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  • Hillsville forgives part of church utility bill

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville church that had a hidden water leak over two billing periods received a $2,100 discount off its bill from the town.
    Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church did not realize that someone hooked a water pipe directly into a drain for the sewage system.
    This resulted in an outside spigot being turned on and running for a long time, creating a water and sewer bill that could have been as much as $14,323.74.

  • Are we ready for the 'Frankenstorm'?

    Hurricane Sandy.
    The Frankenstorm.
    The Snoreastercane.
    Whatever you want to call it, the storm hitting the East Coast this week is a freak of nature, says Kevin Myatt, weather columnist for The Roanoke Times.
    For Southwest Virginia, the merging of two extreme weather systems likely will mean high winds, heavy rain and possibly a record October snowfall.
    Anything is possible, Myatt says, but the storm is bringing more tricks than treats.

  • Hillsville takes aim at deer

    HILLSVILLE — Conservation officials don’t want to stand in the way of Hillsville’s aim to control deer, but it’s not as easy as granting a town-wide kill order, said Department of Game and Inland Fisheries representatives.
    Allen Boynton, regional wildlife manager, and conservation officer Ryland Cox gave the town options in addition to targeting deer by hunting, including going after deer on public property and the state issuing more kill permits to individual land owners.

  • Hillsville continues search for new town manager, police chief

    HILLSVILLE — Town council continues its headhunting for two leadership positions, and one citizen says the best candidates already work for Hillsville.
    Filling the vacant town manager and police chief jobs received only a few minutes of attention from Hillsville Town Council members during the open session of the Oct. 22 meeting.
    After a 40-minute closed session, Mayor Greg Crowder announced that interviews for the top candidates for police chief will occur at the beginning of November.

  • Galax drivers cautioned about 4-way stops

     

  • Farmers' market lands $28,000 grant

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Farmers Market was recently selected as one of only five farmers markets in the state to be awarded a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The grant, which will provide more than $28,000 in funding over the next two years, will help the market complete three phases that should help increase the community’s accessibility to healthy, locally grown foods in Grayson County.
    The market’s primary objective will be to install a two-year funded market manager position.

  • Police, students team up to help 'Wounded Warrior'

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Skills USA members teamed up to raise $1,500 to help Wounded Warriors, including a local man injured while serving in Afghanistan, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath received injuries to his feet while sweeping a road mined with an improved explosive device in August.

  • Supervisor calls for investigation of county officials

    HILLSVILLE — To ensure the Carroll Board of Supervisors proceeds in a professional and legal manner, the board’s Pine Creek representative wants to resolve all outstanding questions at one time.
    In a recent e-mail, Supervisor Bob Martin asked the county attorney for advice in launching a state police investigation and requesting an attorney general ruling.

  • Local scout honored for gesture of respect

    Webelos Scout Lane Snow from Woodlawn stood and saluted through the 2.5-mile funeral procession of Virginia State Trooper A.D. Fox last week.
    As a nine-year-old member of Pack 810 in Woodlawn, Snow and his unit had been learning about citizenship and duty to country when Trooper Fox was killed in the line of duty.

  • Red Cross helping family that lost home

    The Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross has assisted a Cana family recovering from an Oct. 9 fire that destroyed their home.
    Six were living in the home of David and Ann McMillan when the fire caught in the early morning hours that day. The extensive damage from the blaze drove the couple and their four children out of the home.
    Just like with other emergencies that shake up peoples’ lives, Red Cross representatives responded to a request to help the McMillans after the house was declared a total loss by firefighters.