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  • Galax says clean up your own meth

    In recent years, the cost of cleaning up the dangerous chemicals left over at meth labs has trickled down to localities, but a proposed ordinance would instead pass costs to the individual responsible for the lab, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council.
    Jim Cornwell, city attorney, has recommended that council consider adopting the ordinance.
    While localities have been picking up the cost, the state passed new laws this year allowing a locality to pass these costs along to those convicted of operating a meth lab.

  • Senior Olympics deadline extended

     

  • Natural gas company steps aside

    A private company that sought to provide natural gas service to the Twin Counties has stepped aside as a Carroll County government-led project proceeds.
    Frontier Natural Gas had sought to fill the natural gas gap when Atmos Energy failed to provide service for years.
    Frontier had petitioned the State Corporation Commission to install a natural gas system in the Carroll County and Hillsville area, where there is an existing access port in the Patriot pipeline.

  • Hillsville a contender for printing company

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials say that Hillsville is one of two possible locations being considered by a nationally known screen printing company.
    If the company chooses to locate in Hillsville, it could mean a capital investment of between $1 and $2.5 million by the yet-unnamed entity, depending on whether it buys or leases the building, and the creation of up to 40 jobs, according to Mayor Greg Crowder.

  • Pool could help county's physical and financial health

    HILLSVILLE — It’s probably no coincidence that Pulaski County’s recreational park and pool has nationally known restaurants and a big box store that located nearby, a supporter of a new pool told Carroll County supervisors Monday evening.
    Those businesses in Dublin came along after the county created Randolph Park, noted Lisa Payne Delp. It’s likely that the pool and its 51,000 visitors led to growth and jobs in that locality.

  • Picnic and politics at annual event

    At an annual political event on Saturday, political candidates got an earful of mountain music and local issues.
    The somewhat ironically named Poor Man’s Dinner — it reflects the humble Southern fare on the menu, not the financial status of the attendees — is an annual tradition during Galax’s annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    Over 350 politicians from all over Virginia, political candidates and community leaders from attended the picnic in Felts Park on Saturday, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

  • Stuart man dies in Dugspur wreck

    UPDATE — The Virginia State Police have confirmed that alcohol was involved in this crash.

    DUGSPUR — A 24-year-old Stuart man died as the result of a single-vehicle crash on Dugspur Road Saturday.

    Virginia State Police have identified the man as Seth Alexander Hicks, according to a report from Trooper R.B. Phipps.

    The accident occurred at about 9:10 p.m. when the 1996 Ford F250 pickup that Hicks was driving ran off the road to the right.

    The pickup then crossed over the road to the left and struck a tree.

  • Grayson will wait to reassess property

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will delay its next reassessment to defer some of the costs, at a time when real estate values remain steady.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet spoke briefly about the recommendation during the board’s regular meeting Aug. 9.
    Sweet said supervisors did an exceptional job of deferring expenses during the 2012-13 budget preparation process.
    One of the by-products of the discussion of deferring costs is a plan to change the county’s reassessment schedule.

  • Body found in stolen vehicle on parkway

    A North Carolina man was found dead inside a car at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook on Aug. 3, the same day the vehicle was reported stolen.
    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department reports that a witness saw the car parked at the Sugarloaf Overlook, near parkway milepost 204, for several hours. The witness found that suspicious, and called police.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said that when deputies responded, they found the body of Michael Jackson Willard, 43, of Mount Airy, N.C., in the car.

  • COLD CASES: Investigator looks into unsolved crimes

    HILLSVILLE — Criminals always leave something behind at the scene, and it’s up to the police to find it.
    That’s been Hillsville Police Department’s Sgt. James Alderman philosophy over the years. If he takes his time at a crime scene and “walks the grid,” examining the place carefully, the town investigator can spot the essential clues.