Local News

  • Hope House needs help to continue homeless ministry

    Hope House of the Good Shepherd Inc., a shelter and recovery center in Galax, serves the critical needs of the homeless and hurting.
    Hope House offers five-day emergency housing, as well as a longer term transitional housing program for residents who participate in the Life Plan Recovery Program. This ministry addresses all aspects of recovery and loss in a holistic approach dealing with the mind, body, spirit and soul.

  • State police to investigate conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s commonwealth’s attorney has asked the Virginia State Police to investigate the question of a possible conflict of interest on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, according to the Public Service Authority chairman.
    Carroll PSA officials created a broad conflict of interest policy in March that applied to contractors and construction inspectors, but then repealed that rule this month and introduced a narrower proposal that applied to the inspectors.

  • No money for prison, but governor pledges support


  • Leftover VDOT money will pay for 58 paving in Galax

    Galax is planning to use savings from the Glendale Road project to make improvements to U.S. 58, from just west of downtown to the western city limits, City Manager Keith Barker told Galax City Council on Monday.
    The city had planned to spend more than $3 million in Virginia Department of Transportation money to make improvements to the Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive intersection near Subway restaurant, but instead spent $1.2 million after reducing the scale of the project, which wrapped up last year.

  • Grayson budget gap shrinking

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson’s fiscal health appears to be improving, as the county supervisors found themselves only $287,000 away from a balanced budget during their initial budget work session for next year’s budget.
    While $287,000 is by no means easy to find, the county has faced much larger gaps between their projected revenues and expenditures in the initial stages of past budgets.

  • Lackey challenges Terry for Pine Creek seat

  • Learn how to help the bluebirds


    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia Bluebird Society coordinators for Carroll and Grayson counties will give a presentation about helping monitor and support the local bluebird numbers.

    Dale and Linda Kerns will give a presentation at the Carroll County Public Library about helping the colorful birds recover from dwindling numbers, including setting out bluebird boxes to give them places to raise their young.

  • Cell tower approved for Grayson


  • Hillsville flushes plans for utility rate hike

    HILLSVILLE — An expected water and sewer rate increase has gone down the drain as Hillsville officials prepare the fiscal year 2013 budget.
    Town Manager Larry South said that Hillsville also will hold the line on taxes for its proposed $2.94 million general fund in the fiscal year starting July 1.
    “It is a pleasure to present a proposed budget with ‘no’ fee or tax increase,” South wrote in the town’s budget proposal.

  • County requests opinion on conflict question

    HILLSVILLE — A Rural Development official has gotten involved in the question of whether there’s a conflict of interest in the Fancy Gap water and sewer project, leading the Carroll Public Service Authority to request an opinion from the commonwealth’s attorney on the matter.
    The authority held a special meeting Wednesday evening from about 5:15 p.m. until about 6:55 p.m., with all but about five minutes in closed session.