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  • War of words continues in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor-elect Greg Crowder continued to be a “polarizing agent,” in the words of one speaker, as evidenced by comments from citizens at Hillsville Town Council on Monday.
    At council’s June 11 meeting, supporters and opponents of Crowder — and, to a lesser extent, council member-elect David Young — exchanged often volatile words and accusations. Other speakers either backed or condemned Town Manager Larry South and Police Chief Steve Williams.

  • Inspectors can go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — Nehemiah Engineering has the permission of Rural Development to go back to work inspecting the Fancy Gap water and sewer construction projects.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority discussed the issue at a special meeting Monday in which they also approved the budget for fiscal year 2013.
    Rural Development found that Nehemiah had a conflict due to Joshua Hendrick being employed by the firm while also serving as an elected Carroll supervisor, representing the Laurel Fork District.

  • John Vaughan, business and civic leader, passes away

    UPDATED 6/28/12: Furniture executive, former Galax mayor and community leader John B. Vaughan passed away on Monday at age 81.
    Born into the Vaughan Furniture dynasty, John Vaughan served 45 years with the Galax-based company and was involved in all facets of the business.
    Vaughan dedicated his business life to the company his father, Taylor G. Vaughan, founded in 1923, and committed his private life to serving his community, family and church.

  • Traffic stops keep sheriff's department going

    HILLSVILLE — Highway safety enforcement by Carroll deputies isn’t popular with motorists who get tickets out of it, but the fines generated provided a financial relief to the taxpayers.
    The financial windfall is a byproduct of trying to make Interstate 77 through Carroll County safer, but the revenues from the fines have proven popular enough with politicians.
    State officials tried to garnish a percentage of traffic enforcement in the budget process for fiscal year 2013.

  • Fireworks will go boom in June

    Galax’s Fourth of July fireworks will be held one night only — just not on July 4 as in past years.
    This year, fireworks will be held at 11 p.m. in Felts Park on Saturday, June 30, instead of July 4 as a result of scheduling conflicts and new state regulations.
    Each year, thousands of spectators gather in or near Felts Park on July 4 to watch fireworks fired off by Galax Volunteer Fire Department members.

  • CVS robbers arrested

    Brian Richard Sloppy, 32, of New Millport, Pa., and Renee Sue Lucas, 22, of Follansbee, W.Va., were arrested and charged on Sunday in connection with a robbery at CVS Pharmacy in Galax.
    Galax police were notified at about 3 p.m. on Sunday that an armed suspect, identified as Sloppy, entered the drug store on East Stuart Drive and gave a pharmacy technician a note that demanded Schedule II narcotics.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said that, although Lucas did not enter CVS, she was involved in planning the robbery. He could not comment further on her involvement.

  • Fire destroys home in Lambsburg

    LAMBSBURG — A Lambsburg family was not home when a fire totally consumed their residence early Friday morning, according to Carroll County emergency officials.
    A neighbor called 911 at 2:29 a.m. Friday to report the home at 2717 Lambsburg Road was completely engulfed in flames, according to Richard Sowers, chief of Cana Fire Department.
    The first Cana firefighters arrived on scene within five minutes, confirming the intensity of the blaze.

  • I-77 blasting to begin in Carroll

    Rolling roadblocks will be used Monday and Tuesday on Interstate 77 in Carroll County between mile markers two and four while blasting is underway to remove rocks from a slope.
    To accommodate the July 4 holiday traffic, adjustments have been made to the work schedule.
    Roadblocks will be used in the northbound and southbound lanes Monday-Tuesday so that crews can conduct two blasts in the area.
    The first rolling roadblock begins at 8:30 a.m. The second will be used after traffic from the earlier blast has cleared — around 10:30 a.m.

  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • $10 fee for late-paid decals begins July 1

    A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee if customers renew their vehicle registration decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles after they expire.
    “Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”
    Customers are encouraged to renew decals at www.dmvNOW.com or via telephone at 1-888-337-4782.