Local News

  • Town water customers could get soaked

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville’s town manager is apologizing to customers for increases in water and sewer rates recommended in the 2012 budget.
    Larry South indicated that he wished it were otherwise, but Hillsville needs to make rate adjustments in light of the facts.

  • Facing addiction as a community

    A new program to the area will help strengthen the community’s ability to respond to physical and financial impacts of substance abuse and addiction, as it aims to recruit volunteers to provide intervention services.

  • Two seek nomination to run in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE — Two Republicans announced during a party meeting March 1 that they will seek nomination to run for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    John Brewer will seek the party’s nomination to run for the Providence district seat. David Sexton will seek the party’s nomination to run for the at-large seat.

  • Redistricting plans would redraw boundaries


  • Carroll could hold others accountable for failed AmerLink deal

    HILLSVILLE — After hearing the final bankruptcy settlement with AmerLink has been approved, one Carroll supervisor asked about a “statute of limitations” in dealing with others who may have been involved.
    The log home manufacturer was supposed to have created 200 jobs and built a saw mill in the industrial park as part of an economic development deal, but failed to meet those terms.

  • Meeting to address Fries downtown grant

    FRIES — Fries citizens will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fries Bingo Hall to further  discuss concerns regarding a $1 million Community Development Block Grant.
    The grant, which was expected to fund façade improvements in downtown Fries, could be in jeopardy, citizens said.
    The public is invited to attend.

  • Carroll boy killed in tractor accident


  • County attorney addresses conflict, taxes

    HILLSVILLE — Two suggestions brought up by citizens at the Carroll supervisors meeting March 14 elicited quick responses from the county attorney.
    Debby Brady Goad expressed concerns about delinquent taxes not being collected and Mike Goldwasser asked the supervisors to consider getting the attorney general's office to provide an opinion about a perceived conflict of interest by a county official.
    During her time, Goad told the supervisors she noticed that Roanoke County had published its delinquent taxes list in the newspaper.

  • Bipartisan committee tackles redistricting

    RICHMOND — What would Virginia's General Assembly and congressional districts look like if they were drawn without any partisan political motives?
    What if they were made as compact and contiguous as possible and linked communities with common interests, with no regard for where incumbent officeholders live?

  • Town considers Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council could once again consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
    Citizen Kip Blevins addressed council during a public comment portion of the monthly meeting March 8. He noted that alcohol can be purchased on Sundays in other nearby localities and pointed out that the town is losing revenue from those sales.
    “This needs to be strongly looked at and strongly addressed,” Blevins said.