Local News

  • Final Va. 620 objection comes too late

    HILLSVILLE — After hearing repeated objections about a “four-lane to nowhere” in front of the Wildwood Commerce Park, one as recently as last Monday, Carroll County supervisors endorsed the Coulson Church Road/Virginia 620 widening project.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell included about $2.4 million for the project in his six-year road proposal in May, as part of a statewide initiative to speed up construction projects by issuing bonds.

  • Leaving pet in hot car is now a crime

    A new city ordinance makes it a crime to leave an animal in a hot car without ventilation.
    Galax City Council on Monday held a public hearing on and approved a new ordinance pertaining to pets being left in vehicles. Animal control has responded to several calls recently, from citizens concerned about dogs left alone in parked cars at local stores.
    Temperatures have been in the 80s for several weeks and on Tuesday reached the low 90s.

  • School board, supervisors work through issues

    HILLSVILLE — Amid calls for cooperation and working toward a more positive future, Carroll supervisors and school board members talked through several of their differences relating to Phase III construction matters in a joint meeting Wednesday evening.

  • N.C. water could supply southern Carroll


  • City approves commercial waste hauler

    Galax City Council has begun approving solid waste haulers to take over the city’s commercial Dumpster service,
    The new ordinance to the city code was approved at council’s May 23 meeting. The city will issue permits to qualified, insured and bonded private waste haulers to provide commercial Dumpster and commercial hand-pickup services within the city limits.
    To verify that waste haulers have some oversight, a permit process will verify that companies have proper insurance, equipment and drivers to provide the service.

  • County's increased involvement in school matters called 'counterproductive'


  • Carroll to hire clerk of the works

    HILLSVILLE — Approval for hiring a clerk of the works to watch over the school construction projects came from the Carroll Board of Supervisors July 11.
    Supervisor David Hutchins broached the idea at the county board’s regular July meeting after an update on revisions to the construction planning at the high and intermediate schools by Carroll Schools Superintendent Greg Smith.
    Hutchins wondered if Smith thought a clerk of the works would help reduce costs and help facilitate construction.

  • Animals For Adoption This Week


    These animals are waiting for homes at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter, at 201 Fair St. in Galax.

    Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 236-8501.

    Strays without collars are held five days before they are available for adoption.

    Strays with collars are held for 10 days. The owners of animals with tags are contacted immediately.

    Animals become available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Coupons returning to The Gazette


  • Supervisors cap school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE ― The Carroll supervisors want the Industrial Development Authority to stop looking for additional loans for school construction, according to a motion approved Monday.The motion by Supervisor David Hutchins came up as an item added to the agenda at the county board meeting.