Local News

  • Fire destroys home in Lambsburg

    LAMBSBURG — A Lambsburg family was not home when a fire totally consumed their residence early Friday morning, according to Carroll County emergency officials.
    A neighbor called 911 at 2:29 a.m. Friday to report the home at 2717 Lambsburg Road was completely engulfed in flames, according to Richard Sowers, chief of Cana Fire Department.
    The first Cana firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, confirming the intensity of the blaze.

  • I-77 blasting to begin in Carroll

    Rolling roadblocks will be used Monday and Tuesday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County between mile markers two and four while blasting is underway to remove rocks from a slope.
    To accommodate the July 4 holiday traffic, adjustments have been made to the work schedule.
    Roadblocks will be used in the northbound and southbound lanes Monday-Tuesday so that crews can conduct two blasts in the area.
    The first rolling roadblock begins at 8:30 a.m. The second will be used after traffic from the earlier blast has cleared — around 10:30 a.m.

  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • $10 fee for late-paid decals begins July 1

    A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee if customers renew their vehicle registration decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles after they expire.
    “Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”
    Customers are encouraged to renew decals at www.dmvNOW.com or via telephone at 1-888-337-4782.

  • Coon Ridge water project receives state funding


  • Grayson revises trash ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents that quality for the county’s tax relief programs for the elderly, disabled and disabled veterans will no longer be required to pay for trash collection, after supervisors approved changes to the county’s solid waste disposal and collection ordinance earlier this month.
    Supervisors held a public hearing during their regular June meeting to discuss potential changes to the 3-year-old ordinance, which has not been very popular since it was enacted on July 1, 2009.

  • Localities oppose natural gas company's plans

    RICHMOND — Three Twin County localities have joined forces to oppose a private company’s natural gas construction project and service, preferring to take on the utility service themselves.
    Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has been working with Roanoke Natural Gas on a plan to provide a natural gas connection to Mohawk in Hillsville after years of inaction by Atmos Energy.

  • Carroll could replace HVAC, save money

    HILLSVILLE  — An energy efficiency program may work to fund an update to Carroll County High School’s heating and air conditioning system, along with help from Rural Development.
    One of outgoing School Superintendent Greg Smith’s last recommendations to the Carroll School Board is to consider these items to change out the high school’s more than 40-year-old mechanical system.

  • Inspectors may get to go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — It looks like Nehemiah Engineering may be able to go back to providing inspections on the Fancy Gap utility projects, after the Carroll Public Service Authority drafted a letter to Rural Development.
    Rural Development is expected to ask for a refund from the authority for construction inspection services on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project from the beginning of 2012, according to a letter from the authority to the federal funding agency.

  • Conflict of interest issue could be settled

    HILLSVILLE  — Will the conflict of interest accusations against construction inspectors for the Fancy Gap water and sewer project finally get settled when the Carroll Public Service Authority holds a special meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday?
    The authority announced the special meeting Friday, days after the PSA members went into a 90-minute closed session at their regular June gathering last Monday.