Local News

  • Hillsville budget avoids tax increase

    HILLSVILLE — Staff working on Hillsville’s fiscal year 2014-2015 budget propose to avoid a tax increase by finding more savings, applying for grants and fixing more utility issues, according to the discussion at the April 28 town council budget workshop.
    The budget document shows the general fund revenue and expenses balancing at approximately $2.59 million, the water fund at almost $1.96 million and the sewer fund at $929,402.

  • Tate wins drawing for seat on Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — After weeks of campaigning, the tied race for the Sulphur Springs Ward seat on Hillsville Town Council came down to a single sheet of paper on Friday.
    Challenger Bill Tate Jr. and incumbent Billy Walls Sr. both had 89 votes in the May 6 town council election.
    Members of the Carroll Electoral Board gathered at 8 a.m. on May 9 in the Carroll County Governmental Center, where Tate and Walls had their names sealed in envelopes and put into a box to be drawn at random.

  • ELECTION: Name drawing will break Hillsville council tie

    HILLSVILLE —  Election night was an evening of close calls in Hillsville, as the decision in the mayor’s race came down to a handful of votes and one town council race was tied after a recount.
    The Carroll County voter registrar’s office released the final results of the May 6 election early Wednesday morning.

  • ELECTION: New faces join Fries, Independence councils

    INDEPENDENCE — A new face will join Independence government in July, as newcomer Jeff Miller won a spot on town council in Tuesday’s election.
    Miller received the second-highest number of votes (51, or 26 percent) in a four-way race for three council seats.

  • ELECTION: Incumbents retain seats on Galax council


  • Police apprehend Galax man after attempted escape



  • Poll shows support slipping for Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — State legislative Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion appear to have public opinion on their side: A new poll says a majority of Virginians are against extending government-backed health insurance to low-income residents.
    A recent Christopher Newport University survey says 53 percent of Virginians oppose expansion and 41 percent support the position favored by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his General Assembly allies.

  • City council splits on budget resolution

    After months of waiting for a statewide budget to be agreed upon by the Virginia General Assembly, localities such as Galax are stepping in with opinions of their own in favor of the problem’s resolution.
    A final draft of a letter of resolution to the General Assembly was discussed and approved at council’s April 28 meeting, sparking some spirited debate among council members about the Medicaid expansion issue that’s holding up the budget.

  • Hearing set Thursday on zoning revisions

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance on Thursday at 7 p.m., during the regular May meeting.
    The Grayson County Planning Commission has been working to make revisions to the 75-page ordinance since it was tasked by the supervisors in February with making the ordinance more “user-friendly” in time for a May deadline.

  • Could old school be used for housing?

    HILLSVILLE — An idea to turn the old classrooms at the former Woodlawn school into housing has been added to the list of what Carroll County supervisors could do with 100-plus-year-old facility.
    The future use of the building hasn’t been clear since it reverted to Carroll’s ownership recently and ended its long run as an educational institution.