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  • BUCK & BYLLESBY: 100 Years of Hydroelectric Power

    ROANOKE — The Buck and Byllesby dams, named after two major players in the United States’ widespread adoption of alternating current at the dawn of the Electric Age, continue to churn out electricity for Appalachian Power more than 100 years after their completion.
    The two hydroelectric dams on the New River in Carroll County helped establish the utility now known as APCo in the region, according to a news release from the company, celebrating more than a century of operations.

  • Grayson approves budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Following months of workshops and public hearings, Grayson County supervisors approved the 2013-14 budget with no tax increase.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the final budget to the board last week during a year-end closeout meeting. It includes revenues and expenditures totaling $17.3 million.
    Sweet pointed out that all tax levies would stay the same — including real estate, which will remain at 49¢ per $100 valuation.
    Supervisors also used the meeting to close out the 2012-13 budget.

  • Cliffview water project funded

    Carroll’s Public Service Authority has worked for four years to get water to the Cliffview community, and county officials expect the bidding and construction process to take an additional two years.
    But public water is on its way, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell and other authority members stressed at a special meeting held in the community on June 20.

  • Family of four loses home to fire

    CANA ― A Cana family of four lost everything in a house fire Saturday evening off Meadowbrook Road.
    The call for the Cana Fire Department came in about 6:30 p.m. on June 22, saying that two occupants of the home at 46 Vass Lane could still be inside, according to Chief Richard Sowers. A neighbor saw the flames and reported the fire to the authorities.

  • Four injured in Carroll crash

    HILLSVILLE — Four people in a 1977 Jeep that wrecked in the Fowlers Ferry section of Carroll County Sunday morning were listed as injured in the single-vehicle crash, according to a Virginia State Police report.
    The incident occurred when the Jeep, driven Cody Moss, 18, of Elk Creek, was traveling too fast on the gravel road near the intersection of Virginia routes 635 and 739, according to the report by Trooper C.H. Campbell.
    The vehicle went off the road to the right. Trying to correct, the driver sent the Jeep back across the road to the left.

  • Carroll courtroom security tightened

    UPDATED JUNE 27 with comments from a public letter issued by the circuit court judge.

  • Propane tank adds danger to Galax flooding

    Rain water ponded to three feet in Galax’s low-lying Bottom neighborhood after a heavy downpour on Tuesday, this time spilling over onto heavily traveled Meadow Street.
    The Galax Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to Givens Street that afternoon following a sudden rain storm that flooded the neighborhood. The water dislodged a propane tank from behind Southern States.
    The 50-gallon tank was leaking as it floated away towards homes on Givens Street.
    The tank was considered a hazard because of its potential to explode.

  • Harvey named new Red Cross director

    The executive director of the New River Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, Annie Harvey, has added the business of the Wood’s River chapter to her responsibilities.
    Teamed with Disaster Services Program Manager Grady DeVilbiss, Harvey will handle the administrative duties at the Wood’s River office on Bee Line Road in Carroll County.

  • Suicide rate high in city

    Galax ranks fifth-highest in Virginia for those taking their own lives. Experts blame the area’s high numbers on a poor economy, lack of acceptance for some social groups and limited mental health services.

  • APCO: Power should be restored tonight

    Appalachian Power is reporting that power should be restored by tonight (Friday) to customers in Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties.