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  • Ordinance to prohibit wind farms in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A promise of increased tax revenue from a wind farm on Stoots Mountain did not sway the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to accept an EDP Renewables project.
    Instead, the supervisors at their regular September meeting on Monday gave their attorney until January to draft an ordinance prohibiting such developments in Carroll.
    This comes after the county board formed a windmill committee consisting of supervisors Josh Hendrick and Bob Martin to study the matter, and after the county hosted a public hearing Aug. 13.

  • Galax teen recovering from severe burns

    Hannah Swiger, a 13-year-old student and athlete at GHS, was burned in an explosion on Sept. 9.

  • Independence holds special meeting

    By PATRICK SMITH
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council held a special meeting Sept. 4 to officially vote to hire Jerry Hughes as the new town manager.
    Ronald Sexton, Buddy Halsey, Cecil Adams and Tom Maxwell were the four councilmen present to make the majority vote. Maxwell made the motion to hire Hughes and Adams seconded.

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  • Hillsville picks six finalists for town manager

    HILLSVILLE — Town council members held a special meeting Sept. 4 to select the interviewees for the vacant town manager’s position.
    Hillsville has received 40 applications for the post, according to town officials. Larry South resigned from the position in June after 18 years.
    At the special meeting, council members selected six candidates to interview for the job, Mayor Greg Crowder said.

  • Animal control officer suspended

    INDEPENDENCE — Glenn Richardson, the animal control officer for Grayson County, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
    Grayson Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the suspension was a “personnel matter” and he could not comment on the case.
    Sweet said an investigation is continuing and no other details are available.

  • Senior Olympics begin Friday

    HILLSVILLE — The Twin County Senior Olympics has attracted 50 competitors to the field.
    The games for those over age 50 will be held this Friday and Saturday.
    While organizers hoped for at least 75 participants, 50 still seems like a healthy start for the first-ever event, said Dennis Ward.

  • Officers working to disband Hillsville Rescue

    HILLSVILLE — HIllsville Rescue Squad does still exist in a way, but those involved are working to terminate its status as a corporation, according to a long-time member and officer.
    Local officials shut down the volunteer agency years ago when a member inappropriately used an ambulance to move furniture.
    The organization lingered on as hopes to revive the rescue squad remained, said Larry South, who will serve as an officer until the organization’s final demise.

  • Caregiver charged with taking money from elderly

    Hillsville Police say a North Carolina woman was forging checks from those she cared for.

  • Crossroads promotes life-long learning

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Crossroads Institute Higher Education Center begins its first session of Life @ The Crossroads on Tuesday with Tom Barr, owner of Barr’s Fiddle Shop.
    In Barr’s session, titled “History of a Fiddlin Place – Barr’s Fiddle Shop and More,” he will talk about his extensive involvement with the local bluegrass music scene, including his contributions to the Blue Ridge Music Center, the Rex Theater and the opening of his own store, Barr’s Fiddle Shop, in downtown Galax.