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Allen Worrell

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Man airlifted after driving under tractor-trailer

A Danville man was airlifted after driving under a tractor-trailer early Tuesday morning on Interstate 77 in Austinville. According to Virginia State Police reports, the accident happened at 12:40 a.m. at the 19.3 mile marker in the southbound lane, about one-tenth of a mile north of Route 620 (Coulson Church Road). Jose Carlos Hernandez-Alvarez,

A Carroll County Middle School student will face disciplinary action and possible charges after making a bomb threat at the school Tuesday morning in Hillsville.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Carroll County Middle School was put on lockdown after a bomb threat was made on a bathroom wall in the school.
“We found a bomb threat writt

CCMS locked down after bomb threat

A Carroll County Middle School student will face disciplinary action and possible charges after making a bomb threat at the school Tuesday morning in Hillsville. At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Carroll County Middle School was put on lockdown after a bomb threat was made on a bathroom wall in the school. “We found a bomb threat writt

Twelve days after setting a school record in the 3200 meter run, Carroll County's Sydney Haynes has also broken the CCHS mark in the 1600 meter run.
During a nine-team track meet April 29 at Galax, Haynes set a new school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:19.1. The old record was set by Carol Lena Griffith Miller with a time of 5:24.4

Haynes sets another CCHS track record

Twelve days after setting a school record in the 3200 meter run, Carroll County's Sydney Haynes has also broken the CCHS mark in the 1600 meter run. During a nine-team track meet April 29 at Galax, Haynes set a new school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:19.1. The old record was set by Carol Lena Griffith Miller with a time of 5:24.4

Madison Puckett and Carlie McMillian both had hat tricks of sorts April 28 as Carroll County girls' soccer team recorded its first River Ridge District win in program history, 4-2 over Patrick Henry in Hillsville.
Puckett scored three goals and McMillian had three assists as the aggressive Cavaliers set the tone early with two goals in the first s

Lady Cavs earn first-ever River Ridge win

Madison Puckett and Carlie McMillian both had hat tricks of sorts April 28 as Carroll County girls' soccer team recorded its first River Ridge District win in program history, 4-2 over Patrick Henry in Hillsville. Puckett scored three goals and McMillian had three assists as the aggressive Cavaliers set the tone early with two goals in the first s

These are not your grandma's Legos.
Yes, that much becomes apparent quickly while watching Carroll County elementary and middle school students brainstorm, problem solve and cooperate to program formulas and make their Lego Robots perform tasks.
In October of last year, the Carroll County School Board approved a First Lego Robotics League (FLL).

Lego Robotics off to strong start

These are not your grandma's Legos. Yes, that much becomes apparent quickly while watching Carroll County elementary and middle school students brainstorm, problem solve and cooperate to program formulas and make their Lego Robots perform tasks. In October of last year, the Carroll County School Board approved a First Lego Robotics League (FLL).

The Fuller Center of Housing-Greater Carroll County Area will host a Wall Build on Sat., May 2 as the group prepares to build its second house.
Volunteers are asked to come to the Hillsville VFW at 8 a.m. that day to help construct 59 wall panels. Dr. Oliver A. McBride said The Fuller Center of Housing group hopes to have 100 volunteers. With that

Fuller Center to host Wall Build for second house May 2

The Fuller Center of Housing-Greater Carroll County Area will host a Wall Build on Sat., May 2 as the group prepares to build its second house. Volunteers are asked to come to the Hillsville VFW at 8 a.m. that day to help construct 59 wall panels. Dr. Oliver A. McBride said The Fuller Center of Housing group hopes to have 100 volunteers. With that

Consider yourself warned.
The following story is so graphic, not even the deranged minds of Steven King or Rob Zombie could imagine such a bone-chilling tale. In fact, what I am about to tell you is so horrific, I must change the name of the place to protect the innocent. Let's just call this place Wally World for argument's sake.
You see, from t

