Local News

  • Woodlawn residents breathing easier

     HILLSVILLE — Woodlawn smells better after work by the Carroll Public Service Authority to correct an odor problem there, a citizen reported at the PSA meeting last Thursday.

    Community resident Robin Whittington shared his take on the rotten egg odor that started after the Woodlawn sewer system came online this year.

    Whittington has been one of several citizens who brought the smell to the PSA's attention, but as of Nov. 11 he had gotten a whiff of improvement.

  • Project could address flooding

     A flood damage reduction program would help to prevent flooding of Chestnut Creek, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council last Monday. 

    About two years ago, city staff met with representatives of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, staff from Rep. Rick Boucher's office and the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to maintenance of Chestnut Creek. 

  • Citizens voice tax increase opposition

     INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County supervisors approved a tax increase last summer and residents continue to express their displeasure as they threaten to choose new leaders during the next election.

    Twelve residents spoke before the Board of Supervisors last Wednesday night and all had the same general comments — the 44 percent tax increase last summer is unacceptable.

    Many of the residents who spoke noted that, with the most recent reassessment and the 44 percent increase, their taxes effectively doubled.

  • Heating bills could cool this winter

     Energy costs and consumption forecasts for winter suggest residents of the region will fare better than some of their fellow Southerners.

    That’s according to the Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    It predicts energy consumption will drop in the South for all four fuels analyzed — electricity, heating oil, propane and natural gas — based on expectations of milder weather this winter than last.

  • Carroll tourism center could move

     HILLSVILLE — The Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitors Center may have to move out of its current location due to a proposed settlement in the AmerLink legal situation, but Carroll officials say they have an even better place in mind.

    The tourism department wouldn't have to move far under this plan — just from the complex of log home models, across from the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market, to the nearby Market Village shops.

  • Textbook voting in Carroll

     HILLSVILLE ― Voting with classes in session at Carroll schools proceeded in textbook fashion, county election board officials and educators agree.

    Hosting both students and voters in the building during the mid-term elections Tuesday reversed a long-standing tradition that schools take a holiday when the polls opened.

    "We wanted the voters not to be hampered in getting to the polls," said electoral board member Keith Meredith after the election.

  • Griffith wins 9th District in upset

    BRISTOL — Republican Morgan Griffith won a stunning victory in the 9th Congressional District on Tuesday, unseating 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) and accomplishing a task thought impossible just a few months ago.

    Griffith rode a wave of momentum, distaste for President Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a flood of outside money that helped level the playing field against Boucher's heftier campaign fundraising.

  • Griffith defeats Boucher in 9th District













    Candidate               Statewide*   Carroll**   Grayson     Galax

    Rick C. Boucher       46.45%       39.05%     41.76%   49.69%

  • On The Ballot

     There are no local races on Tuesday's ballot, but voters have a choice to make in the 9th Congressional District, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The three-way race pits Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon), who has held the office for 28 years, against state Del. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem), the state House Majority Leader and one of the most powerful Republicans in Virginia; and independent candidate Jeremiah Heaton, a country store owner from Damascus whose campaign is mostly self-funded.

  • Updated - Missing man found in Laurel Fork

     HILLSVILLE — The search for the missing Laurel Fork man ended today at noon, when he approached a house in eastern Carroll County, authorities say.Tom Funderburke of Misty Pine Lane walked up to a home on Little Valley Road just before noon, ending a search that covered parts of Carroll and Patrick counties for two days.
    Laurel Fork Rescue Squad was dispatched to the scene to check out Funderburke's condition.