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  • Grayson to resume original tax schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents will once again have their entire real estate taxes due in December.
    Supervisors unanimously approved a change to the county’s tax collection ordinance after much discussion during the budget season.
    Prior to the 2009-10 budget year, supervisors approved a change to twice-a-year taxation to help offset cash flow problems.

  • Family's objection stalls bridge work

    Construction of a bridge over the New River to replace the Carico Memorial Bridge is continuing, but a problem has arisen over moving electrical lines.
    Michelle Earl, public relations spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Monday that, since the bridge will cross the river, an environmental permit is required before Appalachian Power Co. can move the power lines.

  • Hazmat team examines Galax garbage truck

    HILLSVILLE — Emergency workers approached a Galax garbage truck with caution Tuesday after two city workers had health complaints.

  • For opponents, planning too close to zoning

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    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials finally got input from citizens on the comprehensive plan Aug. 3, but mostly from people worried the plan would turn into a zoning ordinance.
    In fact, the feedback meeting held in the Carroll County High School cafeteria became something of a debate as planners Mike Chandler and Bruce Peshoff tried to assure the more than 30 citizens that the comprehensive plan update won't necessarily lead to zoning.

  • Grayson sued over trash fee

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  • Fire destroys trailer

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to a fire in a mobile home court off Virginia 100 in Hillsville at about 3:15 Tuesday morning.

    Neighbors reported the trailer had been mostly consumed at the time. They thought that the occupants of the mobile home were still moving in at the time.

    With help from Laurel Fork Fire Department, emergency personnel put out the blaze, remaining on scene for more than an hour.

    The owner of the trailer is Emory Bearden, HFD members said. The names of the people moving in were not known.

  • Carroll thanks USDA-Rural Development for funding

    HILLSVILLE — Almost $86 million in federal funding from Rural Development is something to celebrate, but there was a blank where the money for Carroll County Public School's Phase III was expected to be.
    Carroll County officials declared Aug. 6 USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, and they invited 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and Cheryl Cook, deputy undersecretary of USDA, to be the main speakers.

  • Fries bans Main Street parking

    FRIES — Residents and visitors to Fries will no longer be able to park along the town's narrow Main Street between Riverview and Firehouse Drive — unless they want a ticket and/or to have their vehicle towed.
    Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to begin enforcing an agreement the town had made previously with the volunteer fire department.

  • Carroll's fiscal feat

    HILLSVILLE  — How could Carroll County keep its tax rates flat and commit $1.5 million to Phase III school construction?
    A fund balance, answered County Finance Director Pam Smith at the July 12 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    The fund balance arises from more revenue coming in and the county spending less money than it budgeted for.

  • 'Unfair' housing alleged

    A group of about 10 Glendale Apartments residents stood on the side of Glendale Road below the Galax housing complex on Monday to protest what they claimed to be unfair housing practices.
    Some held signs that stated, “Stop violating out 4th amendment to the constitution,” “Racism is dead...,” “Poor people have rights, too” and “This is not fair housing.”