Local News

  • Carroll could replace HVAC, save money

    HILLSVILLE  — An energy efficiency program may work to fund an update to Carroll County High School’s heating and air conditioning system, along with help from Rural Development.
    One of outgoing School Superintendent Greg Smith’s last recommendations to the Carroll School Board is to consider these items to change out the high school’s more than 40-year-old mechanical system.

  • Inspectors may get to go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — It looks like Nehemiah Engineering may be able to go back to providing inspections on the Fancy Gap utility projects, after the Carroll Public Service Authority drafted a letter to Rural Development.
    Rural Development is expected to ask for a refund from the authority for construction inspection services on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project from the beginning of 2012, according to a letter from the authority to the federal funding agency.

  • Conflict of interest issue could be settled

    HILLSVILLE  — Will the conflict of interest accusations against construction inspectors for the Fancy Gap water and sewer project finally get settled when the Carroll Public Service Authority holds a special meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday?
    The authority announced the special meeting Friday, days after the PSA members went into a 90-minute closed session at their regular June gathering last Monday.

  • State police say speed caused fatal wreck

    The car accident that resulted in the death of Pamela Slate appeared to be speed-related, said Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    Slate, 44, of Carsonville Road in Independence, was killed last Monday afternoon after the 2000 Firebird she was driving struck a utility pole on Edmonds Road, south of Galax.
    Vaughan said Slate appeared to be going too fast for the condition of the road. It had rained that afternoon.
    Slate lost control of her car, ran off the side of the road, overcorrected and hit a utility pole head-on, breaking the pole in half.

  • Town chosen for revitalization project

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is one of seven communities in the 13-state Appalachian Region selected to receive federal technical assistance under the Livable Communities program.
    Few details are available, but federal and town officials were expected to announce more about the project on Tuesday.

  • Long-simmering issues boil over at Hillsville Town Council meeting

    HILLSVILLE — Since the beginning of the race for town mayor began last year, Hillsville had been stewing with long-held resentments, often vague accusations of wrongdoing by officials and rumors that political challengers would “clean house” in the town office if elected.
    Those issues came to a boil Monday night as a crowd gathered in Hillsville Town Hall, filling the council meeting room and spilling out into hallways, the lobby and the sidewalks.

  • Allen wins Virginia GOP primary

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    As expected, former governor and senator George Allen coasted to victory in a low-turnout primary Tuesday, earning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2006.
    Allen had strong support in the Twin Counties, where he won a combined 84.2 percent of the vote in a four-way race and far outpaced his statewide share of 66 percent.

  • City tax increases take effect July 1

    Increases to the meals, lodging, personal property, real estate and machinery and tools taxes will take effect July 1, after Galax City Council approved the 2013 budget on Monday.
    The meals tax will increase from 5 to 7.5 percent; real estate tax from 62¢ to 67¢ per $100; personal property tax from $1.58 to $2.25 per $100; machinery and tools tax from $1.42 to $1.50 per $100; and lodging tax from 5 to 8 percent.

  • Supervisors air concerns over communication

    HILLSVILLE — How the members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors work together became a major topic at Monday’s county board meeting, as officials tried to talk matters out.
    The nearly hour-long discussion arose from Pine Creek Supervisor Bob Martin’s assertions that information hasn’t been shared with him like it has been with other elected county officials.
    Chairman Sam Dickson started off the conversation at the regular June meeting after adding a “code of ethics” agenda item.

  • Drivers bypass new road in Hillsville