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  • County sets public hearing on vehicle stickers

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors have scheduled a public hearing for their regular June meeting to hear comments on a plan to do away with vehicle decals.

    Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank, Finance Director Pam Smith, Treasurer Bonita Williams and Commissioner of Revenue Louise Quesenberry have all met to discuss the best way to end the requirement to put decals in personal vehicles, while still retaining the fee.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell reported on the resulting proposal.

  • Carroll studies wind power

    HILLSVILLE — Locals are used to thinking of Carroll County as a windswept place — and researchers studying wind energy production say that's partly true.

    It's not unusual to hear about wind knocking down high-profile vehicles on Interstate 77. The latest incident just happened, when gusts caused a loaded trailer to shift, roll and wreck. 

    Fancy Gap residents say wind and fog are the community's weather issues.

  • AmerLink seeks change of venue

    RICHMOND — A company sued by Carroll County for the return of 32.4 acres used as an incentive in a failed economic development deal has asked that the case be consolidated with AmerLink's bankruptcy.

    The deal with AmerLink was supposed to create 200 jobs and $3 million in investment in Carroll County, but the log home manufacturer only created one job in four years.

    AmerLink, a subsidiary of Harlingen Holdings, had received $600,000 in state incentive funds and the 32.4 acres of land from Carroll County as part of the deal.

  • Schools will get money, but can't keep it all

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of meetings and talks between the Grayson Board of Supervisors and county school board, the school division may get exactly what it requested for the 2009-10 budget.

    But, additional cuts may still be needed.

    The school board submitted a request to the supervisors for level funding — no increase or decrease — for the 2009-10 school budget, in the amount of $4.65 million.

  • Rescue squad seeks answers

    LAMBSBURG — Lambsburg Rescue Squad members want answers as to why they were shut down, and they hope to get them at a community meeting May 29.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lambsburg Rescue Squad building.

    Susie Edwards, secretary/treasurer for the squad, has sent registered letters to the Carroll County supervisors, telling them about the meeting.

    Lambsburg has been in limbo since December 2008, when county officials alleged a breach of protocol by the squad on a heart attack call.

  • Carroll pool closing questioned at hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Listening to just one objection to closing the county pool didn't seem to make much of a splash with the Carroll supervisors at the May 18 public hearing for the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    Projected to cost about $50,000 more to operate than the revenue it would bring in, the pool is the only county service that faces being cut out of the budget completely.

  • VDOT wants big trucks to stay unstuck

    HILLSVILLE — Two road-related public hearings have been scheduled for the May 11 meeting of the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

    One hearing will be for the secondary road construction budget for 2010, and the second will seek input on placing restrictions on Virginia 620 on Lambsburg Mountain to keep tractor-trailers from getting stuck there.

    Bob Beasley, resident administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Hillsville, approached county supervisors about the need for hearings on these two topics at their April meeting.

  • Grayson talks trash, taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering charging for curbside trash pickup to close a nearly $1.1 million gap in the 2009-10 budget County residents could also face a 3 cent tax increase on the levy and a 25 cent increase on personal property.

    Supervisors began their budget workshop Tuesday night with a $900,000 deficit.

    The ongoing issue of how much money to provide the school system was again the highlight of the meeting.

  • Tornado touches down

    It may have been minor, but the National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down near the Grayson/Carroll line on Martha's Knob Road on May 6.

    According to the NWS office in Blacksburg, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 1.8 miles along Martha's Knob Road. The tornado's EF0 rating on the scale means wind speeds were 65-85 mph and it was about 15-20 yards wide.

    The twister touched down around 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of Peaks Mountain Road and traveled east-northeast along Martha's Knob Road to the intersection of Dickey Road.

  • Carroll water projects making progress

    HILLSVILLE — Supplying water for a new truck stop at Exit 1 in Lambsburg will proceed along two tracks as the Carroll Public Service Authority continues infrastructure work there.

    The Carroll officials will continue to work on a smaller water tank to serve the Love's Country Store and Travel Stop facility planned for the Interstate 77 exit just north of the North Carolina line, PSA members discussed at Monday's meeting.