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  • Isom appointed to Fries Town Council

     

  • Independence names new town manager

     

  • Carroll soldier recovers from blast

    SEATTLE, Wash. — The parents of U.S. Army PFC Eric Sabath report that the solider remains in good spirits while receiving medical treatment for injuries to his feet from an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
    Sabath is well-known in Hillsville and surrounding communities as a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School and as an employee of the Hillsville Subway for five years, said his mother, Yvette Sabath.
    She spoke to The Gazette on Monday, while visiting the soldier in a Washington state hospital.

  • Save Green Expo returns in September

    The theme of this year’s third annual Save Green  EXPO is “Personal and Planetary Wellness,” which ties into the event’s focus on saving two kinds of green — cash and the environment.
    The goal of this event is to educate local residents on economical ways to improve their health and support a cleaner and healthier environment.
    Grayson LandCare will hold the expo at the Crossroads Institute in Galax on Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are invited to participate.

  • Galax gets grant to promote tourism

    Out of 45 marketing projects that received state funding last week, the City of Galax received the fourth-largest tourism grant.
    The city’s award of $43,893 is right behind three recipients that were awarded $50,000 each — Virginia Arts Festival, Barter Theatre and the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

  • Council debates rescue squad's existence

    HILLSVILLE — Existential debates don’t often break out at government meetings, but the question whether a disbanded rescue squad does or does not exist arose at the Aug. 13 Hillsville Town Council meeting.
    The question, raised by Council Member David Young, is this: if Hillsville Volunteer Rescue Squad no longer exists, then why does it have officers and how can it still own equipment and supplies?

  • Carroll athletics could change districts

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board has no intention for its high school sports teams to take the field against distant Franklin County and Patrick Henry, according to action taken at its August meeting.
    The two schools in the Virginia High School League’s proposed River Ridge District are too far away and have the advantage of too many more students than Carroll for the playing field to be level, high school Principal Chuck Thompson and members of the school board agreed.

  • Veterans' memorial project moves forward

    The City of Galax has contracted with North Carolina Granite Corporation to provide and install the memorial stones at the site of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial by Veterans Day.
    City council received an update on the project at its Aug. 13 meeting. The large memorial is being constructed next to the Galax Public Library on West Stuart Drive.
    The total cost to construct and install the monuments for this portion of the memorial is about $45,000.
    Construction of the remaining foundations is almost complete and the site will be graded afterwards.

  • Without limit, gun sales shoot through roof

    Firearms have been flying off store shelves all year in Virginia, but last month — the first in 20 years that didn’t limit buyers to one handgun — saw the most sales yet.
    Background checks for firearms transactions spiked accordingly. In July, 29,072 checks were conducted by the Virginia State Police, a 29 percent increase over the same month last year.

  • Citizens air opinions at wind farm hearing

    HILLSVILLE  — A public hearing on a potential wind farm on Stoots Mountain hasn’t cleared the air about what Carroll County supervisors should do about the possible renewable energy development.
    County officials held a public hearing to get input on what citizens think after it became general knowledge that EDP Renewables has been exploring the ridge at Poplar Camp for a grouping of 24 wind turbines.