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Carroll native headed to Harvard

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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 when he was recently asked about his acceptance into Harvard.“I’m looking forward to it,” Turner said. “It ought to be a nice break.”


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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Cooley named June’s Citizen of the Month

Raleigh Cooley, who has practiced law in Hillsville for 63 years, was selected the town’s Citizen of the Month for June by Mayor Greg Crowder during the June 23 town council meeting.Cooley graduated from Hillsville High School in 1941 and entered the College of William & Mary in 1942. He spent two years there before being drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served on the U.S.S. Halford. Following his discharge, Cooley returned to William & Mary, earning an AB Degree in 194...

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Nearly 20 pounds of marijuana seized in Fancy Gap

Approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and three firearms were seized after a search at a Fancy Gap residence June 25.According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Twin County Drug Task Force, acting on information received from the New River Valley Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant at 1934 Reedside Drive, in the Fancy Gap community on June 25.Michael Flanigan, 52, and Martha Barnett, 60, both of Fan...

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Perdue’s graduation fulfills pair of promises

It’s not unusual for high school seniors to receive money from friends or family upon graduation. But for 2014 Carroll County High School graduate Chet Perdue, one particular graduation gift was different.As promised over four years ago when he was a student in Greg Bolen’s eighth grade class at Carroll County Middle School, Perdue fulfilled his pledge to Bolen, now Hillsville’s Police Chief, to graduate. In return, Bolen attended Perdue’s graduation and ful...

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Open Table Ministry in need of donations

The Open Table ministry, which has been preparing and serving meals for those homebound or less fortunate for the past 16 years, is running short of funds.Open Table, which operates on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, is currently serving 450 to 500 meals each week. It takes about 40 people, all volunteers, to cook and deliver the meals, and the cost of the food is about $2,200 per week.“Our big need is financial help and donations, but we will take an...

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Sebert Sisson, a key player in Hillsville’s growth, passes away

Sebert Sisson, who played a large part in the growth of Hillsville, died on June 23 at the age of 97.In his commencement speech at Virginia Tech in 1942, Sisson said, “In whatever community you choose to establish your roots, get involved in worthwhile community activities.” Getting involved was exactly what Sisson did.

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Friends of Allen House formed to help with historic home restoration

A new group has formed in hopes of raising funds to restore Carroll County’s most famous home.Friends of the Allen House will hold its first fundraiser July 5 with all proceeds going to the restoration of the Sidna Allen House, the historic home in Fancy Gap forever linked with one of the main figures in the infamous Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy of 1912.On April 4 during the intermission of “Thunder in the Hills,” the Frank Levering play about the ...

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Search warrant leads to arrest of two in Hillsville

On Wednesday, July 2, the Hillsville Police Department charged two Hillsville residents with multiple charges following the execution of a search warrant.Captain James Alderman, Sgt. Alan Gravley, Officer Wesley Yonce, Officer Billy Anauo, and Officer Shannon Goad with the Hillsville Police Department executed the search warrant obtained by Sgt. Gravley on the residence of Annette Freeman, 29, and Arless Dalton, Jr., 34, in the Town of Hillsville. As a result of his investigation, ...

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Text-to-911 anticipated locally in next two years

On April 16, 2007, scores of Virginia Tech students attempted fruitlessly to send text messages to 911 seeking help as a gunman killed 33 people in a mass shooting on campus.Because the local 911 center could only handle basic phone calls, those texts were never received. Technology has changed rapidly over the past seven years, however, so much so that an estimated 100 zones in 16 U.S. states are now covered by 911 centers that accept text messages. Even so, hurdles remain even in...

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James Robert Stockner of Naperville, Ill.

James Robert Stockner, a 57-year Naperville resident, died peacefully with his family at his side Friday, June 27, 2014 at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. He was born February 17, 1927 in Havaco, West Virginia, the son of Raymond Early and Alma (nee Hayes) Stockner. He graduated from Welch High School, Welch, West Virginia in 1944. He volunteered for WWII and served in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Operations Technician and a Military Police Officer. He graduated from West Virginia Uni...

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A step back in time

I took a step back in time recently. No, it wasn’t a H.G. Wells time machine-type thing, although that would have been exceedingly cool. It happened by simply attending a movie in Martinsville. Now, usually when the Mistress of the Manor and I visit our beloved daughter and son-in-law, and decide to attend a movie, we travel 30 miles down the road to Danville, which has a modern theatre. However, on our most recent visit, because of time constraints, we did not.

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Former airport manager indicted for embezzlement

A former airport manager of the Twin County Airport has been indicted for allegedly embezzling over $11,000 in public funds from the Twin County Airport Commission.According to recently unsealed Carroll County indictments, David Ray Ritter, Jr., the former manager of Twin County Airport, allegedly embezzled the funds from the Twin County Airport Commission in July and September of 2010. He has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement. According to the indictments, Ritter wrote t...

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Stuckert charged with rape, attempted sodomy of juvenile

A Hillsville woman is facing charges of rape and attempted sodomy with a 15-year-old juvenile she was babysitting at her residence in Laurel Ridge Apartments.Tammy Renee Stuckert, 37, of Hillsville, is charged with rape by force, threat or intimidation, as well as attempted sodomy by force, threat or intimidation. According to Hillsville Police Department Investigator Alan Gravley, the offense allegedly took place June 21 at Laurel Ridge Apartments in Hillsville. Stuckert was arres...

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Bolen explains decision to resign as police chief

A volatile political atmosphere and instability in the town are among the main reasons Greg Bolen said he resigned Monday as Chief of the Hillsville Police Department.Bolen turned in his letter of resignation June 30. He said he has slightly over two weeks of vacation to use, so his resignation will take effect July 16. When Bolen was hired as Chief of the Hillsville Police Department in 2012, he described the position to The Carroll News as his dream job. But over the past 19 mont...

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Bolen resigns as Hillsville’s Police Chief

Greg Bolen has resigned as Chief of the Hillsville Police Department.According to Hillsville Town Manager Retta Jackson, Bolen turned in his letter of resignation on Monday, June 30. The letter served as Bolen’s two-weeks’ notice, Jackson said, with July 16 set to be his last day on the job. Jackson said Bolen’s resignation certainly came as a shock, at least to her.“I was very surprised to receive the letter,” Jackson said. “For every...

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Ivan Taylor Memorial Bridge dedicated

Around 50 people gathered on June 20 for the dedication of the Ivan M. Taylor Memorial Bridge on Howlett Street in Hillsville.Following a prayer by Benjamin Taylor, several of those present spoke about the man, who was a teacher, a farmer and the mayor of Hillsville from 1998 to 2004.Elsie Turner, a long-time friend, said, “When Ivan was running for mayor, I asked him to do something to make the town and county work together, and Ivan did that.” She added tha...

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Soccer academy has record number

The sixth-annual JH Soccer Academy proved to be a huge success with 56 day and evening campers participating.“I was very pleased with the turnout, it just keeps growing every year,” said Marion Harris, the camp’s organizer. “I’m very happy with the growth of soccer in this area.”Trey Brown, who was participating in his fourth camp as an instructor, said he can definitely see an improvement in the soccer being played on the local level....

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