Wally World War Stories

Consider yourself warned. The following story is so graphic, not even the deranged minds of Steven King or Rob Zombie could imagine such a bone-chilling tale. In fact, what I am about to tell you is so horrific, I must change the name of the place to protect the innocent. Let's just call this place Wally World for argument's sake. You see, from t

On May 16, Carroll County will once again host H.E.R.O. (Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others) Day, an event designed to celebrate our local heroes, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.
The scheduled activities begin with a HERO Challenge at 8 a.m. and are expected to last until 1 p.m. The event not only provides a day of

Carroll to host H.E.R.O. Day May 16

On May 16, Carroll County will once again host H.E.R.O. (Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others) Day, an event designed to celebrate our local heroes, such as law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. The scheduled activities begin with a HERO Challenge at 8 a.m. and are expected to last until 1 p.m. The event not only provides a day of

As administrator of the Carroll County Crime and Road Reports' page on Facebook, Richard Edwards keeps the county's citizens informed of accidents, fires and other events that could endanger the safety of the public.
In those posts, many times he asks the public to think of the first responders – the firefighters and policemen that risk thei

Carroll residents thankful for water rescue

As administrator of the Carroll County Crime and Road Reports' page on Facebook, Richard Edwards keeps the county's citizens informed of accidents, fires and other events that could endanger the safety of the public. In those posts, many times he asks the public to think of the first responders – the firefighters and policemen that risk thei

During my previous life as a sports writer for The Mount Airy News, a coach once told me, “Allen, you're no Michael Howlett.”
Yes, it seems Mount Airy football coach Kelly Holder was on to something. I am definitely no Michael Howlett.
I admire the man and have enjoyed working with him at two locations for several years. We share many

Kanye West, most influential person???

During my previous life as a sports writer for The Mount Airy News, a coach once told me, “Allen, you're no Michael Howlett.” Yes, it seems Mount Airy football coach Kelly Holder was on to something. I am definitely no Michael Howlett. I admire the man and have enjoyed working with him at two locations for several years. We share many

Carroll County's Sydney Haynes qualified for the 4A State Track Meet and a broke a school record in the 3200 meter run Friday with a time of 11:42.4 in the All-American Relays at Radford.
Haynes' time broke a 37-year old Carroll County High School record of 12:12.6 held since 1978 by Ruthie Griffith. Haynes' time also bested race runner-up Ava Har

Haynes breaks 37-year-old CCHS track record

Carroll County's Sydney Haynes qualified for the 4A State Track Meet and a broke a school record in the 3200 meter run Friday with a time of 11:42.4 in the All-American Relays at Radford. Haynes' time broke a 37-year old Carroll County High School record of 12:12.6 held since 1978 by Ruthie Griffith. Haynes' time also bested race runner-up Ava Har

In order to for the Town of Hillsville to be complaint with a state sewer loan and to be grant-eligible for federal and state funds for water projects, the town will have to increase utility rates significantly by the year 2019.
During its April 13 meeting, Hillsville Town Council was told sewer rates must increase 21.5 percent by 2019 to be compl

Hillsville facing significant utility increases

In order to for the Town of Hillsville to be complaint with a state sewer loan and to be grant-eligible for federal and state funds for water projects, the town will have to increase utility rates significantly by the year 2019. During its April 13 meeting, Hillsville Town Council was told sewer rates must increase 21.5 percent by 2019 to be compl

Carroll County and the Town of Hillsville have agreed in principle to work on a solution to help keep Hillsville's sewer rates down.
At the Carroll County Public Service Authority's (PSA) April 13 meeting, the PSA agreed to allow Hillsville to pay for a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) to study the possibility of having wastewater from Fancy G

Hillsville, Carroll working on sewer agreement

Carroll County and the Town of Hillsville have agreed in principle to work on a solution to help keep Hillsville's sewer rates down. At the Carroll County Public Service Authority's (PSA) April 13 meeting, the PSA agreed to allow Hillsville to pay for a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) to study the possibility of having wastewater from Fancy G

