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  • Delegate to fight for training center

    RICHMOND — While Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-6th District) has heard that other legislators will file bills to protect the state’s training centers from closing, she plans draft her own legislation to help the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville.
    Crockett-Stark represents Carroll County, where the facility for mentally and developmentally disabled residents is scheduled to close in 2018.

  • Carroll IDA buys KDH buildings

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s Industrial Development Authority approved a motion to buy two former Kentucky Derby Hosiery buildings at its Monday meeting.
    International textile company Gildan, after buying Kentucky Derby Hosiery’s assets, closed many of its American plants, including those in Hillsville, by 2008.
    The last offer made by the Carroll IDA on the KDH buildings was $1.6 million, but the authority approved a purchase price of $1.2 million at Monday’s meeting.

  • Deputy honored for rescue

    On his birthday, a Fries firefighter made sure another man lived to see another year.

  • Galax makes gains in tourism

    Much of Galax City Council’s Nov. 26 meeting was spent examining ways Galax has improved economically and in tourism over the last several years. Tourism Director Ray Kohl reported that the city has been awarded two plaques at recent conferences and that more tourism opportunities in Galax are on the horizon.

  • Exit 1 water deal looks promising

    HILLSVILLE — Though negotiations with Mount Airy, N.C., on buying water to supply Interstate 77’s Exit 1 have been legally and technically difficult, Carroll officials sound optimistic that the deal will be closed soon.
    Ever since the Love’s truck stop located at the Interstate 77 interchange in Lambsburg, Carroll officials have tried to secure a water supply that would allow for more growth there.
    County representatives drilled wells and worked on forging an agreement with the city of Mount Airy across the Virginia-North Carolina line.

  • Hillsville settles with Waste Industries

    HILLSVILLE — A private waste disposal company took issue with Hillsville’s annexing the busy Interstate 77 Exit 14 and taking business away from them.
    But both the town council and Waste Industries worked out a deal to avoid taking the matter to court.
    A settlement approved by members of Hillsville Town Council on Monday will pay a one-time sum to Waste Industries to keep the dispute from going any farther.

  • Birding trail plan ruffles some feathers

    FRIES — Fries Town Council held a longer monthly meeting than usual on Nov. 6, mostly due to a prolonged and passionate discussion about a proposed birding trail.
    At issue is whether the town can use a grant, which was awarded to rebuild the old Fries train depot, for developing the trail.
    The depot project has been in development for a decade, but has never come to fruition.

  • Carroll PSA accepts conflict ruling

    HILLSVILLE — After Virginia’s attorney general found no conflict of interest in the case of a Carroll supervisor working for an engineering firm employed by the county, the Carroll Public Service Authority has accepted the ruling as it applies to the Fancy Gap water and sewer project.

  • Council to pitch in with cost of veterans memorial

    During their Nov. 12 meeting, Galax City Council members pledged to donate $7,000 to the newly constructed Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.
    Council’s idea of making a donation to the memorial originated at the Oct. 8 meeting, when Council Member Margo Crouse made a motion to sponsor the memorial. At that time, council discussed the possibility of making a donation, but they ultimately decided to postpone a decision until the Nov. 12 meeting.

  • County could expand spay and neuter assistance

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society members asked Carroll County to help control pet overpopulation with a program like ones already in place in Hillsville and Galax.
    While Hillsville has received a $70,000 PetSmart grant to spay and neuter companion animals, humane society representative Betty Sutton asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors for something more like Galax’s program.
    Galax commits funds in its budget to help citizens spay and neuter their pets, she explained.