Local News

  • New state laws in effect

    New state laws governing abortion, handgun purchases and drunken driving take effect July 1 — the products of an active and often controversial General Assembly session that saw Republicans flex their legislative muscle in Richmond.
    No proposed law stirred as much controversy as the one that will require women to submit to a mandatory ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. The issue triggered protests at the state Capitol and drew national media attention.

  • Town wins grant for market, sidewalks


  • Thousands powerless after weekend storms

    UPDATED 7/3/12: Appalachian Power Co. crews and contractors worked hard to restore power to Twin County customers on Tuesday, but some homes were expected to be without power until Friday.
    APCo’s president, Charles Patton, said the long waits for power restoration can be attributed to the size of the storm and the availability of help from contractors.
    Charles Patton toured the company’s Virginia and West Virginia coverage areas on Monday.

  • Wind farm plans still up in the air

    HILLSVILLE — As an alternative energy company considers locating a wind farm on Stoots Mountain, the Carroll supervisors appointed a committee to study the issue for the county.
    Supervisor Joshua Hendrick reported to fellow supervisors at a recent meeting that he had already been talking to the state secretary of natural resources about wind energy and related issues.
    From that, Hendrick learned about a model ordinance for utility-scale wind energy projects created by the Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Ground broken for U.S. 58 expansion

    LAUREL FORK — Two superhighway-related projects will remain in Carroll County after completion of the 8.2-mile widening of U.S. 58 from Laurel Fork to Meadows of Dan, which state and local officials and Branch Highways ceremonially broke ground on Tuesday.

  • Council working to keep training center open

    HILLSVILLE — Thousands of signatures opposing the closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center are on their way to Richmond, collected by the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) throughout the Twin Counties.
    Charlotte Barkley placed the petitions with 5,367 signatures into the hands of Israel O’Quinn, General Assembly delegate representing the 5th District, to take back and share with other state officials.

  • A night of tearful departures in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Amid the continuing turmoil of a changing of the guard in Hillsville government, there were some heartfelt moments as four town leaders served at their final council meeting on Monday night.
    Mayor Bill Tate and Council Member Orba Alderman were defeated in May’s election and their terms end June 30, after 14 years in office.

  • 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.