Local News

  • Grayson budget gap shrinking

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson’s fiscal health appears to be improving, as the county supervisors found themselves only $287,000 away from a balanced budget during their initial budget work session for next year’s budget.
    While $287,000 is by no means easy to find, the county has faced much larger gaps between their projected revenues and expenditures in the initial stages of past budgets.

  • Lackey challenges Terry for Pine Creek seat

  • Learn how to help the bluebirds


    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Bluebird Society coordinators for Carroll and Grayson counties will give a presentation about helping monitor and support the local bluebird numbers.

    Dale and Linda Kerns will give a presentation at the Carroll County Public Library about helping the colorful birds recover from dwindling numbers, including setting out bluebird boxes to give them places to raise their young.

  • Cell tower approved for Grayson


  • Hillsville flushes plans for utility rate hike

    HILLSVILLE — An expected water and sewer rate increase has gone down the drain as Hillsville officials prepare the fiscal year 2013 budget.
    Town Manager Larry South said that Hillsville also will hold the line on taxes for its proposed $2.94 million general fund in the fiscal year starting July 1.
    “It is a pleasure to present a proposed budget with ‘no’ fee or tax increase,” South wrote in the town’s budget proposal.

  • County requests opinion on conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — A Rural Development official has gotten involved in the question of whether there’s a conflict of interest in the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, leading the Carroll Public Service Authority to request an opinion from the commonwealth’s attorney on the matter.
    The authority held a special meeting Wednesday evening from about 5:15 p.m. until about 6:55 p.m., with all but about five minutes in closed session.

  • Medical merger could be good for city's financial health


  • Fire destroys apartment, outbuilding

    Brett Anauo of Galax was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for smoke inhalation after his apartment, located above a garage, caught fire on Monday morning.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded at 5 a.m. to the fire at 601 Givens St. in Galax.
    Anauo said he woke up and the room was on fire.
    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley believes the fire, which caused significant damage, was electrical and may have started from an extension chord.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Child abuse and neglect is the cause of more than 1,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and, in Virginia, every 84 minutes a child is abused or neglected.
    During 2011, there were 29,619 children reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in the state.
    These reports were recorded by local Departments of Social Services for investigation or family assessments.
    The state reports show that:

  • Carroll PSA targets inspectors with conflict policy

    HILLSVILLE ― A Carroll Public Service Authority conflict of interest policy for contractors in general lasted less than one month before a proposal was made to narrow it to apply to the PSA's construction inspectors.