Local News

  • Galax city manager to resign

    Galax City Manager Keith Holland announced Tuesday morning that he has decided to resign, effective Oct. 2.

    Holland informed City Council that he will be seeking other career opportunities.

    He had been employed as city manager since March 2007. Prior to coming to Galax, Holland served as town manager of Rocky Mount for nine years and has been employed in public administration since 1990 in various capacities of management.

    Holland holds a master of city management degree from East Tennessee State University.

  • Enterprise zone effort advances

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will move forward with its plan to apply for acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program after both the board of supervisors and Independence Town Council passed resolutions in support last week.

    The program — which was established by the General Assembly in 1982 — is a partnership between state and local governments in which both parties seek to improve economic conditions within a targeted area of distress.

  • Carroll PSA: finish sewer project PDQ

    HILLSVILLE — Parts of the Woodlawn sewer project should have reached substantial completion in July, but they didn't, and that's making some Carroll County officials unhappy.

    David Hutchins of the Carroll County Public Service Authority mentioned at Monday's regular meeting that the members believe it's imperative that the project wrap up as soon as possible.

    "Our schedule for the Woodlawn sewer project is woefully in arrears," he said. "This is becoming a grave concern, not only to this board, but to the board of supervisors."

  • City broke own rules with painting

    Galax City Council on Monday suggested that the Jeff Matthews Museum board, mural artists David and Brigette Payseur, city staff and adjoining property owners all meet to see if a compromise can be reached for a design, size and color scheme for a large mural on the city-owned Jeff Matthews Museum.

    Council wants the group to bring back a suggestion for members to consider in an effort to make the big yellow painting comply with zoning codes.

  • Carroll schools meet state testing benchmarks

    HILLSVILLE — An accreditation report for Carroll County schools shows that the division once again made "10 for 10" under state test score standards, but missed the mark set by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

    Director of School Improvement Beverly Parker rapidly summarized 18 pages of reports for the Virginia Standards of Learning and federal No Child Left Behind testing results at the Carroll School Board regular meeting on Sept. 8.

  • Parkdale to take over Hanes plant in Galax

    Hanesbrands Inc. will stop making its own yarn in a move that will close one plant and two warehouses in North Carolina.

    Hanesbrands has agreed to sell most of its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale, a yarn maker based in Gastonia, N.C., that will supply a substantial amount of Hanesbrands’ yarn needs.

    The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter and would result in Parkdale operating three of the four Hanesbrands yarn production plants.

  • Agro-tech center gains support

    INDEPENDENCE — What began as a committee to bring a fairground to Grayson County has now shifted its focus to bringing the county an Agro-Tech Center instead.

    The venue would host events such as cattle and horse shows, farmers' markets, craft and art shows and more.

    Members of the newly named Agro-Tech Center Committee updated the board of supervisors on their progress Sept. 10 and gained support for funding of a feasibility study.

  • Carroll seeks bids for regional water system

    HILLSVILLE ee* Carroll County's ambitious water distribution project has one more step to complete before construction can begin.

    The Public Service Authority recently sought bids for more than 100,000 linear feet of water lines, two pump stations and a large water storage tank.

    The project will connect existing water systems on Virginia 620, Airport Road and Virginia 100 to the operational water plant in Austinville, which is already producing water for Wythe County and Wytheville, Carroll's regional partners.

  • Oakland named 'Blue Ribbon School'

    WASHINGTON, D.C. ee* Oakland Elementary has become the second school ever in Carroll County to earn recognition as a "Blue Ribbon School" from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Oakland was one of 13 schools in Virginia to receive the designation, announced Sept. 15 by Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education.

    The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors those schools that show academic excellence or that demonstrates impressive gains in student achievement to above-average levels.

  • PSA okays property condemnations

    HILLSVILLE ee* The Carroll County Public Service Authority, after a public hearing Sept. 14, has cleared the way for condemnation actions on the ongoing regional water project, as well as many utility projects planned for the future.

    While county officials have said the goal was to acquire the right to cross a small piece of property needed for the regional water project, the authority included that and many more projects in its public hearing for the acquisition of real estate and easements through purchase or eminent domain.