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  • Crouse runs for another term on city council

    The ballot in the May 6 election will include five candidates vying for four seats on the Galax City Council board.
    Margo Crouse has decided to run for her second term.

  • Replacing fire trucks will cost millions

    HILLSVILLE — Faced with an aging fire fleet, Carroll officials expect to soon start spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on replacing these emergency response vehicles, according to a discussion at the April 14 county board meeting.
    Emergency Services Director Mike Mock told the supervisors of a 40-year-old brush truck in the county and other apparatus around 30 years old in an aging fleet among the Hillsville, Cana and Laurel Fork departments.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's 'lean' budget

    HILLSVILLE — Shuffling resources and cutting costs became the Carroll County budget committee’s way to balance the fiscal year 2015 proposal without a tax increase, according to the presentation at the supervisors’ regular April meeting Monday.
    County officials now hope they can continue to balance future budgets faced with rising expenses from commitments already made — many of which involved capital improvement costs at schools, as shown in a presentation to the supervisors by Assistant Administrator Nikki Cannon.

  • Murder suspect once lived in Hillsville

    The suspect in three April 13 shooting deaths in Overland Park, Kan., temporarily moved to Hillsville in 1987 to begin a “white power” group, but failed to attract a single member, by his own account.
    Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, who also uses the last name Cross, faces charges of first-degree murder after the shooting outside a Jewish Community Center and retirement complex in the suburban Kansas City community, according to news reports. He is also expected to face hate crime charges.

  • H.E.R.O. Day planned for May 3

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens can witness first-hand all the work that goes into serving as a police, fire, rescue and 911 dispatcher by attending H.E.R.O. Day on May 3 at Carroll County Recreation Park.
    Civilians will even be able to participate in the emergency-themed obstacle course and 5K run, according to organizers.
    H.E.R.O. stands for Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.

  • Town recaps 2013 accomplishments

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes recently recapped town activities and accomplishments in 2013.
    The main focus for the year was on improvements to the town’s water lines and the recent installation of new water meters. The town’s public works department reported that the new meters have also had their share of problems, with about 20 of the 350 new meters being frozen and destroyed by the sub-zero temperatures during the winter.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County voters will soon have a new system of voting – paper ballots.
    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.
    Carroll County Registrar Kim Cloud said the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • Garner seeks re-election to city council

    Five candidates will compete for four seats on the Galax City Council this year, and included in the mix will be veteran council member John Garner.
    Garner has served for two terms on city council, and is hoping that this year will mark the start of his third.

  • Candidates compete for seat in Laurel Fork

    HILLSVILLE — While the challenger for Hillsville Town Council believes that the Laurel Fork ward needs a new voice, the incumbent says he has the experience to do the job.
    Both newcomer Nancy Beasley and incumbent Greg Yonce will appear on the ballot for the Laurel Fork ward seat in the May 6 municipal elections.

    Nancy Beasley
    “I truly believe the Laurel Fork district needs a new voice,” Beasley said in a written statement in response to candidate questions from The Gazette.

  • Zoning hearing set for Tuesday

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday on all of the proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.
    Commission members will gather citizen comments on the draft ordinance before presenting it to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors. The board will vote on whether to adopt the revised ordinance at its May 8 meeting.