Michael Howlett

Position: Staff Writer
E-Mail Address: mhowlett@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Michael Howlett

A hard, soaking rain pounded the Carroll County and Blacksburg football teams on Sept. 12 at Tommy Thompson Field, but it was the Bruins that dealt with the elements best to pull out a 16-0 win over the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers' defense played a solid game, but the offense had trouble executing in the downpour.
“I'm very proud of how we play

Bruins prove better in mud than Cavs

A hard, soaking rain pounded the Carroll County and Blacksburg football teams on Sept. 12 at Tommy Thompson Field, but it was the Bruins that dealt with the elements best to pull out a 16-0 win over the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers' defense played a solid game, but the offense had trouble executing in the downpour. “I'm very proud of how we play

Over a year ago some yahoo discovered the Higgs boson or “God particle,” if you prefer. As you may remember, I got very excited about this because I thought it would mean we would be able to teleport from one place to another, make ourselves invisible or possibly reduce the size of Kim Kardashian's behind. Of course, none of that came t

More doom and gloom from Hawking

Over a year ago some yahoo discovered the Higgs boson or “God particle,” if you prefer. As you may remember, I got very excited about this because I thought it would mean we would be able to teleport from one place to another, make ourselves invisible or possibly reduce the size of Kim Kardashian's behind. Of course, none of that came t

Around a hundred people gathered at VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville on Sept. 11 to honor the almost 3,000 Americans who died in the terrorists attacks on that same date in 2001.
The memorial began with a tolling of a bell at 8:46 a.m., the time five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern façade of the World Trade Center's

9/11 victims, heroes remembered during VFW ceremony

Around a hundred people gathered at VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville on Sept. 11 to honor the almost 3,000 Americans who died in the terrorists attacks on that same date in 2001. The memorial began with a tolling of a bell at 8:46 a.m., the time five hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern façade of the World Trade Center's

By Michael Howlett
mhowlett@civitasmedia.com
Gallery One Seventeen opened its doors just over a month ago and the art gallery's director, Amy Jackson, couldn't be happier, both from a personal standpoint and a business standpoint.
“I didn't know this type of job existed. It's been really nice,” said Jackson, who has put her art degre

Jackson has ideal job at Gallery One Seventeen

By Michael Howlett mhowlett@civitasmedia.com Gallery One Seventeen opened its doors just over a month ago and the art gallery's director, Amy Jackson, couldn't be happier, both from a personal standpoint and a business standpoint. “I didn't know this type of job existed. It's been really nice,” said Jackson, who has put her art degre

I know the yard sale season is quickly coming to an end, but I figure it's never too late to make a buck so I'm passing along some tips that will make a fortune for anyone still thinking of going the yard sale route. Well, maybe not a fortune, but at least enough money to buy that second-hand loaf of bread you've had your eye on.
While I'm willing

Aliens, zombies and Victoria's Secret super models

I know the yard sale season is quickly coming to an end, but I figure it's never too late to make a buck so I'm passing along some tips that will make a fortune for anyone still thinking of going the yard sale route. Well, maybe not a fortune, but at least enough money to buy that second-hand loaf of bread you've had your eye on. While I'm willing

Hillsville Harvest Nights being planned for each weekend in October

Two local businesswomen are hoping to provide a forum for community entertainment and non-profit fundraising with their plans for Hillsville Harvest Nights. The event, which will run five straight weekends beginning on Oct. 3, is the brainchild of Patti Ashley and Laura Beth Parnell. “The event will take place in the parking lot beside the o

The recent accounts of a snake infestation at Dollar General Store in Fancy Gap may have been exaggerated, according to Dan MacDonald, General Dollar's senior director of corporate communications.
Reports surfaced Aug. 29 that snakes were overrunning Dollar General. One caller to The Carroll News referred to the snakes as copperheads, and the topi

Dollar General says Fancy Gap store clear of snakes

The recent accounts of a snake infestation at Dollar General Store in Fancy Gap may have been exaggerated, according to Dan MacDonald, General Dollar's senior director of corporate communications. Reports surfaced Aug. 29 that snakes were overrunning Dollar General. One caller to The Carroll News referred to the snakes as copperheads, and the topi

The other day I decided to repair a lamp. Now, the lamp was probably 30 years old, but it was a beautiful lamp and one of a matched set. So, I decided to save it from the landfill and preserve it for posterity. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it?
Well, for a lot of people, yes, it would be easy. But we are talking about me, whose best repair tactic

Repair king I'm not

The other day I decided to repair a lamp. Now, the lamp was probably 30 years old, but it was a beautiful lamp and one of a matched set. So, I decided to save it from the landfill and preserve it for posterity. Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Well, for a lot of people, yes, it would be easy. But we are talking about me, whose best repair tactic

Sandra West was named temporary interim town treasurer during the Hillsville Town council meeting on Aug. 25.
West will handle the duties of that office until a replacement can be found for Judy Bolt, whose resignation as the assistant town manager/treasurer was effective Aug. 19. Bolt, who served with the Town of Hillsville for 25 years, has acce

West to serve as town's interim treasurer

Sandra West was named temporary interim town treasurer during the Hillsville Town council meeting on Aug. 25. West will handle the duties of that office until a replacement can be found for Judy Bolt, whose resignation as the assistant town manager/treasurer was effective Aug. 19. Bolt, who served with the Town of Hillsville for 25 years, has acce

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 re

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 re

Run for Jesus added to Christian Family Fun Day events

Christian Family Fun Day will have a new event this year, a Run/Walk for Jesus 5K. Matt Hall, the run/walk organizer, said the event seemed like a natural for Christian Family Fun Day, which is set for Saturday, Sept. 20. “Some of the times I feel closest to God are when I'm running, and I hope that translates to other people,” said H

Ann Largin, whose has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993 and as chairman since 1996, was named Citizen of the Month for August during the town council's Aug. 11 meeting.
Councilman Ed Terry noted that Largin has served the town in other ways, including helping Mayor Ivan Taylor organize the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony tha

Largin selected Citizen of the Month for August

Ann Largin, whose has served on the Hillsville Planning Commission since 1993 and as chairman since 1996, was named Citizen of the Month for August during the town council's Aug. 11 meeting. Councilman Ed Terry noted that Largin has served the town in other ways, including helping Mayor Ivan Taylor organize the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony tha




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