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  • 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.

  • Roads collapse after heavy rains

    UPDATE, JULY 7: After this story was published, more road collapses, flooding and rain-related damage occurred. Watch www.galaxgazette.com or visit our Facebook page for more photos and information on recent developments.

  • Online petition pushes to keep SWVTC open

    WOODLAWN — An online petition to keep open Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually disabled, including the facility in Carroll County, has set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures against the action.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in early 2012 that the state planned to close four of the five training centers, reduce the fifth in Chesapeake to 75 beds and transition residents into community-based programs.
    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close by 2018, with all closures in the state to be completed by 2020.

  • Town talks tourism at summit

    HILLSVILLE — Tourism is an industry, and Hillsville has taken steps to further capitalize on that industry.
    On June 25, the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Kitty Barker facilitated a strategic planning session to launch a new tourism plan for Hillsville.
    She met with elected and appointed town officials, citizens, representatives of civic groups, event organizers, local tourism officials, a hotel representative and others to go over Hillsville’s successes and strengths and to develop a roadmap to better promote its events and attractions.