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Paper ballots will be back in the voting booths next year

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There’s an old saying “Everything old is new again.” That will be proven next year when paper ballots will be used for all elections in the Town of Hillsville and Carroll County. The change came about due to General Assembly legislation in 2007.“The General Assembly passed legislation that direct read equipment (touch screens) could no longer be purchased. They want a paper trail,” said Kimberly Cloud, general registrar for Carroll County. “Our touch screen machines are repairable, but it is more cost efficient to transfer to optical scan equipment, which provide a paper trail.”


HERO Day will bring together public, those in the line of service

On May 3, Carroll County will host HERO (Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others) Day, an event designed to celebrate everyday heroes, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS technicians.The scheduled activities will not only provide a day of camaraderie and competition, but provide members of the community with the opportunity to learn about the extensive training required of those who may one day save their life. The event is free and the competition is open to everyone....

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Matthew Anthony Legg, Jr. of Independence

Matthew Anthony Legg, Jr., 5, of Independence passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Twin County Regional Hospital. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Patricia Legg.Survivors include parents, Matthew Legg, Sr. and Kristie Legg of the home; sister, Madolyn Legg of the home; maternal grandparents, Dave and Patty Conner; aunts, Rebecca Conner, Stephanie Conner, Debbie Cencer, Barbara Ging and Lynn Legg; uncles, David Conner, Mark Legg, Matt Ging and Larr...

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Donation from NASCAR driver in fast lane to Carroll students

The fruits of a $4,000 donation by NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd will soon be realized by many elementary school students in Carroll County.Shepherd, who in 2013 became the oldest person ever to start a NASCAR race at the age of 71, recently met with Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner about making a donation to a group not already served by a fund raising drive. The two met in Galax for dinner recently when Shepherd offered a $4,000 donation for a good cause. After speaking to gui...

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Wind gusts of 100 mph blow over two trucks on I-77

Estimated wind gusts of 100 miles per hour caused two tractor-trailers to overturn Tuesday on Interstate 77 North in Carroll County.According to the Virginia State Police, both vehicles overturned near the 2.7 and 2.8 mile markers on I-77 North. The first was a 2005 Volvo tractor-trailer owned and operated by Darko Jankovic of Des Plaines, Illinois. Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser said Jankovic’s vehicle was very light, loaded with about 8,000 pounds of plastic bot...

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Carroll library sponsoring book sale

HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Library is sponsoring a book sale through April 26 at the library on Beaver Dam Road in Hillsville.The sale, which is being held during normal library hours, features something for both children and adults, including magazines, fiction and nonfiction books.Prices range from 10 cents to $1, with a few special finds priced higher.Other events scheduled for the month include:* Preschool story time every Thur...

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Cana man airlifted from wreck, charged with DUI

A Cana man has been charged with DUI after a single-vehicle accident that resulted in him being airlifted from the scene of an accident in Cana on Thursday.According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Meadowbrook Road in Cana, just off Bear Trail. Kinney said Kenneth Leonard, 55, of Cana, was driving a 1985 Ford F-150 pickup truck when he ran off the road a struck a tree.Kinney said Leonard was injured...

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White supremacist accused of killing three once lived in Carroll

The man accused of killing three people Sunday at Jewish facilities near Kansas City, Kansas once resided in Carroll County for a short period of time.Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the last name Miller, is suspected of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility on Sunday.

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The Dutch Oven bakes up a hit in Hillsville

Since opening on July 3rd of last year, The Dutch Oven has been serving up fresh meats and sweet treats much to the delight of Hillsville and Carroll County.Specializing in fresh bread baked daily, create-your-own sandwiches, and doughnuts as big as most people’s heads, The Dutch Oven has quickly built a strong local following.“We’ve been blessed. To only have been open a few months, I would say it’s probably exceeded my expectations,” said ...

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Classic Creations pleased with progress in Hillsville

HILLSVILLE – When Keith Saunders, owner of Classic Creations, decided it was time to open his own screen printing business, the first thing he had to do was to find a location.Saunders lives in Martinsville and he began to look at sites near his home in both Virginia and North Carolina. He was still looking when he came to Carroll County and met County Administrator Gary Larrowe.The Carroll County IDA had recently purchased two buildings from Gildan Corp. in the Ca...

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Mayor signs proclamation recognizing AmeriCorps’ positive impact on the community

Twenty-three of 27 AmeriCorps workers gathered at Town Hall in Hillsville on April 1 for a proclamation signing by Mayor Greg Crowder. The proclamation recognizes AmeriCorps for its “positive impact” and commitment to the people of Hillsville.Although AmeriCorps started out as a tutoring program in the schools, it has now expanded to a total community service program that impacts peoples’ live on many levels, said Tonyia Gibson, the director of AmeriCorps in Carro...

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The Carroll News wins three state VPA awards

The Carroll News is excited to announce it won three first-place awards in the 2013 Virginia Press Association News Contest. Winners of this year’s state contest were announced April 5 at the annual awards banquet at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump.Editor Allen Worrell claimed two first-place awards, while staff writer Michael Howlett also won a first-place state award in the Weekly Division 1 category. Worrell’s awards came in the Sports Column Writ...

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Route 620 widening begins

Construction is underway to extend the four-laning of Route 620 near Wildwood Commerce Park at exit 19 on Interstate 77. The present two-lane road will be widened to four lanes and include the entrance to Wildwood. Sowers Construction Co. of Mt. Airy, N.C., is the general contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed in September.

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Laundry tips for men

The other day the Mistress of the Manor was relaying some interesting information about laundry. Okay, maybe not interesting, but informative, if you’re into that kind of thing. She began to explain how often a woman should wash a blouse, pants, even those frilly unmentionables, all according to the laundry experts assembled to discuss this important matter on a morning talk show.

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Carroll falls to Demons in home opener

Jake Hamley scored two goals and added an assist April 8 as Carroll County dropped its home boys’ soccer opener 4-0 to Christiansburg.Ryan Hepburn and Tyler Harrison both added goals for Christiansburg (3-1, 1-1 River Ridge). Carroll County head coach Corey Williams was visibly upset with his team as the Blue Demons stayed on the attack most of the night and limited the Cavaliers to just two shots on goal.

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Carroll budget committee won’t recommend tax increase

Although it’s still facing a shortfall of $159,000 for Fiscal Year 2014-15, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Budget Committee will not make a recommendation to raise taxes this year.The budget committee met Thursday night, and despite a tight budget, the committee says it will meet its goal of a proposed budget of balanced revenues and expenses of $39,673,766.“This is my third year of working on the budget committee and it is the tightest budget...

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Sidna Allen House donated to Historical Society

On April 4 during the intermission of “Thunder in the Hills,” the Frank Levering play about the 1912 shootout in the Carroll County Courthouse, it was announced that Bonnie Widener Wood had donated the Sidna Allen house to the Carroll County Historical Society. Wood, who grew up in the house, said she wanted the house preserved for the public. ...

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Knights tag Carroll 10-3 in district home opener

Cave Spring banged out 13 hits and took advantage of six Carroll County errors Friday in a 10-3 River Ridge District win at Bill Worrell Field in Hillsville.Carroll County (1-2, 1-1 River Ridge) hit the ball well with eight hits of its own, but the Cavaliers stranded six runners. The Knights also plated a pair of unearned runs as Carroll booted the ball to the tune of six errors.“We put the bat on ball, ours just found the glove and theirs found the hole. We also h...

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