Local News

  • IDA co-signs loan on Fancy Gap utilities

    HILLSVILLE — For the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects, the Carroll Public Service Authority has enlisted a co-signer for federal loans — the Industrial Development Authority.
    Carroll officials received word in 2009 of more than $8 million in loans and grants to pay for the utility work in Fancy Gap.
    The funds for Fancy Gap will pay for construction of 13 miles of wastewater lines to serve 65 homes and businesses, 13 miles of water lines to connect to 190 homes and businesses and a 200,000 gallon storage tank.

  • Redrawing Va.'s political lines — what does it mean?

    Every 10 years, state legislators redraw the boundaries for state House, Senate and congressional districts in Virginia to take into account population shifts revealed by the U.S. Census.
    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that political districts should have roughly equal populations so voters have the same amount of influence no matter where they live — a principle known as “one person, one vote.”

  • Redistricting plans meet resistance


  • Grayson hires finance director

    INDEPENDENCE — Leesa Gayheart has been named Grayson County’s first finance director, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet announced on March 29.
    Gayheart, a Grayson resident, is well-known in the area, working in administration at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department since December 1996. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant for Grayson County Public Schools.

  • Town water customers could get soaked

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville’s town manager is apologizing to customers for increases in water and sewer rates recommended in the 2012 budget.
    Larry South indicated that he wished it were otherwise, but Hillsville needs to make rate adjustments in light of the facts.

  • Facing addiction as a community

    A new program to the area will help strengthen the community’s ability to respond to physical and financial impacts of substance abuse and addiction, as it aims to recruit volunteers to provide intervention services.

  • Two seek nomination to run in Grayson


    INDEPENDENCE — Two Republicans announced during a party meeting March 1 that they will seek nomination to run for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    John Brewer will seek the party’s nomination to run for the Providence district seat. David Sexton will seek the party’s nomination to run for the at-large seat.

  • Redistricting plans would redraw boundaries


  • Carroll could hold others accountable for failed AmerLink deal

    HILLSVILLE — After hearing the final bankruptcy settlement with AmerLink has been approved, one Carroll supervisor asked about a “statute of limitations” in dealing with others who may have been involved.
    The log home manufacturer was supposed to have created 200 jobs and built a saw mill in the industrial park as part of an economic development deal, but failed to meet those terms.

  • 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.