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  • Carroll debates RV parks, open space

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors showed themselves more open to preserving open space in clustering developments while reviewing elements of the subdivision ordinance Monday. 

    A little haggling, though, went on between open space's main proponent, Supervisor Tom Littrell, and other members of the board of supervisors and the planning commission, after their joint public hearing to consider other amendments to the ordinance.

  • Federal program to help Virginia homeowners

    Federal housing officials are planning to loan more than $46.6 million to help unemployed homeowners in Virginia.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will use the agency's Emergency Loan Program to fund the loans. The program will provide assistance for up to 24 months for homeowners who lost their jobs or have a medical condition and are at risk of foreclosure.

    The program will be used along with other government programs and requires homeowners to meet certain qualifications.

  • Nice shot: Flu vaccine simpler than last year's

     

     

    What a difference a year makes.

    Last October, Virginians waited hours for vaccines and flooded doctors' offices with the sneezing and wheezing of the pandemic H1N1 virus, better known as swine flu.

    This fall, life on the influenza front is calmer and less complicated. Flu cases are barely on the radar screen, and there's plenty of vaccine to go around.

  • Organizers: Tragedy's centennial will be tasteful

    HILLSVILLE — The lead-up to the 1912 courthouse shootout that left five dead started out with seeming innocence at a corn shucking.

  • Carroll PSA tries to quell smell

    HILLSVILLE — Adding two chemical agents to the sewage system at Woodlawn may reduce the odor that residents have been experiencing, Carroll Public Service Authority officials hope.
    Several citizens attended September's PSA meeting to vent about the rotten egg smell that lingers over their neighborhood after the installation of the new sewer system.
    The hardest-hit area appears to near the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Grandview, not far from Woodlawn School.

  • Galax teen reported missing
  • Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department received a report at 4:49 p.m. today, Thursday, that a Walmart associate was told there was possibly a bomb located in the store.
    Galax police responded and the store was evacuated pending a search. Explosive canines were used to check the store.
    Galax police are seeking a white male, approximately 40 years old,  6’3” tall, wearing a faded red T-shirt and tan or khaki pants. The suspect was known to be located in the service desk area prior to communicating the threat.
    The store was cleared to reopen at 8:45 PM.

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Supervisors still hope to find school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials say they were shocked to learn that the Carroll County school system will not receive any of the $26.7 million sought in federal funding to make school improvements.
    Carroll learned a week ago that it would not be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through USDA-Rural Development.

  • Study: Veterans' services lacking in Va.

    A new study says veterans across Virginia often have trouble getting the services they need, especially adequate mental health treatment.
    The study, released last Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, is the first in recent memory to look comprehensively at veterans’ needs in the commonwealth. While most of its findings came as no surprise to the state officials who commissioned it, the research will go a long way in helping to secure money to better serve veterans, said Catherine Wilson, executive director of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.