Local News

  • Fries gets $1 million for downtown

    FRIES — The Fries Downtown Revitalization Project is among 24 projects in Virginia receiving a total of $12 million in funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
    The town will receive a grant of $1 million.

  • Water Authority told: Flouride bad for health

    A Sparta, N.C., man told members of the Va./N.C. Water Authority on June 10 that fluoride was listed as toxic in some studies and is harmful to your health.
    Tom Keepfer distributed information packets about the alleged hazards of fluoride. In some cases, he said, fluoride has led to deaths from poisoning.
    The Water Authority plans to use fluoride in the treatment of the water that will flow to customers from Sparta to Independence.

  • Grayson raises real estate tax levy

    INDEPENDENCE – To the displeasure of nearly a dozen citizens in attendance, the Grayson County board of supervisors approved a 44 percent increase in real estate taxes last Wednesday night after months of meetings and work sessions.
    Last week, the county administrator called the tax increase — part of a $20.5 million budget — “unavoidable,” as dozens of citizens turned out and spoke in protest of the change.

  • ARC co-chair visits Twin Counties

    The federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission visited the Crossroads Institute last week to hear the story of regional cooperation in the Twin Counties.

  • 'Save Green' expo a success

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite early misting rain and strong wind gusts, May 8 turned into a sunny day for the first "Save Green: Money & Energy" expo at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

  • Carnival to return after 2009 fiasco

    After suffering through one of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's most embarrassing and revenue-deficient years, Chief David Hankley says the agency plans to bring some changes to the annual July Fourth week carnival, slated for June 29-July 3.

  • Carroll keeps tax rates the same

    HILLSVILLE — The tax rates remain the same for Carroll taxpayers after the county supervisors approved the $72.5 million budget.
    That includes a $32.8 million budget for the general fund, plus the previously approved $39.6 million for the schools, according to information from county officials.
    Supervisor David Hutchins made the budget motion to adopt the tax rates and approve the budget.
    The supervisors approved the budget unanimously.

  • United Way agencies face deep cuts

    Twin County United Way, like so many charitable organizations nationally, has fallen victim to sharply reduced contributions as the regional economy continues to sputter.
    TCUW’s most recent fund-raising campaign, which ended March 31, fell more than 50 percent shy of its $215,000 goal due to losses in fundraisers, donors and the decline in jobs.
    As a result, the charity has had to reduce by 25 percent — or $20,000 — its funding to 26 Twin County community agencies it supports, and dipped into reserves to keep from having to make even deeper cuts.

  • Littrell objects to subdivision ordinance change

    HILLSVILLE — The June 14 vote on the proposed changes to Carroll's subdivision ordinance was unanimous, even though one supervisor voiced his personal objection to shrinking minimum lot sizes.
    Planning commission members and county supervisors had already tweaked the language of the ordinance — meant to control residential developments — once since making more sweeping changes last year.
    The supervisors considered another three revisions at its regular June meeting and held a public hearing before making their decision on this round.

  • Projects apply for state funding

    Three Twin County projects have applied to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for more than $3 million in funding to move the economic, education and community development efforts forward.
    Two of the applications originated with projects at the Crossroads Institute, including the now-familiar effort to develop the Wildwood Commerce Park at Interstate 77's Exit 19 in Carroll County.
    That application requests a grant of $2.5 million to further prepare the site for business and industry.