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‘Like having a NASCAR race in Hillsville’

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Imagine taking every fan from the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis 500 and cramming them into a town of less than 3,000 people. To the uninitiated, the thought seems unfathomable, but that is exactly what happens to Hillsville each year during the annual VFW Post 1115 Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market.


Lady Cavs looking for another strong season

With a strong group of players returning and several key newcomers, Carroll County’s volleyball team is hoping to build off the momentum of last year’s successful initial season in the River Ridge District.The Cavaliers went 16-13 overall in its first season in the River Ridge District a year ago, ultimately defeating Jefferson Forest in the Conference 24 semifinals and earning a ticket to the Group 4-A North Region tournament. Leading a group of several key returning p...

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Boomers refusing to grow old

Recently, I perused an article about the aging of Baby Boomers, of which I am proudly one. Baby boomers, it appears, refuse to grow old, something I can attest to, at least in terms dictated by previous generations.Once upon a time when a person reached social security age, they were considered old. A few years ago when I turned 62 one of my poker buddies said, “You are officially an old fart.” But that was only in jest because he too is a Baby Boomer, and we boomers do...

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Maroon Tide swamps Cavs in benefit game

Galax scored twice in the first three minutes and was never threatened in rolling to a 48-14 victory over Carroll County in the annual benefit game between the nearby rivals.“Our biggest problem was we weren’t getting guys lined up right,” said Cavaliers’ head coach Eddie Sloss. “We had some injuries late in the week and were relying a lot on tenth graders. We’re asking our young kids to grow up fast.”There was a bright spot to t...

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Cana man charged with DUI, hit and run

A Cana man has been charged with DUI, two counts of hit and run and shoplifting after a three-vehicle accident Saturday in Cana.According to Virginia State Police reports, the accident happened at approximately 6 p.m. on Flower Gap Road near the intersection of Paul’s Creek Road. Daniel Eric Brame, 34, of Cana, was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee on Flowers Gap Road when he crossed the centerline and sideswiped two vehicles, a 2006 Nissan operated by Marlie Samuel Jones of Cana ...

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Holdaway charged with burglary, arson in Galax fire

A spokesperson for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark advised that Philip Allen Holdaway, 34, of Galax, has been charged with Burglary and Arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a portion of Pinecrest Apartments on August 21.The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Pinecrest Apartments at 2:04 a.m. and discovered a portion of the building fully involved. The portion of the building where the fire occurred is considered a total loss.Clark said Holdaway was...

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Ice Bucket Challenges helping ALS donations skyrocket

Unless you have been living in a cave or don’t have access to a computer, you most likely have seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges that have spread like wildfire on Facebook and other social media platforms.Celebrities such as The Rock and Jimmy Fallon to sports giants like LeBron James and Peyton Manning have all taken the challenge since it started to sweep across the nation. The premise of the challenge is simple: dump a bone-chilling cold bucket of ice water over your head...

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Hillsville mourns loss of one of its finest

Randall Gravley always pictured Hillsville as a Norman Rockwell painting. Sadly, one of the men most known for helping portray that image is no longer with Hillsville.

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Carroll Co. Soccer Association celebrating 25th anniversary

Without much fanfare, the Carroll County Soccer Association (CCSA) started in 1989 despite very little interest in the sport in the county at that time.Now, 25 years later, the organization’s impact can be seen all over the Twin Counties as several high school coaches in the area were introduced to the sport through the league. Over the past quarter of a century, the CCSA has grown from having less than 50 players its first couple of seasons to nearly 600 now.

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Galax man charged with attempted murder

A Galax man has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and several other charges after allegedly firing a weapon at a vehicle in the Food City Parking lot Wednesday in Galax.According to a press release issued by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, his department received numerous calls Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. reporting a man firing a weapon at another vehicle in the Food City Parking lot near Pizza Hut.

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Friends of Hillsville looking for new members, ideas

The Friends of Hillsville, a recently formed non-profit community organization, is looking for new members who wish to promote, preserve and enhance the Town of Hillsville and the quality of life of its citizens and visitors.“We want anyone who cares about Hillsville to have a voice,” said Laura Beth Parnell, the organization’s secretary. “We want to hear the ideas of citizens and business owners. You don’t have to be involved in everything we do, just...

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Sloss likes Cavs’ attitude

Carroll County’s first year in the River Ridge District was a learning experience to say the least. The Cavaliers failed to win any district matchups and finished 2-8 overall.That experience, however, hasn’t dampened the team’s desire to compete in what is one of the state’s toughest districts, according to new head coach Eddie Sloss.“I don’t see a defeated mentality,” said Sloss. “This summer, seventeen of 20 kids made the...

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Jigsaw puzzle no longer fun

I don’t know how popular jigsaw puzzles are with the general public nowadays, but I know the Mistress of the Manor and I do like us some puzzling. These miracles of design provide hours, days, or even weeks of entertainment for a low price, and you can do them naked if you so desire.In doing some research on these miracles of design, I found that, surprisingly, jigsaw puzzles were immensely popular during the Great Depression. Groups of homeless, disheveled, hungry people wou...

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Blackout at old town jail promises to provide chills and thrills

Ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night will make an early appearance in Hillsville this season when The Barn Crew’s Blackout opens for the stout of heart in the old Hillsville jail on Mill Street.The Blackout, in which patrons walk through the old jail with only glow sticks to light the darkness and protect them from spirits, demons and the criminally insane, is set for Friday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 31. Doors open at dusk and the cost...

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Congressman impressed by ground-breaking STEM Lab

Ninth District Congressman Morgan Griffith visited Carroll County High School on Friday to get a first-hand look at the nation’s first STEM Lab for Agriculture.Griffith said Carroll students were blessed to have such a state-of-the art facility. He left Hillsville impressed with what he saw Friday.

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Hillsville man charged in Henry County robbery

A Hillsville man has been charged with the robbery of a grocery store in Henry County.According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Brennan Trevor Phillips, 20, of Deerfield Road in Hillsville, has been charged with one felony count of robbery. The robbery is alleged to have occurred Sunday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Read’s Grocery in Spencer, Va. Phillips is currently being without bond in the Henry County Jail.

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Carroll County Ag Fair begins Aug. 20

HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 20, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.Registration for Exhibits will be held on Monday, August 18 from 9 am through 6 pm at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market Wholesale Warehouse – Exhibit Bay. Judging will follow! For more information, please visit our website at and click ...

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Discussions about depression needed in wake of Williams’ death

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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