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Woman charged with DUI after crashing over embankment

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An Alabama woman has been charged with DUI and reckless driving after she crashed her vehicle over a steep embankment Sunday evening in Hillsville and had to be airlifted from the scene.According to Virginia State Police Senior Trooper K.D. Blackburn, the accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on U.S. 52 in Hillsville about one-tenth of a mile north of Hanging Tree Road. Blacksburn said Jami Jackson Fregeau, 29, of Guntersville, Alabama, was driving south on U.S. 52 in a 2003 GMC Envoy when the vehicle drifted over into the opposite lane and over a steep embankment.

 

Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Carroll News is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.thecarrollnews.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibil...

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Woman airlifted Sunday from Coon Ridge wreck

An out-of-state woman was airlifted Sunday evening following a one-vehicle accident in the Coon Ridge section of Carroll County. The vehicle lost control and ran off the road to the left over a steep embankment on U.S. 52.Rescue crews were working the scene just prior to 8 p.m. Sunday evening.No further details are available at the moment.

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Carroll Public Library holds cookout

Face and body painting was one of the most enjoyed activities by children at Carroll County Public Library’s cookout on July 9. The cookout also included games, storytelling and, of course, hot dogs.

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Vaughn, Healing Hearts offering support to addicts, their families

Darlene Vaughn, a substance abuse counselor with the Mount Rogers Community Service Board, called drug addiction in the Twin County area a “pandemic” following a meeting of the Hillsville Presbyterian Church’s Healing Hearts, a support group for those who have children and/or grandchildren struggling with substance abuse and addiction issuesVaughn, who serves three clinics in five counties and the City of Galax, pointed to several factors as the cause for the incr...

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Long-time pastor, VFW Chaplain pens book of stories, scripture

Now in his late eighties, Rev. Norman Goad has released his first book, “A WWII Veteran’s Thoughts on God, Chicken Necks, and the VFW.”Goad, who has been pastor of Shady Goad Community Church for more than 40 years, as well as Chaplain of the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville since 1994, said he wrote the book at the urging of his granddaughter, Elizabeth Stringer. The book is a collection of “Chaplain’s Corner” articles Goad has written ov...

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Granny Bear still on the job at 84

Although the general public might not be familiar with a lady known as “Granny Bear,” the truckers who used to ignore the law and drive down Fancy Gap Mountain sure were.Granny Bear, known to most people as Norma Carr, got into law enforcement at an age, 55, when many people are beginning to think about retirement. She had worked at her father’s business, Cochran’s Coal Yard, for most of her life, but when her father’s illness forced the closure of the...

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Desert island playlist

I recently read an article that asked the question “If you were stranded on a desert island, what 10 albums would you choose to have with you?” This particular desert island has electricity, as well as a turntable and speakers, so all you need to do is select the albums. I threw that last part in there for those anal retentive types who might ask, “How do you plan to play them on a desert island?” Hey, we’re imagining here.

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Bear sightings increasing locally

There was nothing unordinary about the morning walk Jamie Webb took around sunrise on July 8 near the Carroll County Industrial Park. That was, of course, until Webb stumbled upon a pair of black bears in the middle of Hillsville, less than a mile from Interstate 77.While the encounter certainly startled Webb, the local photographer knew he had a duty to capture the rare images he was seeing. With a healthy, growing black bear population, bear sightings are becoming common througho...

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Carroll’s Lundy staves off illness to play in VHSCA All-Star Game

Carroll County’s Connor Lundy wasn’t about to let flu-like symptoms keep him from playing in the Virginia High School Coaches’ Assocation East-West All-Star Game July 7 at Lynchburg College.Lundy, who will continue his basketball career at Division II Queens University this fall, spent the night before the game, and even a couple of portions of the contest, throwing up from a stomach bug. But that did not stop him from scoring seven points in his West team’s...

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Yonce named interim police chief for Hillsville

Patrolman Wesley Yonce was named interim police chief for Hillsville during the Hillsville Town Council meeting on July 14.Following a two-hour closed session, Vice-Mayor Ed Terry made a motion naming Yonce for the position and Sulphur Springs Councilman Bill Tate provided the second. Pipers Gap Councilman David Young voted in favor of the motion and Laurel Fork Councilman Greg Yonce abstained, since the nominee is his brother.Following the meeting, Terry said, “On...

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Vanguard to bring 200 new jobs to Carroll

Vanguard Furniture, a high-end upholstery producer, will invest $550,000 to establish its first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation in Carroll County. The project, announced Tuesday by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, will create over 200 new jobs, and will begin operations in August.

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Carroll PSA wins federal appeal

Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) Chairman Sam Dickson announced Monday that a Federal Appeals Hearing Officer has reversed federal funding agency Rural Development’s decision that the PSA improperly used funds allocated in the Fancy Gap Sewer Project for construction of the Joy Ranch Road sewer line extension. As a result, the PSA will receive $266,167.20 in a refund from Rural Development.

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Unibugz bringing mall brand names to Hillsville

There’s been a void among local business when it comes to clothing for teenagers and young women; however, that void appears to have been filled with the opening two weeks ago of Unibugz on Main Street in Hillsville.“Most of the stuff we have here you would have to drive an hour to the malls to find,” said Tim Phillips, who, along with his wife, Joni, owns the business. “We’re just trying to bring something to the area. It’s a good deal. We have ...

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Special edition of Chronicles showcases Thunder in the Hills play

Whether you had the chance to see it or not, the Spring 2014 edition of Carroll County Chronicles brings the Thunder in the Hills play about the 1912 Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy to life.The Journal of the Carroll County Historical Society, Chronicles features a 76-page, limited edition look at the popular play put on in 2014 and 2012 about the 1912 shootout in the Carroll County Courthouse that left five people dead. Included in the double edition are interv...

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Joyce hired as principal at Dublin Middle School

After spending his entire career in education in the Carroll County Public School Division, Adam Joyce has crossed the county line to begin his new role as principal at Dublin Middle School in Pulaski County.Joyce, who has been an assistant principal at Carroll County High School the past five years, assumed his new job duties on July 1. A 1986 CCHS graduate, Joyce also spent five years as a teacher in the Carroll County School System. With such strong roots in Carroll, Joyce is sa...

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Carroll native headed to Harvard

He graduated from high school at the age of 16. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He’s also completed three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.And while he may not be “the most interesting man in the world,” the guy from the Dos Equis commercial certainly doesn’t have much on Carroll County native Sam Turner. It was obvious Turner has experienced much in his 38 years w...

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Tubing on death river

After taking in Hillsville’s July 4 activities, the family and I decided that a nice way to spend the next day would be to rent some tubes and leisurely float down the New River. Now, some of you may remember the last time the family and I decided to do something leisurely, yes, it was a horse ride. Well, that turned ugly when a vicious beast by the name of Sphincter tried to kill me. With Sphincter out of the picture, I was set for a relaxing drift down the river. Little did I know tha...

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