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Michael Howlett

Position: Staff Writer
E-Mail Address: mhowlett@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: (276) 779-4013

Latest Stories by Michael Howlett

While trying to come to grips with a topic this week I suffered a sprained wrist. Okay, I realize that's not as funny as I first thought, or, to be perfectly honest, not funny at all. However, writing is not all champagne wishes and caviar dreams, damn it. No siree, sometimes you have to work at it.
On some occassions the words flow as freely as t

List of must-read books comes up short

While trying to come to grips with a topic this week I suffered a sprained wrist. Okay, I realize that's not as funny as I first thought, or, to be perfectly honest, not funny at all. However, writing is not all champagne wishes and caviar dreams, damn it. No siree, sometimes you have to work at it. On some occassions the words flow as freely as t

Town council approves clerk position

Following a closed session during the town council meeting on Jan. 12, board members voted to advertise for a new clerical position. The person hired for the accounting/data processing/secretarial position will assist Town Manager Retta Jackson, Treasurer LeAnna Hines and other office personnel. Those interested must have knowledge of clerical me

The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) received a $3,500 donation from Walmart on Jan. 9. Galax Walmart Manager Todd Taylor and Pam Chamberlain, community involvement coordinator, presented the check to HVFD Chief Donny Spangler.
Chamberlain said Walmart has helped various organizations in the Twin County area, including schools, homeless

HVFD receives $3,500 from Walmart

The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) received a $3,500 donation from Walmart on Jan. 9. Galax Walmart Manager Todd Taylor and Pam Chamberlain, community involvement coordinator, presented the check to HVFD Chief Donny Spangler. Chamberlain said Walmart has helped various organizations in the Twin County area, including schools, homeless

Music has always been a part of me. As a child, I grew up with music in my home and remember my parents and me going to my great-grandfather's house in Woodlawn, where a music jam would often break out.
My great-grandfather, my grandmother and her brothers could play a variety of musical instruments. In fact, one of my grandmother's brothers made

The music hasn't died yet

Music has always been a part of me. As a child, I grew up with music in my home and remember my parents and me going to my great-grandfather's house in Woodlawn, where a music jam would often break out. My great-grandfather, my grandmother and her brothers could play a variety of musical instruments. In fact, one of my grandmother's brothers made

Whitney Lee Isom was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler on Jan. 7. for her role in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier.
Isom was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pled guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in October of 2014 following a plea bargain. The

Isom sentenced to 10 years in prison for role in Frazier's death

Whitney Lee Isom was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler on Jan. 7. for her role in the 2013 shooting death of Kevin Heath Frazier. Isom was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pled guilty to an amended charge of involuntary manslaughter in October of 2014 following a plea bargain. The

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Carroll County has added two new members to its staff.
Suzanne Slack joined the staff in October of last year as a commercial horticulture agent. She received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Penn State and a master's degree in plant pathology from Michigan State.
“I'm very excited to be

Carroll Extension adds two new agents

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Carroll County has added two new members to its staff. Suzanne Slack joined the staff in October of last year as a commercial horticulture agent. She received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Penn State and a master's degree in plant pathology from Michigan State. “I'm very excited to be

When I have a question about the manly way of doing things, I have a source that always provides the information I need. That source? A website called The Art of Manliness, of course.
Thanks to this website, I am constantly finding out just how inept I've been at even the simplest things, whether it be how to talk to my barber, how to properly rol

Being manly takes a lot of work

When I have a question about the manly way of doing things, I have a source that always provides the information I need. That source? A website called The Art of Manliness, of course. Thanks to this website, I am constantly finding out just how inept I've been at even the simplest things, whether it be how to talk to my barber, how to properly rol

Sky View Missionary Baptist Church unwrapped a very large present just prior to Christmas, one that will not only serve its congregation, but fellow citizens of Carroll County as well.
The present was a full-sized gymnasium, complete with a stage and changing rooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, bathroom and shower facilities and an upstairs room tha

Sky View opens new gym

Sky View Missionary Baptist Church unwrapped a very large present just prior to Christmas, one that will not only serve its congregation, but fellow citizens of Carroll County as well. The present was a full-sized gymnasium, complete with a stage and changing rooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, bathroom and shower facilities and an upstairs room tha

The Cavalier Classic, Carroll County High School's yearbook, has been selected as a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown (CSPA) Finalist.
The 58 yearbooks from across the nation selected as finalists will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown during the CSPA's annual Spring Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in New York City on Ma

Cavalier Classic among nation's best

The Cavalier Classic, Carroll County High School's yearbook, has been selected as a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown (CSPA) Finalist. The 58 yearbooks from across the nation selected as finalists will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown during the CSPA's annual Spring Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in New York City on Ma

With the New Year only a few days away, it's time to come up with some resolutions. You know, things like I'm going to donate more to charity, I'm going to lose 30 pounds, or I'm going to quit going to the mailbox nekkid. That sort of thing.
Now, me and resolutions have never found a common ground, so to speak. There were times in the past when I

I was born this way

With the New Year only a few days away, it's time to come up with some resolutions. You know, things like I'm going to donate more to charity, I'm going to lose 30 pounds, or I'm going to quit going to the mailbox nekkid. That sort of thing. Now, me and resolutions have never found a common ground, so to speak. There were times in the past when I

Bob Martin, current representative from the Pine Creek District on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, has announced he will run in the Republican Primary on May 16 in hopes of gaining his party's nomination for re-election to the board.
“I have always tried to support any measure that would bring in new business to Carroll County,̶

Martin to run for re-election to the board of supervisors

Bob Martin, current representative from the Pine Creek District on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, has announced he will run in the Republican Primary on May 16 in hopes of gaining his party's nomination for re-election to the board. “I have always tried to support any measure that would bring in new business to Carroll County,̶





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