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  • PSA balks at fees

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Public Service Authority will dedicate a special meeting May 27 at 7 p.m. to discussing possible utility rate adjustments and new fees.

    Authority members had a follow-up discussion at their regular May meeting on Director Ray Hill’s idea to include new revenue-generating fees. All they decided was that they need to talk about the matter further.

  • Pedestrian struck, injured near parkway

    A pedestrian was injured in an accident May 25 on Virginia 945 in Carroll County, about a third of a mile north of its intersection with Virginia 608.

    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper S.M. Cochran identified the injured man as Warren Clyde Meredith from Fancy Gap.

    The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m., when Meredith was struck by a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Amy D. Cooper.

    No charges have been placed.

    No other information was available from the report.

  • Judge escapes DUI conviction

    A Wytheville judge accused of driving under the influence pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Smyth County General District Court to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville also pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was fined $100 and his license was suspended for one year, according to the court clerk’s office.

  • Alternative treatment might not be possible

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members wondered why — at a gathering to explore alternative wastewater treatment — they received an endorsement for conventional methods from their utilities director.

    It was a double-take moment last Wednesday when, after about four hours investigating alternatives to get sewer service to Interstate 77 interchanges, authority members heard Director Ray Hill say that a conventional wastewater treatment plant that discharges into a stream is still the best option.

  • Cell towers proposed for Galax

    U.S. Cellular plans to replace one telecommunications tower and install another within the Galax city limits by leasing space on the Galax Police Department’s firing range off Glendale Road and at the city's water tank compound on City View Drive, which would improve public safety communications.

  • Market Village gets go-ahead

    HILLSVILLE — With no active objections from its neighbors, the 9,000-square-foot Market Village will move ahead soon.

    Carroll representatives have attempted to contact one of those neighbors, AmerLink, about the new construction planned at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, but they have heard nothing back, County Administrator Gary Larrowe told members of the Industrial Development Authority, who control the property, at their May 5 meeting.

  • Rescue squad funding leads to squabble

    INDEPENDENCE — After the Town of Independence proposed cutting its annual $10,000 funding to Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad, town council voted May 13 to put the money back in the budget.

    During a budget session held April 15, the discussion arose that the squad only answered about 30 percent of its territory calls, according to council members Evelyn Hughes and Tom Maxwell.

    Both Maxwell and Hughes said they’ve received numerous complaints from citizens about the squad and its response times.

  • GHS drama students present 'Grease'

    Even though the school year is almost over and some graduating seniors will move on to concentrate on the real world, Galax High School drama students are gearing up for one last exciting performance.

    The GHS theatre department, along with Galax Parks & Recreation, will present the concert version of “Grease” this weekend at the Rex Theater.

    “What better way to end the year than with a fun show,” said B.J. Carroll, GHS drama teacher. “Fun is the byline for this show.”

    Carroll is also the show’s vocal director.

  • Bypass brings changes to Hillsville traffic

    HILLSVILLE — Early traffic reports along U.S. 58 at Hillsville on Labor Day weekend will tell motorists on the way to the massive flea market and gun show to expect delays.

    Because of the effect of U.S. 58 bypass construction on roads and traffic patterns, state and local officials have already started preparing for the large number of visitors that come to town for the summer event, police Chief Steve Williams told Hillsville Town Council members at their May 12 meeting.

  • Water line project needs to get started

    HILLSVILLE — In terms of the timing of building connector lines to a regional water plant in Austinville, Carroll Public Service Authority officials already feel they are “behind the 8 ball.”

    Chairman David Hutchins asked for an update on the process of the regional water project that’s being developed in conjunction with Wythe County and Wytheville, right at the start of the PSA’s May 12 meeting.

    Engineer Kevin Heath said two sets of water lines are involved.