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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Shoplifting arrests leads to meth charge

    Staff Report

    A Galax woman is charged with felony shoplifting and possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) after an Aug. 8 incident.

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, Sgt. Trevor Jefferson was dispatched to Food City, where Melanie J. Vanover, 43, had allegedly stolen an item and then returned to the store.

    The suspected meth was discovered subsequent to her arrest.

  • Carroll County Fair begins Wednesday

    HILLSVILLE – This year’s Carroll County Agriculture Fair opens today, Wednesday, at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, off Interstate 77 in Hillsville.

    The event kicks off with a fair parade on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., featuring the Carroll County High School Band, 2018 Miss Carroll County Pageant winners, antique tractors and more. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the main arena to kick off the official start to the fair, which runs through Sunday.

  • Police shooting suspect tracked to Fla.

    SPARTA, N.C. – A Sparta man wanted for allegedly shooting at Alleghany County deputies was arrested early Sunday morning in Treasure Island, Fla., where he received severe burns after an altercation with a SWAT team.

    Donald Alfred Billings, 50, was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. He reportedly was still unconscious on Sunday.

    Billings, along with Alton Otto Smoot, 26, of Wilkes County, N.C., are both charged with shooting at deputies during a pursuit that occurred in Alleghany County on the night of Aug. 11.

  • Drugs, guns siezed in Carroll bust

    FANCY GAP – Two Alabama men have found themselves behind bars after an encounter with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Twin County Drug Task Force earlier this month, during which multiple weapons and drugs were seized.

    Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner reports that on Aug. 2, two suspects were arrested after the sheriff's office tactical team and task force agents executed a search warrant at the Country View Inn, located on Pottery Drive in Fancy Gap.

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  • 'Mr. Country Gold' signs off

    On WBRF 98.1’s, July 28 “Mr. Country Gold” show, DJs Derrick Davis and J.D. Higgins — Mr. Country Gold himself — played many songs about saying goodbye.

    That’s no great surprise; lots of classic country songs, like the old-time mountain music they spring from, are about sadness, loss and regret.

    But there was a special poignancy to this episode: it was Higgins’ last one.

  • Woman held on $1M bond for meth trafficking

    Staff Report

    LOWGAP, N.C. — A Lowgap woman is in custody under a bond of more than $1 million for charges related to a meth operation.

    Lowgap is just over the Virginia border from Grayson County.

    According to a news release, narcotics detectives from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Airy Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant Aug. 9 at 263 Richardson Trail in Lowgap.

  • Beasley’s sentencing hearing postponed

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Circuit Court has granted a continuance for the sentencing hearing for a case that has been active since September 2016 against Kevin Nelson Beasley.

    Beasley’s sentencing hearing was originally set to take place on Aug. 14, but has been moved forward to Oct. 3.

  • Fries hears riverside park plans

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council meeting on Aug. 7 served as an effective brainstorming session for potential improvements to the Fries Town Park; as well as an update on a plan to renovate the park’s playground.

    Cindy Rowe, manager of the Fries Farmers’ Market, gave a presentation highlighting ideas for increasing tourist traffic.