Today's News

  • State parks visitation hit record high in 2013

    RICHMOND – Virginia State Parks once again set a new attendance record with 8.87 million visitors in 2013, 6 percent higher than 2012’s record attendance of 8.37 million.
    The 36 award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

  • Hearing date set in Isom murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A defense attorney in the case of a 28-year-old woman accused of second-degree murder has petitioned the Carroll County Circuit Court for a discovery hearing.

  • Billings murder suspect serving federal prison sentence

    Chad Allen Reeves could have to wait until his federal sentence is served before standing trial for murder in the 2002 shooting death of Brandon Billings.
    Reeves, 33, from Fries, is serving 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

  • Citizens sound off on zoning repeal

    INDEPENDENCE — A four-hour Grayson Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 9 was highlighted by citizens’ comments regarding the board’s 3-2 vote to repeal the county’s zoning ordinance last month.
    The meeting featured a huge crowd and 30 speakers, with the majority opposed to the zoning repeal.
    One set of supervisors and citizens believes the law has cost the county jobs and investments by potential employers, while others argue that zoning protects the county’s natural resources and is a necessary tool to guide future development.

  • Sapp, Cole engagement announced

    Junior and Darlene Anderson of Fries announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Sharlene Sapp to Jeffrey Lee Cole, son of Pauline Cole of Galax and the late Bobby Cole.

    A Jan. 18, 2014, wedding is planned at 1 p.m. at Fries Baptist Church in Fries.

  • Blevins brothers have birthdays

    Blake Anderson Blevins celebrated his second birthday Oct. 24, 2013, with a farm animal birthday party with his family.

    Hayden Thomas Blevins celebrated his fifth birth Dec. 10, 2013, with an Avengers birthday party with his family and friends at Macado’s. They are the children of Jason and Alison Blevins of Galax. Their grandparents are Jim and Brenda Blevins of Ennice, N.C., and Ray and Nonnie Plummer of Troutdale.

  • Brothers celebrate birthdays

    The Richardson brothers celebrated birthdays in October. Dawson was seven, Luke was four and Lee was two. They are the sons of Leigh Ann and Paul Richardson of Wytheville.

    Their grandparents are David and Cindy Roop of Fries and Vicky Richardson of Galax. Their great-grandparents are Carroll and Peggy Linebery and Bill and Shelby Cox, all of Galax.

  • Celebrates 74 years

    Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 74th anniversary Dec. 23.

  • Public record for 1/15/14 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  
    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Charges evoke memories of a ‘gentle giant’

    Through shared experiences, bonds are made over the course of months or years, or even in the span of a few moments, that are unbreakable and unmatched by those who have not endured similar experiences.

    Combat can create brothers out of people who otherwise may never have crossed each other’s paths.

    High school football – or, combat on a civic, recreational scale – can make the closest of kin out of young men with different backgrounds or different skin tones.

    A shared feeling of loss can result in the bonding of hundreds.