Local News

  • Meeting to address Fries downtown grant

    FRIES — Fries citizens will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fries Bingo Hall to further  discuss concerns regarding a $1 million Community Development Block Grant.
    The grant, which was expected to fund façade improvements in downtown Fries, could be in jeopardy, citizens said.
    The public is invited to attend.

  • Carroll boy killed in tractor accident


  • County attorney addresses conflict, taxes

    HILLSVILLE — Two suggestions brought up by citizens at the Carroll supervisors meeting March 14 elicited quick responses from the county attorney.
    Debby Brady Goad expressed concerns about delinquent taxes not being collected and Mike Goldwasser asked the supervisors to consider getting the attorney general's office to provide an opinion about a perceived conflict of interest by a county official.
    During her time, Goad told the supervisors she noticed that Roanoke County had published its delinquent taxes list in the newspaper.

  • Bipartisan committee tackles redistricting

    RICHMOND — What would Virginia's General Assembly and congressional districts look like if they were drawn without any partisan political motives?
    What if they were made as compact and contiguous as possible and linked communities with common interests, with no regard for where incumbent officeholders live?

  • Town considers Sunday alcohol sales


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council could once again consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
    Citizen Kip Blevins addressed council during a public comment portion of the monthly meeting March 8. He noted that alcohol can be purchased on Sundays in other nearby localities and pointed out that the town is losing revenue from those sales.
    “This needs to be strongly looked at and strongly addressed,” Blevins said.

  • Speakers oppose Fancy Gap zoning plan


  • Griffith to attend chamber event

    INDEPENDENCE — 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) will be in Grayson County for a "meet and greet"with the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

    The event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Historic 1908 Courthouse, 107 E. Main St.

  • Warner holds town hall in Hillsville


  • Luck of the draw will decide terms

    HILLSVILLE — For those wondering which Carroll supervisors and school board members will be required to serve two-year terms after the November election, the Carroll Electoral Board has a suggestion.
    The electoral board members presented their ideas in a letter to County Administrator Gary Larrowe, who shared the letter with the county supervisors at their March 14 meeting.

  • Grayson finances improving


    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County’s finances are improving, so much so that the county is considering reducing its line of credit — and officials are praising citizens for the upswing.
    Treasurer Junior Young presented a financial collections and condition report to the Grayson Board of Supervisors on March 10.
    Young told the board that real estate collections in 2010-11 are $2.2 million ahead of collections for the same period in 2009-10.