Local News

  • Neff practiced law for 55 years in Galax

    Harvey Neff, a longtime attorney in the Galax area, passed away Feb. 15 at age 86.
    Neff, a native of Rural Retreat and veteran of the Merchant Marines and U.S. Army, started his law practice in Fries in 1949 after graduating from the University of Richmond. He later moved his office to Galax.
    Neff was a practicing attorney for 55 years and served two terms as Grayson commonwealth's attorney.

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  • Galax seeks funding for Albany Industries access road

    The City of Galax has applied for a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation to fund an access road to Albany Industries.
    Albany Industries is located at the former B.C. Vaughan manufacturing facility in Galax, which it moved into last fall.
    The funding, if received, would upgrade the truck entrance off of Creekview Road to a secondary road with entrances to the properties bordering the road. This project is estimated to cost $416,000 with all but $15,500 covered by VDOT.

  • Town council is a house divided


  • Carroll will try to tap natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Industrial Development Authority tapped a company to help it tap natural gas for a local industry retention project.
    IDA members, after a closed session Tuesday, made a series of motions, two of them dealing with the need to provide natural gas utilities locally.
    Authority members had advertised for proposals seeking engineering services for constructing and operating a natural gas service in Hillsville, after franchise holder Atmos Energy failed for years to set up a utility service.

  • Woodlawn man wins $2.5M from Va. Lottery


  • Hillsville agrees to buy new fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — Town council members blazed through five agenda items on Monday night that resulted in approval to buy a new — or gently used — fire truck and the sale of an old truck to a neighboring fire department.
    For nearly a year, the town and the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department have been working on obtaining a new piece of equipment to replace its outdated 1971 ladder truck.
    Last month, Hillsville Town Council voted to declare the old truck surplus property so it could be disposed of.

  • Hillsville council races taking shape

    HILLSVILLE — Interest in the Hillsville municipal elections is already starting to heat up.
    Still months away from the town contests, it looks like races for mayor and the Pipers Gap and Pine Creek wards are forming up.
    Local businessman Greg Crowder has submitted paperwork to run for mayor in the May elections, setting up a contest with the present mayor, Bill Tate, who has indicated he will seek a return to office.
    Both incumbent Orba Alderman and newcomer David Young have filed to run for the Pipers Gap seat.

  • Carter trail grant comes through

     HILLSVILLE — Steps to create the George Lafayette Carter Recreational Trail can begin soon, now that the state has funded a grant for $96,962 to make it happen.

    The Carroll County Public Schools recently learned of the grant award by letter from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation's Virginia Recreational Trails Program.