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Today's News

  • State police cite hundreds for texting while driving

    Since the act of texting while driving became a primary offense July 1, Virginia State Police troopers have cited several hundred motorists statewide.
    From July 1 through Sept. 28, troopers have stopped and charged 328 drivers for violating Virginia’s “texting while driving” law, according to a state police news release.

  • Screenprinting company to create 55 jobs, invest $1.4 million

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations Screen Printing will create 55 jobs and invest $1.4 million in a facility in Carroll County Industrial Park, according to a Tuesday announcement by CEO Keith Sanders.
    In a crowded board of supervisors room, Sanders noted that he chose Hillsville and Carroll County as the location for his startup business due to the quality workforce that’s available here and the help he’s gotten from local and state representatives over the last 14 months.

  • Big payday for 14-year-old

    Will McCraw, a 14-year-old from East Bend, N.C., won the 2013 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) world championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., and later won the 13th annual Hillbilly Redneck Truck and Trailer Explosion in Morristown, Tenn.

    Hosting competitors from seven countries, the AQHYA world championships may have seen a new record set as McCraw roped his calf in 1.9 seconds to win the Breakaway Roping championship. According to research so far, McCraw’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at an AQHYA event.

  • Carroll County refuses to go down quietly

    HILLSVILLE –– Salem will overmatch most of the football teams it plays, Carroll County included. But the Cavaliers refused to roll over against one of the most storied football programs in the state.

    The Spartans jumped out to a 33-point lead but Carroll County managed to put up 21 points in the second half, eventually taking a 47-21 loss in a River Ridge District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.

  • Maroon Tide throttles Wave

    If you’ve never seen a player dribble a football down the field en route to a touchdown, you weren’t in the crowd Friday night as Galax throttled Narrows 55-7.

    The Maroon Tide’s standout senior runningback, Steven Peoples, continued to rack up the yards and touchdowns, less than a week removed from setting a new Virginia High School League single game rushing mark, and provided a play worthy of the SportsCenter Top10.

    Galax (4-4, 2-1 MED) moved the ball at will Friday night, scoring on their first two possessions.

  • Fort’s big minute subdues GC

    INDEPENDENCE –– With about a minute left in the first half Friday, Grayson County was in about as good a shape as it could have hoped for against an undefeated Fort Chiswell team that hadn’t been challenged but once all season.

    But there were those other 60 little seconds.

    Fort Chiswell scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 46 seconds of the first half and ran away from Grayson County, taking a 41-19 Mountain Empire District win Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/28/13

    Editor’s note:
    Calls commenting on specific candidates for political office are not published in the Readers’ Hotline.

    Trustworthiness

  • Supervisor reverses decision on RV retreat

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Board of Supervisors member has rescinded a motion that he made in July to vacate a plat belonging to Fancy Gap resident who wanted to make changes to his RV retreat property.
    Property owner Stephen Gregson appeared at the Oct. 21 supervisors’ meeting to discuss the matter, noting that his attorney had begun a discussion with County Attorney Jim Cornwell about the matter.

  • Fire destroys Baywood home

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire in Baywood on Monday evening.
    According to a report from Fire Chief David Hankley, the department heard the call to 1465 Cold Spring Lane at approximately 9:30 p.m. On arrival, firefighters found a single-story residence with fire consuming half of the building.

  • GOING THE DISTANCE: Galax Autumn Days 5K

    The annual Autumn Days 5K Run was held at Felts Park in Galax on Oct. 19.

    The event began with a children’s race at 9 a.m., and the main 5K race began at 10 a.m. Contestants of all ages participated in the race that began at Felts Park and took them in a loop that covered a section of U.S. 58. Roads were closed for the runners’ safety until the race was complete.