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  • Roads collapse after heavy rains

    UPDATE, JULY 7: After this story was published, more road collapses, flooding and rain-related damage occurred. Watch www.galaxgazette.com or visit our Facebook page for more photos and information on recent developments.

  • Online petition pushes to keep SWVTC open

    WOODLAWN — An online petition to keep open Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually disabled, including the facility in Carroll County, has set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures against the action.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in early 2012 that the state planned to close four of the five training centers, reduce the fifth in Chesapeake to 75 beds and transition residents into community-based programs.
    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close by 2018, with all closures in the state to be completed by 2020.

  • Town talks tourism at summit

    HILLSVILLE — Tourism is an industry, and Hillsville has taken steps to further capitalize on that industry.
    On June 25, the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Kitty Barker facilitated a strategic planning session to launch a new tourism plan for Hillsville.
    She met with elected and appointed town officials, citizens, representatives of civic groups, event organizers, local tourism officials, a hotel representative and others to go over Hillsville’s successes and strengths and to develop a roadmap to better promote its events and attractions.

  • Carroll dives into pool study

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials will take a look at the county’s recreational offerings, beginning with a long-awaited feasibility study for a pool and water park.
    Carroll once had a pool in the recreation park, but closed subsequently demolished it in 2009 due to the high cost of needed repairs.
    Waves of interest in a pool resurged in 2012 when a Facebook group called "Carroll County Citizens in favor of a Water Park/Pool" surfaced.

  • New Virginia laws in effect July 1

    Judging by the coming impact of new laws the General Assembly approved this winter, 2013 could be characterized as the year of the car in Virginia.
    Policymakers further toughened penalties for prohibited behaviors behind the wheel — such as texting and drunken driving — and voted to make consumers pay more to buy vehicles as part of a financing plan to raise new revenue for state roads. They also voted to place new conditions on the use of mopeds.

  • Grayson supervisors' chairman Mike Maynard dies at 64

    INDEPENDENCE — Memorial services have been scheduled, and the Grayson County flag will fly at half staff this week following the passing of Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard on June 28.

    Maynard, who represented the Wilson District on the board for nearly eight years, suffered a stroke in late June and was placed in intensive care at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. He then suffered another massive stroke last Thursday and passed away at the hospital on Friday evening.

  • BUCK & BYLLESBY: 100 Years of Hydroelectric Power

    ROANOKE — The Buck and Byllesby dams, named after two major players in the United States’ widespread adoption of alternating current at the dawn of the Electric Age, continue to churn out electricity for Appalachian Power more than 100 years after their completion.
    The two hydroelectric dams on the New River in Carroll County helped establish the utility now known as APCo in the region, according to a news release from the company, celebrating more than a century of operations.

  • Grayson approves budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Following months of workshops and public hearings, Grayson County supervisors approved the 2013-14 budget with no tax increase.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the final budget to the board last week during a year-end closeout meeting. It includes revenues and expenditures totaling $17.3 million.
    Sweet pointed out that all tax levies would stay the same — including real estate, which will remain at 49¢ per $100 valuation.
    Supervisors also used the meeting to close out the 2012-13 budget.

  • Cliffview water project funded

    Carroll’s Public Service Authority has worked for four years to get water to the Cliffview community, and county officials expect the bidding and construction process to take an additional two years.
    But public water is on its way, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell and other authority members stressed at a special meeting held in the community on June 20.

  • Family of four loses home to fire

    CANA ― A Cana family of four lost everything in a house fire Saturday evening off Meadowbrook Road.
    The call for the Cana Fire Department came in about 6:30 p.m. on June 22, saying that two occupants of the home at 46 Vass Lane could still be inside, according to Chief Richard Sowers. A neighbor saw the flames and reported the fire to the authorities.