Local News

  • Fries bans Main Street parking

    FRIES — Residents and visitors to Fries will no longer be able to park along the town's narrow Main Street between Riverview and Firehouse Drive — unless they want a ticket and/or to have their vehicle towed.
    Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to begin enforcing an agreement the town had made previously with the volunteer fire department.

  • Carroll's fiscal feat

    HILLSVILLE  — How could Carroll County keep its tax rates flat and commit $1.5 million to Phase III school construction?
    A fund balance, answered County Finance Director Pam Smith at the July 12 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    The fund balance arises from more revenue coming in and the county spending less money than it budgeted for.

  • 'Unfair' housing alleged

    A group of about 10 Glendale Apartments residents stood on the side of Glendale Road below the Galax housing complex on Monday to protest what they claimed to be unfair housing practices.
    Some held signs that stated, “Stop violating out 4th amendment to the constitution,” “Racism is dead...,” “Poor people have rights, too” and “This is not fair housing.”

  • Grayson prison stalled

    As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.

  • Grayson prison stalled

    As construction at a state prison entrance near Independence delays traffic, plans to actually open the facility may be stopped indefinitely.

  • Renters: Know Your Rights

    The Fair Housing Act
    (FHA) prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin and disability. The FHA is part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968

    When Can The Landlord Enter My Apartment?
    In Virginia, landlords are required by law to provide 24 hours notice before entering rental property in non-emergency situations.

  • Grayson residents receive warrants

    INDEPENDENCE — Some Grayson County citizens say they are upset after receiving a notice of delinquent trash fees and a copy of a civil warrant, even though they say they were not billed for garbage service.
    According to about a dozen citizens who called, e-mailed or wrote letters to the newspaper, they received a letter notifying them that their trash fee must be paid by Aug. 6, otherwise a warrant — a civil claim for money — will be issued.
    If the warrant is issued, then the citizens will have to appear in Grayson County District Court.

  • Plane makes emergency landing on farm

    ELK CREEK — Paul Joseph Doyle was on his way back to his home in Marietta, Ga., from Virginia Tech last Saturday morning, piloting his 1977 Cessna 172-N single-engine plane, when he encountered heavy fog over Elk Creek.

  • Carroll working with RV resort developer

    HILLSVILLE — Planning officials in Carroll continue to work with a luxury RV resort development next to the New River Trail State Park.
    Chestnut Creek RV Estates' request for a lot size variance came before the Carroll planning commission July 15, and the commission discussed the matter for about 30 minutes, according to Ronald Newman, assistant county administrator.

  • State launches energy conservation web site

    The state has launched a web site and educational campaign called Virginia Energy Sense to help consumers understand more about their energy use and encourage them to conserve.
    The effort is part of a goal established by the General Assembly to cut the state’s electricity consumption by 10 percent from 2006 levels in the next 22 years. State agencies have estimated that such a reduction would postpone the need to build four to five new power plants and could save consumers between $200 million and $700 million, according to the web site, www.virginiaenergysense.org.