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  • Hillsville bridge to be named for former mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Town and county officials will name a Howlett Street bridge in memory of an influential Hillsville mayor.
    Both Hillsville Town Council and the Carroll Board of Supervisors have approved resolutions to name the bridge over the U.S. 58 bypass the “Ivan M. Taylor Memorial Bridge.”

  • Runaway truck injures Hillsville man

    HILLSVILLE ― A 48-year-old Hillsville man was knocked down when the brakes on a 1988 Chevy pickup failed during recyclables collection Tuesday, according to police.
    Roger Leon Goad had been making the rounds on the collection route when he stopped to pick up items left outside a Cranberry Street home, according to Hillsville Police Department First Sgt. Robby Martin.

  • Utility fee could pay for stormwater work

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax officials are looking at options to fund the cost of a required stormwater program that will go into effect next summer.
    Galax City Council members discussed options for the program with City Manager Keith Barker and Carolyn Howard of Draper Aden Associates at their Nov. 12 meeting.

  • PSA appeals order to repay federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority officials say that the lack of an environmental report for the Joy Ranch Road sewer line led to Rural Development asking the county to return $266,000 in federal funding.
    The authority, after repaying the money, has appealed the federal agency’s ruling, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell told The Gazette. The appeal is still in process.

  • Pastor dies in hunting accident

    A 60-year-old Fries man died Nov. 16 while hunting in the Clito section of Grayson County.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Sam Kinzer, a local pastor, was hunting with his grandsons when he fell out of his tree stand on Saturday, the opening day of firearms hunting season.
    The Fries Volunteer Rescue Squad responded, but Kinzer died at the scene.
    Vaughan said Kinzer’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke on Monday for an autopsy to help determine the cause of death.

  • Wilson seat could be filled early

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors hope they have held their last meeting with a vacant seat this month after the passing of former chairman Mike Maynard this summer.
    Earlier this month, Republican Glen Rosenbaum beat out Democrat Kate Irwin for the vacant Wilson District seat.

  • Carroll pays back utility money

    RICHMOND — Rural Development has ordered Carroll County Public Service Authority to pay back $266,167 in federal utilities money that the agency says the PSA improperly used to install a sewer line to Joy Ranch Road.
    The authority, after repaying those dollars, has appealed the federal agency’s ruling, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell told The Gazette last Thursday. The appeal is still in process.

  • Supervisors recognize outgoing treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County Supervisors approved a resolution recognizing the service of retiring Treasurer Junior Young during their regular meeting on Nov. 14.
    The resolution recognized Young for his “exemplary service to Grayson County and the fine citizens herein.”
    It further stated that Young has served as Treasurer since 1979, for a total of 34 years. The board commended Young for his “lasting commitment and dedication to the county.”

  • Local Red Cross aiding Philippines

    The American Red Cross has dispatched telecommunications specialists with satellite equipment to the Philippines to help restore the connections from the island chain to the rest of the world after Super Typhoon Haiyan caused massive devastation there Nov. 8.

  • Blight epidemic spreading

    Over the past two years, a fungus that infects and deteriorates boxwood plants has rapidly spread to different localities in the state of Virginia.
    Although previous attempts to eradicate the boxwood blight from spreading to other plants have failed, experts are still attempting to curb the epidemic and are encouraging members of the community to help.
    On Nov. 7, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services [VDACS], along with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, held a meeting at the Virginia Department of Forestry office in Galax.