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Local News

  • APCO: Power should be restored tonight

    Appalachian Power is reporting that power should be restored by tonight (Friday) to customers in Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties.

  • Hikers found safe at Grayson Highlands

    MOUNT ROGERS — A search party assembled at Grayson Highlands State Park on Friday morning following the disappearance of two unidentified hikers, according to a spokesperson from the Grayson County Sheriff's Department.

    The hikers were said to have been missing since Thursday.

    Rugby Fire and Rescue was dispatched to assist at the scene that morning

  • Livestock regulations corralled in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — If Carroll County needs a loose livestock ordinance, a citizen asked that it only target “habitual offenders.”
    Myra Leonard was one of six speakers who shared their reactions to Carroll County’s loose livestock proposal as written by County Attorney Jim Cornwell.
    The proposal would make it a misdemeanor for a person’s livestock or fowl — not companion animals — to leave their owner’s land and get onto someone else’s property or onto the roads.

  • Carroll races will be on November ballot

    HILLSVILLE — The first Carroll County election to be held after staggered terms go into effect will feature a race for the Fancy Gap school board seat and a contest for Pipers Gap supervisor.
    Two candidates with experience on the Carroll School Board will compete to represent the Fancy Gap District, according to information from the voter registrar’s office. Incumbent Joey Haynes will face former school board member Phillip Berrier in the fall election.
    School board races are non-partisan.

  • Gone with the wind: 'Tall structures' ordinance topples

    HILLSVILLE — County officials at their Monday meeting put the final nail in the coffin of a proposal that one Carroll supervisor called “a Trojan horse” intended to keep electricity-generating wind mills out of the locality.
    Not long after a company named EDP Renewables began researching Stoots Mountain for a wind farm, the supervisors directed the county attorney to come up with an ordinance controlling placement of tall structures on ridge tops.

  • APCo Storm/Outage Update

    Appalachian Power Storm Response Update
    June 13, 2013 -  5 p.m.

    WEATHER
    The widely predicted thunderstorms that traveled over Appalachian Power territory last night and  this morning caused only minor power outages.

  • Galax wins state award for clean drinking water

    The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water has presented the City of Galax Water Treatment Plant with a 2012 Excellence in Waterworks Operations Gold Award.
    This award indicates that the plant on Chestnut Creek has met goals for clarification and filtration in 2012.
    Mayor C.M. Mitchell presented the award to water plant workers Mike Brown and Jerry Russell at the June 10 meeting of Galax City Council.

  • Campbell wins primary, faces McGrady in fall

    Amid record low turnout on Tuesday, a few voters showed up at the polls to select a Republican candidate for the 6th District House of Delegates race and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.
    In a June 11 primary election for the House race, voters in the 6th District picked former Saltville mayor Jeffrey R. Campbell as the Republican nominee. Campbell received nearly 71 percent of the vote in the district’s three counties — Carroll, Smyth and Wythe.
    In Carroll, Campbell beat Weaver 210 to 44.

  • County must hire two new positions for gas project

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority will get involved in the county’s natural gas project by hiring two pipeline workers, authority members decided at their June meeting Monday.
    Officials such as County Administrator Gary Larrowe indicated that the requirements from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) stating that Carroll must hire these workers came late in the effort to supply carpet maker Mohawk with natural gas.

  • Fries looks at limiting animals per home

    FRIES — Grayson County’s animal control officer says limiting the number of pets per residence could solve many animal-related problems in the Town of Fries.
    A limit of three animals per household — similar to the City of Galax’s ordinance — could cut down on noise complaints, for example.
    At its May 7 meeting, Fries Town Council revisited revisions to an animal control ordinance that were made in April.