Local News

  • Supervisors cap school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE ― The Carroll supervisors want the Industrial Development Authority to stop looking for additional loans for school construction, according to a motion approved Monday.The motion by Supervisor David Hutchins came up as an item added to the agenda at the county board meeting.

  • Old Flat State Forest dedicated


  • Tax relief to increase for elderly, disabled


  • Animals For Adoption This Week


    These animals are waiting for homes at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter, at 201 Fair St. in Galax. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information,
    call 236-8501. Strays without collars are held five days before they are available for adoption. Strays with collars are held for 10 days. The owners of animals with tags are contacted immediately. Animals become available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Sidewalk project finally approved

    HILLSVILLE — Just getting the approval to go ahead with the long-awaited Grayson Street sidewalk project seemed reason enough for town officials to celebrate.
    Town Manager Larry South seemed ready to kick off the sidewalk effort immediately when he announced last month that the Virginia Department of Transportation will allow the project to move forward.
    “So, we’ll go down there somewhere, Ann [Largin], near your house and christen the sidewalk,” he said to the chairwoman of the planning commission.

  • Galax considers mandatory connections

    Galax City Council is considering implementing a mandatory water connection ordinance.
    City Manager Keith Barker and Edwin Ward, city engineer, have been looking at the impact of a proposed such an ordinance. At this point, the fee structure supports the overall water/sewer operations based on the production and usage, according to a report at council’s June meeting.
    There have been inquires in the past from some larger users about reverting to wells, which would increase the incremental costs to the city and possibly drive the need for a water rate increase.



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  • Fireworks rescheduled

    Independence has rescheduled its fireworks for Saturday at 10 p.m.

    The show was cancelled Monday night due to weather.

  • Carroll goes after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — More Carroll property owners have been convinced to catch up on what they owe in back taxes, the county attorney says.
    Jim Cornwell has been collecting delinquent taxes for the county, and he puts the amount in taxes, penalties and interest at $103,462.
    That number has risen from Cornwell’s report at the June 13 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    That figure does not include attorney or administration fees or other costs, he stressed. Those fees are covered by the taxpayer being billed.

  • New state laws in effect