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  • Wildwood grant could help land major business

    RICHMOND — A grant of $6 million has been recommended for the Wildwood Commerce Park initiative in Carroll County, if the funds can help the Twin County region land a major business prospect.

  • TCRH to begin roofing project

    Twin County Regional Hospital will begin the first phase of its facility improvements as a part of the new Duke LifePoint affiliation, beginning with a roofing project. On Sept. 19, the emergency department patients and traffic will temporarily be routed to the main entrance of the hospital.  
    Hospital personnel will be on hand to offer assistance.
    In a press release, TCRH thanked everyone for their understanding and said the hospital "looks forward to future projects that will enhance patient care for the community."

  • Hillsville citizen raises rescue squad concerns

    HILLSVILLE  — Perceived poor paperwork practices by the disbanded Hillsville Rescue Squad has raised questions for one town citizen, and town council has finally set a deadline for the squad to move equipment out of its building.
    Nancy Beasley, speaker at the Sept. 10 Hillsville Town Council meeting, pointed to State Corporation Commission filings and guidestar.org, a review of charities for donors, as proof of laxness by representatives of the squad.

  • Carroll approves emergency water agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority officials are trying to find some common ground with Hillsville in a special water agreement.
    At its regular meeting Sept. 10, PSA members approved an agreement with blanks where prices should be, for use should the need arise.
    The matter came up as part of the authority’s approval items, which the members approved without discussion.

  • Fire destroys Independence home

    Firefighters believe blaze started from overheated dryer

  • Carroll dives in to pool study

    HILLSVILLE — In a move not on the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ agenda, the Fancy Gap representative suggested Monday that the county take a sudden plunge into the pool and water park issue.
    Supervisor Phil McCraw noted that several citizens have approached the county board to express their support for the enhanced recreational opportunities that a water park could bring for youth.
    This followed the creation of a Facebook group that has lobbied for the idea and, as a result, has attracted 2,168 friends so far.

  • 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.

  • Wreck flips van onto top