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  • Broadband initiative gets grant

    A federal grant of $99,540 will help the regional Wired Road Authority to establish high-speed wireless Internet service for 360 homes and businesses in Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency.

    The funding will allow the Wired Road Authority to provide high-speed Internet services to more customers.

  • Rio Grande coming to I-77 area

    HILLSVILLE — A new business, a Mexican steakhouse, will locate on land formerly owned by Carroll County near the U.S. 58 and Interstate 77 interchange, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority learned Monday.

    Developer Marshall Lineberry gave the IDA members an update on the shops at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market that he continues to build there, and he threw in the information about the new Rio Grande that will go in on the east side of the interstate.

  • Grayson adopts amended trash fee

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will pay $3 a week for trash beginning July 1, after the board of supervisors unanimously approved the addition to the Solid Waste Ordinance last Thursday night.

    The vote came a day after a public hearing on the proposed charge for trash collection.

  • Man pleads guilty to arson of own home

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old Woodlawn man accused of burning down his own home after a domestic dispute last September pleaded guilty to that and other charges in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Travis Ray Hall appeared in circuit court to answer for various charges before Judge Brett Geisler. Hall pleaded guilty to the arson — a fire started in piles of clothes in a couple of spots inside the mobile home, according to information from investigators.

    The home had major smoke and water damage, and it was thought to be a total loss.

  • Carroll rejects firefighter's reinstatement

    HILLSVILLE — A majority of membership of the Hillsville Fire Department were ready to give a volunteer a second chance, but Carroll County's administrator and the Emergency Services Board were not.

    County Administrator Gary Larrowe confirmed Friday that he administratively suspended Roger Hawthorne from being on county emergency service property or operating county equipment as of June 25.

    Following that action, the county's Emergency Services Board upheld Larrowe's decisions on such matters dating back to May 1.

  • Grayson schools will absorb cuts

    INDEPENDENCE — After weathering recent cuts in state funding, the Grayson County School Board weathered an additional $217,000 cut in its 2009-10 budget — all without losing any jobs or reducing employees' pay.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas reminded the school board during its regular meeting earlier this month that the county board of supervisors had only approved a contribution of $4.03 million to the school system.

    The board had originally asked for level funding, which would have been $4.6 million.

  • Federal funds get water flowing in Carroll

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even as Virginia's senators announced the $1 million grant to help build the regional water system last week, 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher made preparations to visit Carroll County for another infrastructure announcement.

    Both Carroll and federal officials invited people to the new announcement today, Monday, at the board of supervisors meeting room at the governmental center at 1 p.m.

  • Carroll gets $2.9 million for I-77 projects

    HILLSVILLE — The pot of $11.5 million coming from the federal government for Interstate 77 water and sewer projects increased by $2.88 million Monday after an announcement by 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher.

    The latest amount includes an additional grant of more than $1 million to aid in the regional water project at Exit 19 in Carroll County, as well as $1.8 million in a grant and loan to build a water and wastewater treatment system to service the planned Love's truck stop in Lambsburg at Exit 1.

  • Lambsburg road restriction passes supervisors

    HILLSVILLE — A language change has cleared the way for a traffic restriction on Lambsburg Mountain that won't hurt the locals.

    Carroll supervisors, at the behest of Virginia Department of Transportation's Bob Beasley and Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser, have been considering a road restriction that would keep tractor-trailers from getting stuck on the curviest section of Virginia 620.

  • Trash fee figures don't match

    INDEPENDENCE — While a decision looms on whether Grayson County will impose a new $3 weekly garbage fee on all its residents, the Town of Independence approved its 2009-10 budget on June 16 without accounting for any increase in the amount it pays the county to collect trash.

    Independence pays the county $36,000 a year for trash collection inside the town limits, but Grayson supervisors are expected to approve a mandated fee of $3 a week that all county residents — including those in the town limits — would have to pay.