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  • Carroll: Problems arise from PC actions

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors spent much of their July 8 meeting discussing problems that have arisen from decisions made by the county’s planning commission over the years, including misplaced use of policies and an incorrectly adopted site plan for a recreational vehicle development.
    Policies wrongly adopted by the Carroll County Planning Commission — that should have been handled as amendments to the subdivision ordinance — were adopted incorrectly, the supervisors discussed with County Attorney Jim Cornwell at the July 8 meeting.

  • Carroll gives lot behind Carter Home to Town of Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  — Town officials plan to create a space for a community farmers market and a venue for local events, now that the Carroll supervisors have agreed to transfer the parking lot behind the historic Carter Home to Hillsville.
    Town Manager Travis Jackson was the sole speaker to appear at the June public hearing on the transfer of the .7044 acre behind the history home once owned by the family of early industrial magnate George L. Carter.
    The lot would still be used for public parking, but with additions, Jackson explained to the county officials.

  • Galax could lower more speed limits

    The changes in Galax speed limits may continue as research finds more inconsistencies with the city’s roads.
    Police Chief Rick Clark spoke with members of Galax City Council at their July 8 meeting, where he presented another recommendation, along with findings from research conducted by the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
    The discussion returned to an action item that was held over from council’s May 28 meeting — a recommendation to reduce the speed limit on U.S. 58 from 45 to 35 mph from Fries Road west to Mountain View.

  • Counties allege fraud in radio lawsuit

    Grayson and Carroll counties, alleging fraud and breach of contract on a 2009 project to improve radio systems, have filed a lawsuit against the Mount Airy, N.C., business seeking the return of more than $1 million paid and $350,000 in punitive damages.

  • Citizens question Grayson road plan's direction

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Fries and Big Ridge Road in Elk Creek overfilled the board room of the Grayson County Courthouse recently for several Grayson County Board of Supervisors public hearings.
    The group from Fries left the building with their desired result; the residents of Big Ridge Road left feeling somewhat dissatisfied and uncertain about their future.

  • Flood zone residents will pay fee for repairs

    Payments for housing rehabilitation in Galax’s flood-prone Bottom area will now be a minimum of $25 per month for each homeowner, regardless of income level, according to a decision made by the Galax City Council at the July 8 meeting.
    The decision was made following a recent introduction of new Department of Housing and Community Development guidelines. The original plan for the housing rehabilitation phase of the project required no payment for homeowners whose income fell below a certain number.

  • Candidates emerge for Grayson treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― The pending retirement of longtime Grayson treasurer Fields R. “Junior” Young after 34 years has created a vacancy that at least two candidates have announced plans to fill.
    Young said his retirement is effective Dec. 31. He has been treasurer since 1979.
    A special election will be held in November for a temporary two-year term treasurer to replace him.
    Recently, Stephanie Brewer and Paula Carrico have announce their intentions to run for the office.

  • Floods damage Hillsville roads

    HILLSVILLE — Residents of low-lying areas in town and motorists driving through those flood-prone areas looked on in amazement Friday evening as heavy rains overwhelmed drainage to disrupt normal traffic and cause damage.
    Hillsville police responded to several areas during a July 5 storm that caused already wet and waterlogged areas to rise precipitously.

  • Speed limits going down in parts of Galax

    Speed limits on various roads within the Galax city limits will be changing this month.
    The Galax Police Department has advised that the public keep an eye out for changing speeds on several roads.
    These changes were approved by Galax City Council after hearing a proposal from the Traffic Safety Committee. At council’s May 28 meeting, Police Chief Rick Clark presented several research findings that led to the idea for the reduced speeds.

  • Town saves $1.4M with refinancing

    HILLSVILLE ― Locking in a lower interest rate on a 2011 refinancing of water and sewer debt will result in Hillsville saving at least $400,000 and a potential $1 million in the future, the town manager says.
    Town officials, including a prior administration, originally considered the refinancing of $4.7 million of debt in 2011 to ease pressure on the water and sewer system finances.
    At the advice of a consultant, the town sought proposals and approved the refinancing with Carter Bank and Trust at a 3.84 percent interest rate, with the promise of saving $580,000.