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  • Community Christmas Chest needs donors, volunteers

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department announced in October that it will once again sponsor the Community Christmas Fund that it oversaw 70 years ago.
    Now that the holidays are getting closer, the department is looking to the community for help bringing the spirit of Christmas to hundreds local families.

  • Fire damages home in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A space heater apparently caused a Nov. 23 fire at 569 Sylvatus Highway Nov. 23 at approximately 1 a.m.
    Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to the Star trailer park, owned by Emory Bearden and rented by Curtis Keith to house several seasonal workers for the Christmas tree harvest, according to emergency officials.
    “Fire started from a space heater that set a wall on fire, then the electrical circuit shorted out and burned a small amount under the trailer,” firefighters said in a news release.

  • Citizens worry about potential zoning changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Several citizens were on hand to ask questions at a Nov. 19 Grayson Planning Commission public hearing, shifting the focus of the meeting from the county’s updated 2013 comprehensive plan to a discussion about the zoning ordinance.
    Several citizens were concerned about rumors that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants to revoke the zoning ordinance or make drastic changes.
    Now that it has heard from citizens, the planning commission will send the updated plan to the supervisors for review.

  • Wildwood could get $962K utilities grant

    RICHMOND — Virginia Tobacco Commission staff has recommended granting $962,500 to pay for the first phase of a sewer expansion to make the Wildwood Commerce Park more attractive as a potential site for food processing.
    The tobacco commission received five proposals requesting $20.7 million under its “megasite” industrial park grants, with $12.7 million of assistance funds budgeted, according to information from the state agency. This made the selection process very competitive.

  • Grayson supervisors hear commerce park report

    INDEPENDENCE — Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, attended the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting this month to give an update on the Wildwood Commerce Park.
    McFadyen began his presentation by reminding the board and citizens in attendance that Grayson County is a one-third partner in development of the park located off Exit 19 of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
    While it is not located in Grayson, McFadyen said the county will reap the benefits equally from the park as it continues to develop.

  • Cell tower improving service in Western Grayson

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Many residents of western Grayson County know better than to try to text or make calls from their mobile phones due to a widespread lack of cellular service in the area, but the recent completion of a cell tower in the Volney community could be an important signal of improvement.
    Grayson County Building Inspector Jimmy Moss said that the tower, completed a few weeks ago near the Log Cabin Store, has made cell service available to U.S. Cellular customers throughout much of the western end of the county.

  • Citizen says Carroll PSA should apologize

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority representatives owe citizens an apology for the handling of a mistake in the Fancy Gap sewer project, according to a resident who raised concerns about procedures used to funding agency Rural Development in that project.

  • Hillsville bridge to be named for former mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Town and county officials will name a Howlett Street bridge in memory of an influential Hillsville mayor.
    Both Hillsville Town Council and the Carroll Board of Supervisors have approved resolutions to name the bridge over the U.S. 58 bypass the “Ivan M. Taylor Memorial Bridge.”

  • Runaway truck injures Hillsville man

    HILLSVILLE ― A 48-year-old Hillsville man was knocked down when the brakes on a 1988 Chevy pickup failed during recyclables collection Tuesday, according to police.
    Roger Leon Goad had been making the rounds on the collection route when he stopped to pick up items left outside a Cranberry Street home, according to Hillsville Police Department First Sgt. Robby Martin.

  • Utility fee could pay for stormwater work

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax officials are looking at options to fund the cost of a required stormwater program that will go into effect next summer.
    Galax City Council members discussed options for the program with City Manager Keith Barker and Carolyn Howard of Draper Aden Associates at their Nov. 12 meeting.