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  • Two die in Cana fire

     

    UPDATED DEC. 12, 12:25 P.M.

     

    CANA — Emergency workers recovered two bodies from a Saturday morning house fire on Wards Gap Road.

  • VT TRAGEDY HITS HOME: Slain officer was Carroll native

    UPDATED — 6:29 P.M., DEC. 9

  • Fancy Gap utility work under way

    HILLSVILLE — Fancy Gap residents should start seeing evidence of the future water and sewer utility projects soon, according to information shared by the Carroll Public Service Authority on Nov. 21.
    County Administrator Gary Larrowe suspected even as the authority held its regular meeting that some of the light work on the water project had already begun.
    (The Virginia Department of Transportation had asked county officials not to start on the heavy work until after the heavy Thanksgiving holiday traffic cleared out.)

  • Outage continues for hundreds

      CANA — Electric outages continue for about 1,300 Appalachian Power customers in Carroll County Thursday morning with service expected to be restored by evening.

  • Work for U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork on the way

    RICHMOND — State officials have found funding to advance widening of U.S. 58, including a five-mile segment in Laurel Fork, according to a news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    The governor said the Virginia Department of Transportation drove the project forward through its public-private contract with construction company Branch Highways. It follows on the bumper of completion of U.s. 58 improvements at Hillsville.

  • 2011: A Year of Weird Weather

     

  • Residential values fall, commercial property rises

    The a recent tax reassessment of 3,900 Galax homes and commercial properties indicated that the value of homes fell by 2 percent while the value of commercial property rose by 2 percent, said David Hankley, commissioner of revenue for the city.
    “So, it essentially remained unchanged from the last reassessment in 2008,” said Hankley. “Everything remained flat.”
    Over the past three years, Galax has seen about a 30 percent reduction in the number of homes sold, he noted.

  • Rooftop hires interim director

    The board of directors has named Christine Thompson as interim executive director of Rooftop of Virginia, after Rooftop’s former director and human resources manager were charged with embezzlement.
    Thompson, who has served at another community action program for 30 years, began in the position last Thursday. Thompson worked at Clinch Valley Community Action Program as deputy director for 23 years and executive director for the last 11 years.

  • Hillsville redrawing boundaries

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials are redrawing Hillsville’s four voting wards and will hold a public hearing on the proposal at their Dec. 12 meeting.
    Just as other localities had to do after the numbers from the 2010 Census came out, the goal of redistricting involves equalizing the number of voters in the wards.
    One of the biggest changes includes adding all the new area annexed on the west side of town out to Interstate 77’s Exit 14 to the Pipers Gap ward, according to information from town Treasurer Judy Bolt.

  • Galax seeks federal grant for public art project

    Sculptures and murals, like those seen throughout Charlottesville, Roanoke and Chicago, contribute to tourism and the quality of life for locals, Council Member Bob Lazo said at last month’s Galax City Council meeting.
    Lazo asked that the city put aside a small portion of the budget to fund public art displays.
    Brenda Marrah, the city’s grants administrator, plans to apply for ArtPlace funding to assist with this.