Sydney Nester struck out nine in a two-hit shutout April 13 as Carroll County's softball team defeated Cave Spring 1-0 in a River Ridge District game in Roanoke between two of the top 10 teams in the Timesland.
Carroll County (7-0, 2-0 River Ridge) came into the game ranked No. 3 in the Timesland, while Cave Spring (4-2, 1-1 River Ridge) was No. 8

Carroll earns big softball win at Cave Spring

Sydney Nester struck out nine in a two-hit shutout April 13 as Carroll County's softball team defeated Cave Spring 1-0 in a River Ridge District game in Roanoke between two of the top 10 teams in the Timesland. Carroll County (7-0, 2-0 River Ridge) came into the game ranked No. 3 in the Timesland, while Cave Spring (4-2, 1-1 River Ridge) was No. 8

Even though county expenditures are projected to increase by more than $2.3 million for Fiscal Year 2016, Carroll County citizens can actually expect to pay less in real estate taxes when they come due in December.
That news comes with a slight catch. While the proposed real estate tax rate presented April 13 to the Carroll County Board of Supervi

Carroll proposes tax rate changes

Even though county expenditures are projected to increase by more than $2.3 million for Fiscal Year 2016, Carroll County citizens can actually expect to pay less in real estate taxes when they come due in December. That news comes with a slight catch. While the proposed real estate tax rate presented April 13 to the Carroll County Board of Supervi

More than living up to a promise he made a year ago, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner presented the Carroll County Board of Supervisors with a check for $220,000 on April 13 for the purchase of a new fire truck.
In June of 2014, Supervisor Sam Dickson made a motion for Carroll County to take 15 percent of fines and forfeiture money from the She

Sheriff presents $220,000 check to Carroll County

More than living up to a promise he made a year ago, Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner presented the Carroll County Board of Supervisors with a check for $220,000 on April 13 for the purchase of a new fire truck. In June of 2014, Supervisor Sam Dickson made a motion for Carroll County to take 15 percent of fines and forfeiture money from the She

Man airlifted after motorcycle collides with car

An Indian Valley man was airlifted Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in front of Wendy's in Hillsville. According to Hillsville Police Department Sgt. Jason Hawks, the accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 58 West in front of Wendy's in Hillsville. Hawks said Ben Walter Cunningham, 78, of Elizabethville, Penn. was driving a 20

Senator William M. “Bill” Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) began his 2015 reelection campaign with a kick-off tour of the 20th District on Friday with stops in Hillsville, Woodlawn and Galax.
As part of the two-day tour, the Senator was scheduled to traverse all of the Southside and Southwest Virginia localities comprising the 20th District,

Senator kicks off re-election campaign in Twin Counties

Senator William M. “Bill” Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) began his 2015 reelection campaign with a kick-off tour of the 20th District on Friday with stops in Hillsville, Woodlawn and Galax. As part of the two-day tour, the Senator was scheduled to traverse all of the Southside and Southwest Virginia localities comprising the 20th District,

DOBSON — After finishing as the top individual golfer in last year's Region X Championship, Surry Community College sophomore Chandler White has his goals set even higher this spring.
White and his Surry Knights' teammates will travel to New Bern from April 17-19 to take part in the 2015 Region X Championship with the hopes of qualifying for

Surry's White aims for nationals

DOBSON — After finishing as the top individual golfer in last year's Region X Championship, Surry Community College sophomore Chandler White has his goals set even higher this spring. White and his Surry Knights' teammates will travel to New Bern from April 17-19 to take part in the 2015 Region X Championship with the hopes of qualifying for

Carroll County's own Billy Robinson has traded the blood and guts of the Professional Bull Riders Tour for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – if for only a brief time.
Robinson, a professional bull rider for the past 17 years, appears as himself in the movie adaptation of best-selling author Nicholas Sparks' novel “The Longest Ride,&

Eight seconds of fame

Carroll County's own Billy Robinson has traded the blood and guts of the Professional Bull Riders Tour for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – if for only a brief time. Robinson, a professional bull rider for the past 17 years, appears as himself in the movie adaptation of best-selling author Nicholas Sparks' novel “The Longest Ride,&





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