Local News

  • Carroll balances budget with no tax hike

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County is one of many localities forced to move forward with incomplete spending plans this year because of legislators’ indecisiveness over the state budget.
    However, county officials say they are pleased to have reached a budget agreement that will not include a tax increase for residents this year.
    The fiscal year 2015 operating budget totals $80.4 million.
    Budget approvals were short and sweet this month, spanning over two separate meetings on May 5 and May 12.

  • Grayson passes zoning revisions

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors put its zoning ordinance concerns to rest last Thursday evening when they unanimously approved the Grayson Planning Commission’s revisions to the document.
    The commission, tasked by the supervisors with making the 75-page document more “user-friendly” in February, met eight times in the last three months to dissect the ordinance and compose a “complete rewrite of the document from start to finish,” according to Zoning Administrator Elaine Holeton.

  • Suspect leads police on short chase


  • Hillsville budget avoids tax increase

    HILLSVILLE — Staff working on Hillsville’s fiscal year 2014-2015 budget propose to avoid a tax increase by finding more savings, applying for grants and fixing more utility issues, according to the discussion at the April 28 town council budget workshop.
    The budget document shows the general fund revenue and expenses balancing at approximately $2.59 million, the water fund at almost $1.96 million and the sewer fund at $929,402.

  • Tate wins drawing for seat on Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — After weeks of campaigning, the tied race for the Sulphur Springs Ward seat on Hillsville Town Council came down to a single sheet of paper on Friday.
    Challenger Bill Tate Jr. and incumbent Billy Walls Sr. both had 89 votes in the May 6 town council election.
    Members of the Carroll Electoral Board gathered at 8 a.m. on May 9 in the Carroll County Governmental Center, where Tate and Walls had their names sealed in envelopes and put into a box to be drawn at random.

  • ELECTION: Name drawing will break Hillsville council tie

    HILLSVILLE —  Election night was an evening of close calls in Hillsville, as the decision in the mayor’s race came down to a handful of votes and one town council race was tied after a recount.
    The Carroll County voter registrar’s office released the final results of the May 6 election early Wednesday morning.

  • ELECTION: New faces join Fries, Independence councils

    INDEPENDENCE — A new face will join Independence government in July, as newcomer Jeff Miller won a spot on town council in Tuesday’s election.
    Miller received the second-highest number of votes (51, or 26 percent) in a four-way race for three council seats.

  • ELECTION: Incumbents retain seats on Galax council


  • Police apprehend Galax man after attempted escape



  • Poll shows support slipping for Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — State legislative Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion appear to have public opinion on their side: A new poll says a majority of Virginians are against extending government-backed health insurance to low-income residents.
    A recent Christopher Newport University survey says 53 percent of Virginians oppose expansion and 41 percent support the position favored by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his General Assembly allies.