Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.