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Today's News

  • Trial date set in Owens murder case

    HILLSVILLE ― With all the forensic evidence having been processed by the state crime lab in Roanoke, Carroll County Circuit Court officials have set the first-degree murder trial of a 31-year-old Woodlawn man for June 2014.

  • Court releases drug case search warrants

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Drug Task Force members searched two residences and a business in Galax on Sept. 15 after several undercover buys of illegal drugs, according to three search warrants sought in the case.
    The search warrants were sealed by Carroll County Circuit Court until Dec. 18, two days after the most recent meeting of the Carroll grand jury.

  • Public record for 12/18/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 12/18/13

    Steam your buns
    There is a little deli shop [address omitted in editing] … Try to make a great hot dog but theirs is just like everyone else’s because if they would just only use a steamer to steam their buns, they would have the best hot dog in Southwest Virginia. It is the only thing they lack, having the best hot dogs to brag about. They don’t brag, but they could if they steamed their buns. Nobody steams their buns anymore and the hotdogs are not much. This is coming from a hot dog lover.

  • More water work on the way at Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — More water supply work will take place at Interstate 77 Exit 1 soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority recently requested bids for an improvement project there.
    Authority officials have issued advertisements seeking sealed bids for two components in this effort:
    • for installation of lines and a pump station.
    This will include 16,100 feet of pipe up to eight inches in diameter.
    • for a 105,000 gallon water storage tank, which includes an access road and piping.

  • Woman could face federal fraud charges

    A Galax woman was arrested Dec. 11 on a direct indictment alleging that she obtained money by false pretenses from a disabled person.
    Tamara Parnell, 35, of Galax was arrested by Galax Detective Robbie Isom and a special agent of the U.S. Secret Service, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    An investigation was conducted following a complaint received by the Galax Department of Social Services, alleging that Parnell had diverted funds from an account of a female she was paid to keep in her home, Clark said.

  • Grayson disbands rec board

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors made a surprising move on Dec. 12 with the decision to disband the Grayson County Parks and Recreation Policy Committee.
    The vote was a controversial one, with citizens and two supervisors protesting the decision. Supervisor David Sexton brought the recommendation to the board, saying there had been discussion for some time about the fate of the committee leading up to that night.

  • Federal fugitive arrested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — A fugitive wanted in West Palm Beach, Fla., was apprehended in Independence on Dec. 13.
    According to a news release, more than a dozen officers from Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Service with apprehending a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last Friday.

  • Cavs capitalize on chilly Tide

    Brick happens.

    Some nights it matters not a whit how close, how far, how open or how well-guarded one is. Putting the ball in the basket will be like pushing a frayed rope through a keyhole. Galax managed to make just one of its first 34 shots from the floor while Carroll County overcame its own cold start with a torrid third quarter and raced away with a 54-28 nondistrict win Friday night.

  • Carroll boys lead start to finish

    This past weekend kicked off what was for many civic and religious organizations the prime viewing time for their annual Christmas thespian productions. And that was a good thing. For there was no drama to be found in Galax’s gym Friday night.

    Carroll County built a 10-point lead in the first quarter and was ahead by double figures for all but a few moments the rest of the way, taking a 47-35 nondistrict win over the Maroon Tide.