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  • Hillsville flushes plans for utility rate hike

    HILLSVILLE — An expected water and sewer rate increase has gone down the drain as Hillsville officials prepare the fiscal year 2013 budget.
    Town Manager Larry South said that Hillsville also will hold the line on taxes for its proposed $2.94 million general fund in the fiscal year starting July 1.
    “It is a pleasure to present a proposed budget with ‘no’ fee or tax increase,” South wrote in the town’s budget proposal.

  • County requests opinion on conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — A Rural Development official has gotten involved in the question of whether there’s a conflict of interest in the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, leading the Carroll Public Service Authority to request an opinion from the commonwealth’s attorney on the matter.
    The authority held a special meeting Wednesday evening from about 5:15 p.m. until about 6:55 p.m., with all but about five minutes in closed session.

  • Medical merger could be good for city's financial health

     

  • Fire destroys apartment, outbuilding

    Brett Anauo of Galax was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for smoke inhalation after his apartment, located above a garage, caught fire on Monday morning.
    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded at 5 a.m. to the fire at 601 Givens St. in Galax.
    Anauo said he woke up and the room was on fire.
    Galax Fire Chief David Hankley believes the fire, which caused significant damage, was electrical and may have started from an extension chord.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Child abuse and neglect is the cause of more than 1,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and, in Virginia, every 84 minutes a child is abused or neglected.
    During 2011, there were 29,619 children reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in the state.
    These reports were recorded by local Departments of Social Services for investigation or family assessments.
    The state reports show that:

  • Carroll PSA targets inspectors with conflict policy

    HILLSVILLE ― A Carroll Public Service Authority conflict of interest policy for contractors in general lasted less than one month before a proposal was made to narrow it to apply to the PSA's construction inspectors.

  • Council candidates face off in forum

     

  • Grayson board approves Sunday alcohol sales by 3-2 vote

     

  • Virginia collected $101 million from speeding tickets

    Virginia collected more than $101 million in revenue from highway speeding infractions during 2010, according to a new analysis by AAA.
    All told, Virginia brought in $238 million in traffic fines during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. The citations were issued by Virginia State Police and local police departments.
    The “Ordinances and Funding of Courts” report prepared by the Virginia auditor of public accounts provides a rare glimpse into monies generated by traffic citations.

  • Supervisors air concerns over wind farm discussion

    HILLSVILLE — Now that it’s generally known that an alternative energy company is interested in having a wind farm in the county, Carroll officials will research potential ordinances on regulating mountain ridge development.
    In the discussion at the Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, there was tension between board members about talking in open session about a topic that had previously come up in closed session.
    Supervisor Bob Martin had asked his fellow county officials to put windmills on the agenda for the April meeting.