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  • 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.

  • Hikers found safe at Grayson Highlands

    MOUNT ROGERS — A search party assembled at Grayson Highlands State Park on Friday morning following the disappearance of two unidentified hikers, according to a spokesperson from the Grayson County Sheriff's Department.

    The hikers were said to have been missing since Thursday.

    Rugby Fire and Rescue was dispatched to assist at the scene that morning

  • Livestock regulations corralled in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — If Carroll County needs a loose livestock ordinance, a citizen asked that it only target “habitual offenders.”
    Myra Leonard was one of six speakers who shared their reactions to Carroll County’s loose livestock proposal as written by County Attorney Jim Cornwell.
    The proposal would make it a misdemeanor for a person’s livestock or fowl — not companion animals — to leave their owner’s land and get onto someone else’s property or onto the roads.

  • Carroll races will be on November ballot

    HILLSVILLE — The first Carroll County election to be held after staggered terms go into effect will feature a race for the Fancy Gap school board seat and a contest for Pipers Gap supervisor.
    Two candidates with experience on the Carroll School Board will compete to represent the Fancy Gap District, according to information from the voter registrar’s office. Incumbent Joey Haynes will face former school board member Phillip Berrier in the fall election.
    School board races are non-partisan.

  • Gone with the wind: 'Tall structures' ordinance topples

    HILLSVILLE — County officials at their Monday meeting put the final nail in the coffin of a proposal that one Carroll supervisor called “a Trojan horse” intended to keep electricity-generating wind mills out of the locality.
    Not long after a company named EDP Renewables began researching Stoots Mountain for a wind farm, the supervisors directed the county attorney to come up with an ordinance controlling placement of tall structures on ridge tops.

  • APCo Storm/Outage Update

    Appalachian Power Storm Response Update
    June 13, 2013 -  5 p.m.

    WEATHER
    The widely predicted thunderstorms that traveled over Appalachian Power territory last night and  this morning caused only minor power outages.