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  • PSA again denies project mishandling

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Debate over the Fancy Gap sewer project continued on Monday, when Fancy Gap citizen Stephen Gregson again challenged the Carroll County Public Service Authority and chairman Tom Littrell, claiming that the project was improperly bid and benefits a county official.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway reopens all visitor services

    Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced in a news release on Thursday that park operations are once again open and available to visitors. Visitors can access all facilities, campgrounds, and other public services that were open prior to October 1, when operations closed due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

  • Carroll dams recovering from floods

    Two hydroelectric dams that faced a crisis during unusually wet weather in January still haven’t fully recovered almost 10 months later, according to Appalachian Power Co. officials.
    New River levels after that storm caused flooding and raised concerns about the integrity of the Byllesby and Buck dams and warnings went out for residents to be ready to take action in the case the dams failed at the time, particularly in Wythe County.

  • Former school board member challenges incumbent

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates who sought election to represent the Fancy Gap District on the Carroll County School Board two years ago will compete for the office again in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Incumbent Joey Haynes has been challenged by Phillip Berrier, the former school board member who lost to Haynes in a four-way race in 2011.
    Some of the campaigning has brought up decisions made in connection with the countywide school improvement program, particularly improvements at the high school and the grade structure at St. Paul School.

  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Cassell seeks to retain Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
    Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.

  • Town plans to capitalize on tourism

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville sits at a unique intersection of geography and culture.
    The town is at the crossroads of Interstate 77 and four major highways, on the route of major musical destinations along the Crooked Road, just north of the Blue Ridge Parkway, close to the popular New River Trail State Park, so officials hope a new tourism plan mapping out a way to bring in more visitors could help Hillsville’s economy turn a corner in the long run.

  • Two injured in Cana motorcycle crash

    CANA ― A single-vehicle wreck involving a 2006 Honda motorcycle Sunday on Fishlake Road in Carroll County resulted in serious injuries for the driver and passenger, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred at approximately 5:55 p.m. when the motorcycle driven by Chadwick Lee Haynes, 39, of Mount Airy, N.C., was traveling northbound on Fishlake Road, exceeding the posted speed limit, according to Trooper J.D. Delp.

  • Galax woman charged with grand larceny

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies have recovered two stolen rings and placed a charge of grand larceny from a Sept. 17 incident.
    Peggy Burcham Calfee of the Galax area reported the theft of three rings — two gold with diamonds and one sterling silver — from her home to Carroll Deputy Billy Johnson, according to police reports.
    The rings were valued at approximately $650, and have an even higher sentimental value to Calfee, as one was a gift from her late husband.

  • Landfill cell closure underway in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Workers scurry over 13.6 acres of mounded earth on this bright Tuesday at the Twin County landfill, bent on various tasks to seal off the waste and prevent 23 years of accumulated garbage from leaking and causing pollution hazards.
    In a maneuver not unlike covering the turf in a baseball stadium during a rain delay, five of 14 workers grab the end and sides of a roll of 22-foot-wide white plastic sheeting and pull briskly to cover a swath of this approximately 50-foot-high hill of garbage and dirt.