Local News

  • Vaught to resign as town manager


    INDEPENDENCE — Town Manager Kenneth Vaught resigned his position last week in a letter to Independence Town Council.
    After the regular meeting May 8, town council members went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.
    After a half-hour session, council returned to regular session and Council Member Buddy Halsey made the motion to accept Vaught's resignation, which council approved on a unanimous vote.

  • Hillsville hears opposition to employee contracts, Bottle House purchase

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville resident launched a preemptive strike Monday night against two issues that were rumored to be under consideration by town council — the purchase of local landmark the Bottle House and a change to the town code that would place the town manager and police chief on contracts, rather than serving at the pleasure of council.
    Nancy Beasley’s objections came before any formal discussion of either issue.

  • Hendrick resigns from job after conflict ruling

    UPDATED 5/17/12, 11:45 A.M. — Carroll County Public Service Authority decided in an early morning meeting Thursday to send Rural Development a letter to find out whether the resignation of Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick from Nehemiah Engineering will satisfy the federal agency's concerns about a conflict of interest on Fancy Gap water and sewer inspections. The PSA also adopted a new conflict of interest policy this morning, which applies to construction inspectors.

  • Rural post offices spared

    The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service announced a new strategy that could keep the nation’s smallest post offices open for business, yet reduce the number of hours they are open.
    The plan provides a framework to achieve significant cost savings as part of the plan to return the organization to financial stability.
    Existing post offices would continue to operate, but some would have modified retail window hours to match customer use.

  • Judge rules in favor of training center families

    RICHMOND — Family members with loved ones at state training centers scheduled to close will be heard in federal court before Judge John Gibney Jr., after an order issued May 9.
    Several family members, including Loretta Evans of Galax, filed a motion on behalf of their loved ones in the case being heard by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • Home Delivery: Donated house arrives at destination


  • Wind energy questions addressed


  • Grayson registar charged with embezzlement


  • Recovery Fest seeks to heal mind, body, spirit

    A resource fair to be held Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Felts Park not only provides recovery for those struggling with addiction, but also recovery for the whole community.
    It brings community resources together to help those in need, said Mike Edwards, organizer of Recovery Fest.
    Edwards operates SOBER House, a home for recovering addicts.
    Edwards said Recovery Fest is an opportunity to build the community — mind, body and spirit.

  • McGrady pushes for land-use taxation

    HILLSVILLE  — A town resident wants Hillsville to implement land-use valuation for agricultural lands, just like Carroll County did back in 2003.
    Mary McGrady asked the Hillsville Town Council to implement land-use assessment at the April 23 meeting.
    She pointed out that the General Assembly in the 1970s initiated legislation to allow localities to assess land under agriculture, horticulture, forest and open space at its use value, rather than its real estate market value.