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DOBSON — Putting together another winning season while also giving back to the community, Surry Community College's volleyball team recently wrapped up a successful year on and off the court.
The Knights finished the season with a 15-12 record and were rewarded for their efforts as freshman outside hitter Haley Hartman (Starmount High School

Surry reflects on another successful volleyball season

DOBSON — Putting together another winning season while also giving back to the community, Surry Community College's volleyball team recently wrapped up a successful year on and off the court. The Knights finished the season with a 15-12 record and were rewarded for their efforts as freshman outside hitter Haley Hartman (Starmount High School

Unable to find its outside shot early, Carroll County's girls started to attack the basket to turn an early struggle with Christiansburg into a 54-26 River Ridge District rout Friday in Hillsville.
The Lady Cavaliers made just 3-of-18 3-pointers on the night, while a pesky Christiansburg (3-14, 0-8 River Ridge) team hurt Carroll County (11-4, 6-2

Lady Cavs attack basket, paste Demons

Unable to find its outside shot early, Carroll County's girls started to attack the basket to turn an early struggle with Christiansburg into a 54-26 River Ridge District rout Friday in Hillsville. The Lady Cavaliers made just 3-of-18 3-pointers on the night, while a pesky Christiansburg (3-14, 0-8 River Ridge) team hurt Carroll County (11-4, 6-2

In sports, every team will lose a heartbreaker, fall in gut-wrenching fashion or take a stomach-punch of a defeat at some point. Unfortunately for Carroll County, it felt like the Cavaliers suffered all three Friday night in a 76-68 overtime loss to Christiansburg.
Poised to win its first River Ridge District contest of the season, the Cavaliers s

Cavs drop ultimate heartbreaker to Demons

In sports, every team will lose a heartbreaker, fall in gut-wrenching fashion or take a stomach-punch of a defeat at some point. Unfortunately for Carroll County, it felt like the Cavaliers suffered all three Friday night in a 76-68 overtime loss to Christiansburg. Poised to win its first River Ridge District contest of the season, the Cavaliers s

The Carroll County Republican Primary is now set for Sat., May 16 and will feature a pair of contested races.
A total of 10 candidates filed before Monday's deadline for eight positions. The Carroll County Republican Party will select its slate of candidates to run in the Nov. 3 general election during the primary to be held on Saturday, May 16.

Republican Primary to feature two contested races

The Carroll County Republican Primary is now set for Sat., May 16 and will feature a pair of contested races. A total of 10 candidates filed before Monday's deadline for eight positions. The Carroll County Republican Party will select its slate of candidates to run in the Nov. 3 general election during the primary to be held on Saturday, May 16.

Fire crews cleared the scene of a fire at about 9 p.m. Saturday night at Magnolia Manufacturing in Hillsville.
Fire crews from Hillsville, Galax, Willis, Barren Springs, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, and Laurel Fork were among those on the scene. Firefighters worked for about an hour-and-a-half to clear the scene. Hillsville Volunteer Fire Dep

Fire crews contain fire at Magnolia

Fire crews cleared the scene of a fire at about 9 p.m. Saturday night at Magnolia Manufacturing in Hillsville. Fire crews from Hillsville, Galax, Willis, Barren Springs, Carroll County Fire & Rescue, and Laurel Fork were among those on the scene. Firefighters worked for about an hour-and-a-half to clear the scene. Hillsville Volunteer Fire Dep

Led by a host of versatile area players, Surry Community College's softball team has a lofty goal for 2015 – a trip to the NJCAA College World Series in Clinton, Mississippi.
Although the Knights are few in numbers, the talent is certainly there to make a run to the big dance. After finishing 28-14 last year and tying for first place in Regi

Surry has sights set on CWS

Led by a host of versatile area players, Surry Community College's softball team has a lofty goal for 2015 – a trip to the NJCAA College World Series in Clinton, Mississippi. Although the Knights are few in numbers, the talent is certainly there to make a run to the big dance. After finishing 28-14 last year and tying for first place in Regi

