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  • Final water agreement reached with Mount Airy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority officials treated Mount Airy, N.C.’s approval of a long-sought water agreement as an early Christmas present.
    During his project updates at the short meeting last Wednesday, County Administrator Gary Larrowe confirmed that the effort to work with the North Carolina city to supply Interstate 77’s Exit 1 with water has come to fruition.

  • Governor sets aside $14.3M to open prison

    In a budget amendment, Gov. Bob McDonnell calls for Grayson County prison to be open and at full capacity by January 2014.

  • Windmill ban could chill development

    HILLSVILLE — Language meant to prohibit wind turbines in Carroll may have the unintended consequence of chilling economic development, county officials discussed while considering a draft ordinance last Wednesday.
    An idea by EDP Renewables to study a wind farm on Stoots Mountain caused neighbors and other citizens some concerns, which were shared at several meetings with the Carroll Board of Supervisors.
    The wind farm could have as many as 24 turbines that reach nearly 500 feet tall.

  • Town, business cooperation encouraged

    HILLSVILLE — Little improvement projects and more cooperation between government and businesses could make a difference in Hillsville commerce, a hotelier and town officials discussed at Monday’s meeting.
    Businessman C.J. Patel returned to Hillsville Town Council to share more ideas after speaking about the need for more growth at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 during a November meeting.

  • Advocates push for tougher texting-while-driving law

    Safe driving advocates are steering a fresh push to make motorists put down the qwerty keyboard and focus on the road.
    And they’ve found allies in two policy makers who are near political polar opposites.
    Del. Ben Cline, a Rockbridge County Republican and prosecutor, has teamed with Del. Scott Surovell, a Fairfax County Democrat and defense lawyer, on a quest to toughen penalties for texting while driving.

  • Prison funds sought in state budget

    Virginia’s budget crunch could again mean no funding for a long-completed but still unopened prison in Grayson County, acknowledges the facility’s main proponent in the state Senate.
    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) has been lobbying for prison funding to be included in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget, and the senator feels certain that the governor is sympathetic to the idea.

  • Lions Clubs' vision for the future

    Eye-opening improvements have been made in vision screening technology over the years, and Twin County Lion’s Clubs see a need to upgrade their equipment.
    Obtaining the new digital technology made available by the Spot vision screening device means the clubs could move away from the “PhotoScreener” that uses Polaroid film and needs to take two pictures of the eyes.

  • Bill would change electoral voting in Va.

    After a few densely populated localities turned the whole state blue in the 2012 presidential election, a state senator has submitted a proposal to the General Assembly to revamp the way Virginia’s electoral college votes are awarded.
    Many of the rural areas of the state turned red as most voters there, including those in Southwest Virginia and the Twin County area, supported Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

  • Delegate to fight for training center

    RICHMOND — While Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-6th District) has heard that other legislators will file bills to protect the state’s training centers from closing, she plans draft her own legislation to help the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville.
    Crockett-Stark represents Carroll County, where the facility for mentally and developmentally disabled residents is scheduled to close in 2018.

  • Carroll IDA buys KDH buildings

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s Industrial Development Authority approved a motion to buy two former Kentucky Derby Hosiery buildings at its Monday meeting.
    International textile company Gildan, after buying Kentucky Derby Hosiery’s assets, closed many of its American plants, including those in Hillsville, by 2008.
    The last offer made by the Carroll IDA on the KDH buildings was $1.6 million, but the authority approved a purchase price of $1.2 million at Monday’s meeting.