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Today's News

  • Delegate facing challenge in primary

    Staff Report

    Del. Israel O’Quinn will be challenged early on this election year, as he faces opposition in this week’s GOP primary by opponent Michael Osborne.

    The Republican primary is on Tuesday and will determine which candidates are on the ballot in the Nov. 5 general election. All 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates and all 40 state senators will be elected in November.

  • Citizens speak out against water fees

    HILLSVILLE – Following the extensively debated topic of nonuser fees charged to some residents in Carroll County for utility services, committees spent months working to develop new water rates and fee structures

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposed solution tonight, Monday.

    A public hearing was held June 3 regarding the topic, in order for county officials to provide clarifications and solicit comments from citizens regarding the revised rate structures.

  • Carroll PSA director is latest to resign

    HILLSVILLE – A third county official in Carroll County has submitted a letter of resignation, two weeks after the county administrator and assistant county administrator resigned.

    On June 5, Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA), resigned.

    Montgomery, who has served the county since 2009, was originally appointed as engineer for the PSA. She was later hired in 2015 as the executive director of the authority.

  • Scammers steal wallet by causing distraction

    HILLSVILLE – Local authorities have advised business owners and citizens to remain vigilant after two incidents occurred earlier this week involving thefts from two separate nursing homes in the Carroll County area.

    According to Hillsville Police Chief Shannon Goad and Sgt. R.D. Horton with the Virginia State Police, investigations are ongoing.

  • Charges range from shoplifting to strangulation

    Staff Report

    Recent arrests in the City of Galax have involved drug violations, shoplifting strangulation.

    While conducting a road check in the city on May 29, Officer Dakota Martin arrested Sarah D. Walton, 36, of Independence, and Justin M. Yacovielle, 32, of Galax, for possession of a controlled substance, according to a Galax Police Department report.

    Walton was released on a $5,000 secured bond; Yacovielle is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

    No photo was available for Walton.

  • Readers Hotline 6/5/19

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  • IDA concerned about Carroll government

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is moving ahead with the process of selecting a new county administrator, and members of the county’s Industrial Development Authority want to make sure their input is heard during the hiring process.

    Several areas of concern were discussed among members of the Carroll County IDA at is meeting on Monday, regarding personnel issues that have arisen as a result of the recent resignations of the county administrator and assistant county administrator.

  • Carroll assists with raid of cock fighting operation

    Staff Report

    CLAUDVILLE — An 18-month investigation ended in the mass arrest of more than 70 people on June 1, at an alleged illegal cock fighting venue that police believe has ties to Mexican drug cartels.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department was one of the regional law enforcement agencies assisting with the raid in Patrick County.

  • Mountains of Music Homecoming begins this weekend

    Staff Report

    Tributes to icons of Appalachian music, concerts on floating stages, and dancers equipped with motion sensors are all part of The Crooked Road’s 5th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7-15.

  • Williams faces new charges in fatal crash

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — A man already charged with first-degree murder for allegedly causing a 2018 vehicle fatality that killed a teenager has now been indicted on four counts of malicious wounding for injuries sustained by other passengers in the vehicle.

    Indictments against Steven Henry Williams of Independence were just recently unsealed, following a grand jury hearing April 26 in Grayson County Circuit Court.