The deaths of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York sparked media outrage and national debate in 2014 over police use of force. On Thursday, Criminal Justice students at Carroll County High School got a first-hand look at what police go through in similar instances.
Dressed in a “Redman” suit for prot

CCHS students learn about use of police force

The deaths of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York sparked media outrage and national debate in 2014 over police use of force. On Thursday, Criminal Justice students at Carroll County High School got a first-hand look at what police go through in similar instances. Dressed in a “Redman” suit for prot

Two Carroll County women were fortunate to escape a two-vehicle crash Thursday in Fancy Gap with only minor injuries.
According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.D. Horton, Mary Roberts, 62, of Fancy Gap, was traveling northbound on U.S. 52 in a 2003 Ford Ranger at 1:25 p.m. when she attempted to turn onto Chances Creek Road. Roberts then

No major injuries after truck flips in Fancy Gap crash

Two Carroll County women were fortunate to escape a two-vehicle crash Thursday in Fancy Gap with only minor injuries. According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper R.D. Horton, Mary Roberts, 62, of Fancy Gap, was traveling northbound on U.S. 52 in a 2003 Ford Ranger at 1:25 p.m. when she attempted to turn onto Chances Creek Road. Roberts then

It was a big week for Carroll County's wrestling team as the Cavaliers honored their seniors Jan. 21 and then saw three wrestlers place in the Big Orange Tournament at William Byrd High School on Saturday.
Carroll County hosted Pulaski County and Bassett for Senior Night on Jan. 21. Prior to the match, senior wrestlers Gavin Scott, Joey Hoer and J

Carroll honors wrestling seniors

It was a big week for Carroll County's wrestling team as the Cavaliers honored their seniors Jan. 21 and then saw three wrestlers place in the Big Orange Tournament at William Byrd High School on Saturday. Carroll County hosted Pulaski County and Bassett for Senior Night on Jan. 21. Prior to the match, senior wrestlers Gavin Scott, Joey Hoer and J

With approximately 500 World War II veterans dying every day and Vietnam vets now aging in their 60s and 70s, membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been steadily declining nationally over the past two decades. A group of post-Vietnam War era vets hopes to reverse that trend at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.
After a meeting l

The Young Guns: the new VFW generation

With approximately 500 World War II veterans dying every day and Vietnam vets now aging in their 60s and 70s, membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars has been steadily declining nationally over the past two decades. A group of post-Vietnam War era vets hopes to reverse that trend at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville. After a meeting l

Benefit fundraiser Jan. 31 for CCHS varsity soccer teams

The Carroll County High School soccer program will host its second annual Basket Bingo/Sabika fundraiser for the varsity boys' and girls' soccer team on Sat., Jan. 31 at St. Paul School in Cana. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and games will start at 6 p.m. In addition to Longaberger Baskets and Sabika Jewelry, there will be Scentsy and other great item

While Carroll County came just short of pulling off its first district victory of the year Friday, the Cavaliers proved how far they have come Friday in a 77-73 home loss to Blacksburg.
Turning the ball over on six of its first seven possessions and not making a field goal for the first five minutes, Carroll County (4-8, 0-5 River Ridge District)

Cavs show vast improvement in close loss

While Carroll County came just short of pulling off its first district victory of the year Friday, the Cavaliers proved how far they have come Friday in a 77-73 home loss to Blacksburg. Turning the ball over on six of its first seven possessions and not making a field goal for the first five minutes, Carroll County (4-8, 0-5 River Ridge District)

The Tennessee man charged in a 2014 home invasion on Ivanhoe Road in Carroll County will serve 28 years and 60 days in prison.
James Danny Miller, 42, of Dandridge, Tenn., and his juvenile son were taken into custody Feb. 22, 2014 after deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of an armed home invasion in the 8000

Miller sentenced to 28 years in Carroll home invasion

The Tennessee man charged in a 2014 home invasion on Ivanhoe Road in Carroll County will serve 28 years and 60 days in prison. James Danny Miller, 42, of Dandridge, Tenn., and his juvenile son were taken into custody Feb. 22, 2014 after deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call of an armed home invasion in the 8000

