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  • Carroll supervisors pass budget

    HILLSVILLE — With action to adopt the budget at the May 13 meeting, Carroll supervisors cemented the fiscal year 2014 real estate tax rate at 68 cents.
    The supervisors quickly adopted two budget-related motions proposed by the two elected officials on the county budget committee at that meeting.
    Supervisor Phil McCraw made a motion to approve the approximately $39.12 million general county budget, which was approved. Including the $39.6 million funding for schools, the total Carroll budget comes in at about $78.8 million.

  • Local relief on the way to Oklahoma

    Firefighters are joining with a local church and a Galax industry to collect and deliver much-needed supplies to victims of deadly tornados in Oklahoma.
    This week, pastor Michael Morris, announced that Cornerstone Church in Galax was joining with the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and God’s Pit Crew to collect supplies on Saturday. They will be at Walmart in Galax starting at 8 a.m.
    The local Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross also is collecting monetary donations from the community to help with disaster relief.

  • Local pastors planning prison ministry

    INDEPENDENCE ― A meeting is planned for June 6 to discuss plans to open a prison ministry at the new River North Correctional Center in Independence.
    According to reports, neither the Virginia Department of Corrections nor Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia has funds to place a chaplain at the prison.
    The Rev. Terri Gregory, pastor of the Independence United Methodist Church, said plans are to organize a “River North Ministry Council” made up of ministers and laypeople in the surrounding counties of Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Grayson County balances budget

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County has managed to close the deficit in next year’s budget without a tax increase, dipping into its reserve account or affecting any core services.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the board’s two favorite words last week when he told supervisors there was a “balanced budget.”
    Though the supervisors began budget talks facing a potential $1.4 million shortfall between requested expenditures and projected revenues, the county staff able to close that gap.

  • What's the buzz on cicadas?

    BLACKSBURG — While certain areas of Virginia are abuzz with the sound of cicadas, the Twin Counties will stay relatively quiet on that front.
    The arrival of the 17-year wave of the noisy and colorful cicadas — different than the annual summer brood of insects — has been much dreaded, but Virginia Tech Entomologist Eric Day says that Twin County residents shouldn’t have to stuff too much cotton in their ears to block the buzzing.

  • VDOT paves way for road work

    HILLSVILLE — The new state transportation funding model has paved the way for two Carroll roads to be added to the secondary six year plan to receive improvements, the county supervisors learned at their Monday meeting.
    The Virginia Department of Transportation’s Dan Huff shared the news that changes made to construction funding during this year’s legislative session generated just $15,000 to improve unpaved roads in 2013, but that amount will continue increasing over time.

  • Company still looking at Wildwood

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Last year, the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) requested help from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to attract a potential business to Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The tobacco commission had offered BRCEDA a $6 million grant to help with the development of Wildwood, contingent upon the unnamed prospect agreeing to locate in the commerce park, located at the Exit 19 intersection of Interstate 77 and Virginia 620 in Carroll County.

  • 6th District candidates emerging

    Two candidates are now vying for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Del. Annie B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) in the November election.
    Rural Retreat businessman and farmer Jack Weaver is the latest to announce a bid for the 6th District Virginia House of Delegates seat. Jeff Campbell, the former mayor of Saltville, already is seeking the party’s nomination.

  • Carroll water projects advance

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County water projects advanced, at least on paper, as the Public Service Authority approved financing documents Monday.
    County officials made headway on the Coon Ridge water project, approving the process of awarding the contract to the lowest bidder, contingent on federal funding agency Rural Development signing off as well, according to PSA documentation.
    Authority members also adopted the loan resolution required to pay for a water system installation at Interstate 77’s Exit 1 at Lambsburg.

  • Mother missing, but not forgotten

    While investigators from two states try to get information out of the last person known to have seen a missing mother of four, well-wishers on Sunday kept a social media page dedicated to Desia Rae George lit up with Mother’s Day wishes.
    On Sunday alone, there were 26 posts to the “Find Desia Rae George” page on Facebook, not counting other thoughts and prayers not specific to the holiday.