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  • Supervisor reverses decision on RV retreat

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Board of Supervisors member has rescinded a motion that he made in July to vacate a plat belonging to Fancy Gap resident who wanted to make changes to his RV retreat property.
    Property owner Stephen Gregson appeared at the Oct. 21 supervisors’ meeting to discuss the matter, noting that his attorney had begun a discussion with County Attorney Jim Cornwell about the matter.

  • Fire destroys Baywood home

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to a structure fire in Baywood on Monday evening.
    According to a report from Fire Chief David Hankley, the department heard the call to 1465 Cold Spring Lane at approximately 9:30 p.m. On arrival, firefighters found a single-story residence with fire consuming half of the building.

  • Forgery suspect sought

    Police are seeking information on a man wanted on charges of forgery and counterfeiting.

  • Grayson candidates face off at forum

    INDEPENDENCE — The Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence was the site of the final public forum for what could be a historically large candidate pool for the Nov. 5 general election in Grayson County.
    During the event, which was sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 13 of the 14 total candidates running for the offices of Grayson County Board of Supervisors, school board and treasurer made statements and answered questions anonymously submitted from citizens of the county, as well as questions from the audience.

  • PSA again denies project mishandling

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Debate over the Fancy Gap sewer project continued on Monday, when Fancy Gap citizen Stephen Gregson again challenged the Carroll County Public Service Authority and chairman Tom Littrell, claiming that the project was improperly bid and benefits a county official.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway reopens all visitor services

    Blue Ridge Parkway managers announced in a news release on Thursday that park operations are once again open and available to visitors. Visitors can access all facilities, campgrounds, and other public services that were open prior to October 1, when operations closed due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.

  • Carroll dams recovering from floods

    Two hydroelectric dams that faced a crisis during unusually wet weather in January still haven’t fully recovered almost 10 months later, according to Appalachian Power Co. officials.
    New River levels after that storm caused flooding and raised concerns about the integrity of the Byllesby and Buck dams and warnings went out for residents to be ready to take action in the case the dams failed at the time, particularly in Wythe County.

  • Former school board member challenges incumbent

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates who sought election to represent the Fancy Gap District on the Carroll County School Board two years ago will compete for the office again in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Incumbent Joey Haynes has been challenged by Phillip Berrier, the former school board member who lost to Haynes in a four-way race in 2011.
    Some of the campaigning has brought up decisions made in connection with the countywide school improvement program, particularly improvements at the high school and the grade structure at St. Paul School.

  • Suspects charged with multiple break-ins

    INDEPENDENCE — Investigators from Grayson and Carroll counties have arrested two suspects in a string of break-ins at churches in the Fries area and other incidents as far away as Michigan, according to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

  • Cassell seeks to retain Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — Incumbent Misty Cassell will face Fred Weatherman for the Elk Creek seat on the Grayson County School Board in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
    Cassell has served on the school board since 2006, acting as chairperson for two years. She works for Family Preservation Services as a therapeutic day treatment counselor at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Independence and serves as a Sunday school teacher in the elementary class.