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Ice Bucket Challenges helping ALS donations skyrocket

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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 within 24 hours of being challenged by someone, or donate to The ALS Association. After accepting the challenge, you then may challenge three other people to do the same.


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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Hicks elected chairman of Carroll County IDA

Barry Hicks has been elected chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) after the death of former Chairman Richard Slate Sr. on July 12.Hicks, who resides in Hillsville with his wife Patricia, has been a very involved member of the IDA since his appointment to the Authority in 2005. He was nominated by Larry Chambers during the IDA meeting held Aug. 5 and approved by a unanimous vote. Hicks said he has extremely big shoes to try to fill in Slate, who work...

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Delaware is full of sin

I’m sure you’ve heard of the seven deadly sins – Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy, Horney – no wait those are the seven dwarfs. Okay, Horney isn’t one of those famous dwarfs. He’s the one Disney doesn’t want to talk about. But you better believe Snow White knew him. Oh yes, she knew him well.Now, dwarfs can be deadly. Heck, just look at Gimli. That rascal can slice you in half with an axe before you can say Lothlorien. However, deadly dwarfs are not o...

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“To Catch the Allens” set for weekend performances at Cherry Orchard Theatre

The story about the manhunt for the Allens and their kin following the deadly shootout at the Carroll County Courthouse in 1912 will be brought to life in a new play “To Catch the Allens.”The play, authored by Frank Levering, which is the sequel to Levering’s highly successful “Thunder in the Hills,” will be performed on Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 22-24 at Levering’s Cherry Orchard Theatre. The play starts each night at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. A ...

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Pepsi truck crashes into home

No one was injured when a Pepsi-Cola truck plowed into the living room of a house on U.S. 58, just short of the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, on Monday morning.The truck, based in Roanoke and driven by Daniel Wayne Goode of Lynchburg, was heading west on U.S. 58 when Goode lost control and ran through three yards before crashing into the home of Geraldine Harmon.David Hancock, who along with his wife, Janice, owns the damaged house, said if the accident had happene...

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Cana man seriously injured in wreck

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle car crash that seriously injured a Cana man Tuesday, August 5 in the southern part of Carroll County.According to Virginia State Trooper J.D. Delp, the accident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on U.S. 52 near the intersection of Brushy Fork Road close to Mountain Man store. He said Jesse James Hawks, 29, was driving a 1998 Chevy Tahoe north on U.S. 52 when he ran off the road to the right and went down a steep embankment befor...

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County votes against salary increase

Employees of the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office will not get a requested salary increase after three different motions were voted down July 14 by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.During the board’s May 12 meeting, Commissioner of Revenue Fran McPherson asked supervisors for a 12 percent salary increase for her employees now that the county has combined the Assessor’s Office with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office. Supervisors elected to ta...

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