Local News

  • Water project construction bid awarded

    HILLSVILLE — The Sylvatus-Mitchell's Crossroads water extension will begin to tap overflow monies from other projects soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority awarded a construction bid Jan. 13.
    Carroll officials and Rural Development's Travis Jackson gathered in Sylvatus in spring 2010 to share the news that cost savings in other projects would cover the costs of extending public water service to the communities of Sylvatus and Mitchell's Crossroads.
    About eight months later, the public service authority held a bid opening Jan. 6.

  • Grant would provide emergency animal shelter

    The City of Galax is seeking a grant that would allow for the purchase of a cargo trailer and equipment to shelter and transport pets during natural and man-made disasters.
    Brenda Marrah, the city's grant administer, identified the $31,000 grant from Homeland Security that would pay for a 7-by-16-foot cargo trailer with a small generator, 70 kennels and supplies.
    The grant, which requires no local matching funds, would require two more localities to partner with Galax. The city will act as the lead partner with Carroll and Grayson counties participating.

  • 3-way races emerge from primary filings

    HILLSVILLE — Two three-way races for constitutional offices and a contested county supervisors' race highlight the Carroll County Republican Primary.
    Three candidates — law enforcement officers all — had already indicated their intention to seek the party nomination for sheriff through the upcoming preferential primary in May.

  • House fire's cause still unknown


  • Extension changes explained

    BLACKSBURG — Carroll County residents have expressed worries about the loss of access and services should Virginia Tech's plan to restructure the Cooperative Extension Service proceed, but Alan Grant, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says the plan faces budget realities with the goal of improving customer service.
    While the Extension restructuring plan would go to a more regional network of offices, lots of local offices are already short staffed, Grant noted in a phone interview with The Gazette.

  • Family loses home, belongings in fire

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County couple and their four children lost their home, a family pet, clothes and possessions in a Tuesday night fire.
    Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded at 9:55 p.m. to a fire at the home of Aaron and Samantha Davis on Wilson Highway.
    Nearly 20 firefighters were on the scene until around 3 a.m. Wednesday, an IVFD spokesman said.
    Tankers from Piney Creek, N.C., Fire Department and Rugby Volunteer Fire Department also responded. Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department was on standby.

  • Authority to wait on fluoride decision

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia/Carolina Water Authority agreed last week not to take any action concerning fluoride until the new recommended levels could be decided.
    A handout from Jerry Brooks of the People for a Cleaner Environment stated that the nation’s top health official, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, had announced plans to lower the agency’s maximum recommended fluoride level from 1.2 milligrams per liter of water to 0.7.

  • Carroll supervisors shut down speaker

    HILLSVILLE — While citizens’ public speaking time at the Carroll Supervisors meetings is usually the forum for constituents to comment on issues or ask questions, it didn’t turn out that way Thursday for a citizen who wanted to share concerns about what he sees as a conflict of interest.

  • $120M in road funds on the way

    RICHMOND — Of the nearly 900 road projects listed in the governor's $4 billion transportation plan, a dozen of them are proposed for the Twin Counties, including improving portions of U.S. 58 in Carroll County.

    With work still underway to complete the five-mile stretch on the south side of Hillsville, Gov. Bob McDonnell's program promises significant investments for three U.S. 58 projects in Carroll County.
    According to information from Gov. Bob McDonnell's office, these include:

  • Barrels explode, starting fire at Vaughan-Bassett