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  • Galax citizens reform beautification committee

    Longtime Galax residents will remember the efforts of Eloise and Frank Vass — a married couple, now retired to a nursing facility in Charlotte, N.C. — who spearheaded efforts to beautify the city in years pass.

    Mary Guynn — Eloise’s sister, and formerly a city council member — remembers their work well, and she wants to evoke the spirit of the Vasses through her own latest project: another beautification committee.

  • Grayson weighing bleacher options

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Public Schools will hire an engineering group to provide options for bleacher replacement after school board members approved the expense at their regular meeting this month.

    The school division has been looking at using some leftover grant money (roughly $206,000) for the bleachers at the high school – which are in dire need of replacement and pose a safety hazard.

    Superintendent Kevin Chalfant previously provided the board with three options:

  • BBQ contest expanding this year

    The Smoke on the Mountain, Virginia’s state BBQ championship, has received more space in downtown Galax for this weekend’s event after city council voted to allow an expansion at Monday night’s meeting.

    Owing to its growing number of contestants, Smoke on the Mountain Site Director Ron Passmore asked the City of Galax to afford the festival more space in the downtown area.

  • Yonce named interim police chief

    HILLSVILLE — After two hours of deliberation during a closed session on July 14, members of the Hillsville Town Council settled on a plan of action to select a new police chief for the Hillsville Police Department.

    After coming out of closed session, a motion was made to advertise for the spot left vacant by former chief Greg Bolen, who tendered his resignation on June 30.

  • Carroll wins appeal, will get back federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority has won its appeal of a take-back of $266,167.20 that federal officials initially said had been improperly used for a utility project.

    PSA Chairman Sam Dickson was notified that a federal appeals hearing officer has reversed the USDA-Rural Development decision that said 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 all of the disputed money back in a refund from USDA-RD.

  • Update: Vanguard announces plans to bring factory to Carroll County

    HILLSVLLE — Vanguard Furniture will open a manufacturing plant for upholstered furniture in Carroll County in August, which could eventually create more than 200 new jobs.

    Carroll officials announced plans Tuesday for Vanguard’s plant that will occupy the former Parkdale Building at the Carroll County Industrial Park.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a news release that the Hickory, N.C.-based Vanguard Furniture will invest $550,000 to establish its first Virginia household furniture upholstery production operation in Carroll.

  • Man reported missing in Carroll County

    Update: Sheriff J. B. Gardner has confirmed by phone with Shaine Scott Eckrote's mother that she knows where her son is and that he is okay. "Mrs. Barkley wanted to thank everyone who was involved in locating her son," the Sheriff said in an email to The Gazette.

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating the disappearance of 20 year old Shaine Scott Eckrote of Patrick County, after members of his family reported him missing from the Kanawha Valley Arena area, in Dugspur.    

  • Vanguard announces 200 jobs in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Vanguard Furniture on Tuesday morning announced the opening of a new upholstery factory in Carroll County.

    A news release from Vanguard said operations will begin in August and the company anticipates more than 200 people will be employed when the operation in the Carroll County Industrial Park is fully functional.

  • Carroll IDA chairman Richard Slate dies

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Slate Sr. of Hillsville — a World War II veteran, chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and an active member of the community — passed away on July 12 at age 92.

  • U.S. 58 project included in governor's funding package

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last month that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding on the development of significant projects that will improve safety and traffic flow in the Salem region.

    The projects are part of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation improvements statewide over the next six years. The funding was available July 1.

    Included in the list of projects funds is nearly $670,000 for planning U.S. 58 Corridor Development projects.