Two former athletes and one supporter will be inducted into the second class of the Carroll County High School Sports Hall of Fame on January 30 at CCHS.
The ceremony will take place in between Carroll County's varsity girls' and boys' basketball games with Christiansburg. The ceremony is expected to take place at approximately 7 p.m., depending o

Three to be inducted into CCHS Sports Hall of Fame

Two former athletes and one supporter will be inducted into the second class of the Carroll County High School Sports Hall of Fame on January 30 at CCHS. The ceremony will take place in between Carroll County's varsity girls' and boys' basketball games with Christiansburg. The ceremony is expected to take place at approximately 7 p.m., depending o

Firefighters brave freezing temps to try to save house

Area firefighters braved near zero wind chill temperatures Jan. 7 for approximately four hours in an attempt to save a house on Baker Mines Road in Sylvatus. And while the home itself will probably be a total loss due to structural damage, firefighters were able to contain the fire to a couple of areas and save a large amount of personal property f

Jarrett Thomas and Brennan Vaught both finished third Saturday to lead Carroll County in the Ed Cressel Wrestling Tournament at Virginia High in Bristol.
As a team, Carroll County finished 13th out of 18 schools as six Cavaliers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Thomas quietly had one of the best performances of the day t

Six Carroll wrestlers place in Bristol

Jarrett Thomas and Brennan Vaught both finished third Saturday to lead Carroll County in the Ed Cressel Wrestling Tournament at Virginia High in Bristol. As a team, Carroll County finished 13th out of 18 schools as six Cavaliers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes. Thomas quietly had one of the best performances of the day t

Carroll County brought enough energy and played well enough defensively to upset Salem Friday in a River Ridge District game in Hillsville. But eventually, 26 turnovers and a poor shooting night from the charity stripe doomed the Cavaliers in a 54-45 loss.
Carroll County (4-7, 0-4 River Ridge District) held Salem scoreless the first five minutes o

Turnovers doom Cavs in loss to Salem

Carroll County brought enough energy and played well enough defensively to upset Salem Friday in a River Ridge District game in Hillsville. But eventually, 26 turnovers and a poor shooting night from the charity stripe doomed the Cavaliers in a 54-45 loss. Carroll County (4-7, 0-4 River Ridge District) held Salem scoreless the first five minutes o

The Carroll County Historical Society Museum will be displaying new items to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the ending of the Civil War. To make the display even more pertinent to Carroll County, the historical society is asking the public to participate by loaning artifacts or photos of their ancestors who served in the War Between the States.

Museum display to celebrate Civil War Sesquicentennial

The Carroll County Historical Society Museum will be displaying new items to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the ending of the Civil War. To make the display even more pertinent to Carroll County, the historical society is asking the public to participate by loaning artifacts or photos of their ancestors who served in the War Between the States.

Delegate Jeff Campbell hopes to tackle several public safety issues as well as continue the fight to keep the Southwest Virginia Training Center open when the Virginia House of Delegates convenes for its General Assembly session beginning Jan. 14.
Campbell, the 6th District Republican Delegate serving Carroll County, plans to introduce a number of

Campbell to co-sponsor bill to keep training center open

Delegate Jeff Campbell hopes to tackle several public safety issues as well as continue the fight to keep the Southwest Virginia Training Center open when the Virginia House of Delegates convenes for its General Assembly session beginning Jan. 14. Campbell, the 6th District Republican Delegate serving Carroll County, plans to introduce a number of

David Hutchins has announced his intentions to run for a third term as the Sulphur Springs District representative on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.
Hutchins told The Carroll News on Jan. 5 that he will run in the Republican Primary on May 16 in hopes of gaining his party's nomination for re-election to the board. Hutchins has served as

Hutchins seeks third term on board of supervisors

David Hutchins has announced his intentions to run for a third term as the Sulphur Springs District representative on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. Hutchins told The Carroll News on Jan. 5 that he will run in the Republican Primary on May 16 in hopes of gaining his party's nomination for re-election to the board. Hutchins has served as





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