Local News

  • Fire destroys trailer

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to a fire in a mobile home court off Virginia 100 in Hillsville at about 3:15 Tuesday morning.

    Neighbors reported the trailer had been mostly consumed at the time. They thought that the occupants of the mobile home were still moving in at the time.

    With help from Laurel Fork Fire Department, emergency personnel put out the blaze, remaining on scene for more than an hour.

    The owner of the trailer is Emory Bearden, HFD members said. The names of the people moving in were not known.

  • Carroll thanks USDA-Rural Development for funding

    HILLSVILLE — Almost $86 million in federal funding from Rural Development is something to celebrate, but there was a blank where the money for Carroll County Public School's Phase III was expected to be.
    Carroll County officials declared Aug. 6 USDA-Rural Development Celebration Day, and they invited 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and Cheryl Cook, deputy undersecretary of USDA, to be the main speakers.

  • 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.