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  • Murder suspect free on $100,000 bond

    HILLSVILLE — A 28-year-old Pipers Gap woman accused of second-degree murder from an October 2013 incident received a bond from the Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.
    Before a crowd in the courtroom, Whitney Lee Isom was granted a $100,000 secured bond, according to court officials.
    Isom had been charged by direct indictment with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in December 2013 after the shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap.

  • GES students show off tech skills

    Galax Elementary School students showed off their computer skills this year for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), earning many of them spots in this year’s Student Technology Integration Challenge (STIC).

    Students from Shannon Wilson’s technology classes were first-, second- and third-place winners, according to a news release.

    “My goal is for my students to realize that these programs are useful in everyday life,” Wilson told The Gazette.

  • Branch closes U.S. 58 project for winter

    Branch Highways has finished its second season of the U.S. 58 widening project in the Laurel Fork area of Carroll County.
    “The winter weather is a severe limitation on highway construction activities so we will have to work in a limited capacity until next spring,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent, in a news release.  

  • Bill would create animal abusers registry

    RICHMOND — Senate Bill 32 proposes to create a public animal cruelty registry to highlight “persons convicted of a felony” involving pets, police dogs and more, for consideration in the 2014 General Assembly session.
    State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents Galax and part of Carroll County, authored the bill that will go before the legislators when they convene later this month, according to the proposal’s text.

  • Adoption system keeps family dreams on hold

    Katie and Steve Day get a call every few weeks.
    A social worker tells them something that would make their dreams come true — a child could be headed to their home.
    In 2011, when the calls started, their stomachs would knot in excitement. They’d stock the refrigerator and put sheets on beds in their three spare bedrooms. They’d pray for guidance as new parents to a child who could have physical and emotional scars.
    Then they’d wait.

  • Public record for 1/1/14 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 September in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • State Line 15-7 after tournament win

     The State Line Rush varsity home school girls’ basketball team recently took home the championship trophy at the annual Jingle Ball Tournament held at North Cross School in Roanoke.

    The Rush opened the tournament by defeating New Covenant Christian 47-16 but dropped its second game 53-50 to Roanoke Valley Christian.

    The Rush began the second day of competition in the losers’ bracket but began its comeback into the championship game by downing the Lynchburg Patriots 49-36 to earn a game against top-seeded Parkway Christian.

  • Grayson County tops Galax to reach title game

     Grayson County finished with a 9-2 run and pulled away from host Galax in the second round of the Grayson National Bank Holiday Classic girls’ tournament Friday.

    Galax (3-3) closed to within 36-34 on a Lindsey Ayers free throw with 4:43 to play but the Blue Devils iced the win at the foul line, scoring their final nine points from the stripe.

    The outcome does not count in the Mountain Empire District standings.

  • Tanner, Buffs shoot down Devils

    MAX MEADOWS –– For the first eight minutes it appeared as neither Grayson County nor Floyd County would be able to break 50 points as a team. Caleb Tanner did so by himself by the end of the third quarter.

    The Floyd County scoring machine torched Grayson County for a half a hundred despite not stepping foot on the court after the third period and his Buffaloes cruised to a 98-78 win over the Blue Devils in the first round of the First Virginia Bank Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.

  • Cavaliers escape G-Men

    MAX MEADOWS –– For the better part of the first half Friday, Carroll County seemed poised to run Graham out of the gym. By the time a long day of basketball was over, the Cavaliers were just glad to get out there with a win.

    Carroll County led by as many as 19 points in the first half but was unable to put away the G-Men, who pulled to as close as five points in the final minute before falling to the Cavaliers 80-71 in the opening round of the First Virginia Bank Classic at Fort Chiswell High School.