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  • New River Trail work resumes

     

  • A warning about flea market traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Shoppers by the thousands are expected to descend on the Hillsville gun show and flea market, as well as the Sylvatus flea market and numerous yard sales, this weekend.
    Roads in the vicinity are expected to be clogged with shoppers galore, so the Virginia Department of Transportation issued the following traffic advisory.
    Travelers heading to the annual Labor Day weekend flea market should be prepared for considerable traffic delays.

  • 500,000 could collect for flea market

    HILLSVILLE — The annual Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show will transform Hillsville from a quiet town of 3,000 to one of the largest retail venues in the Southeast during the four-day holiday weekend.
    The number of vendors of new, used and collectible stuff nearly equals the number of town residents — and attracts an estimated crowd of around half a million shoppers.
    Just two miles from Interstate 77, shoppers can find virtually everything — old, kitsch, useful or totally useless.

  • UPDATE: Fugitive caught after fleeing police

    HILLSVILLE ― A Carroll deputy will need surgery to recover from an injury to his leg that he suffered while chasing a driver from a traffic stop Tuesday evening.
    At about 6:44 p.m., Deputy Barry Lineberry pulled over a vehicle on Sharp Road, near Oak Grove Road in the Laurel community, according to information from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
    The driver was Toby Lee Vaughn, who lives in the community, Sheriff J.B. Gardner said.

  • Grant helping control town's animal population.

    HILLSVILLE — Local officials say that a spay-neuter grant meant to reduce the number of unwanted pets in Hillsville continues on track.
    Hillsville and Twin County Humane Society officials teamed up to win a two-year, $70,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to curb the population of homeless dogs and cats in all of zip code 24343 — animals that often turn into a nuisance and end up getting euthanized at the Twin County Regional Animal Shelter.

  • Tea Party condemns Crooked Road plan

     

  • Church drowning in water bill debt

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church could hold car washes to raise money for its financial crisis, as many churches do, but using all that water would just add to its troubles.
    A leak at the church caused an estimated one million gallons of water to run through the system, and into the town’s sewer system.
    Hillsville Town Council on Aug. 13 discussed the church’s dilemma, but the amount of the water and sewer bill the town can forgive is just a drop in the bucket.

  • Final ruling decides training center's fate

    RICHMOND — A federal court judge dismissed a complaint to prevent the closing of Virginia’s training centers, while giving final approval to a settlement agreement between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice regarding care for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

  • Register by Friday for Senior Olympics

    Seniors 50 and older in the Twin County area have an opportunity to participate in the first-ever Twin County Senior Olympics on Sept. 14 and 15, but time is running out to register.
    The deadline for registration is this Friday — Aug. 31.
    The recreation departments from Carroll, Galax and Grayson, along with the Hillsville Rotary Club and Carroll Wellness Center, have teamed up to sponsor the Olympics. “They have worked very hard to make this a reality for us,” said Dennis Ward of Hillsville, the event’s organizer.

  • Veterans memorial nearing completion

    It’s been a long time coming, but the 3,600-square-foot Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial is another step closer to being completed.
    The city recently contracted with North Carolina Granite Corp. to provide and install memorial stones at the site by the end of October. The memorial stones will represent each of the military branches.
    A dedication is to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at the memorial beside the Galax Public Library.