qualify for tax credits that would offset the cost of turning the building into apartments.

    The school, notable for its role in the history of vocational education, has already received recognition through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and an application is pending with the national registry.