Local News

  • Utility rates could rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — When they might otherwise have still been in bed last Saturday morning, five Carroll Public Service Authority members voted to hold separate public hearings in the future on taking a piece of land for the regional water project and raising rates.

    Authority members held a special breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. to consider these topics at Countryside Restaurant, as Gary Larrowe, county administrator and PSA executive director, explained the situations that the Carroll public utilities arm faces.

  • Police bag counterfeit goods at Hillsville flea market

    HILLSVILLE — Shoppers who found incredibly good deals on Gucci bags in the first few hours of the Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show on Friday may well have gone home with a counterfeit, according to the Virginia State Police.

  • Rec roof bids raise questions

    FRIES — Bids to put a new roof on the Town of Fries' Recreation Center may have to be re-advertised after coming in with major discrepancies.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed updated town council on the process during its regular meeting Tuesday, noting that bids were accepted earlier that week.

    Reed said the bids were "all over the place," and that there appeared to be a "major discrepancy" in the amounts.

    Five bids were received, with amounts having a difference of more than $200,000.

  • Mural, sign or graphic?

    It's big, it's yellow and it's controversial, but what, exactly, is the large painting on the side of the Jeff Matthews Museum in Galax?

    The city's planning commission set out to determine that on Tuesday and found that the answer, like the painting, is a work in progress.

    Doris Carpenter, who lives across the street from the museum, has disputed the mural from the beginning, calling the painting's wide yellow stripe “unsightly.”

    Others have come to its defense, saying it brings needed attention to the city's museum of local history.

  • Man charged with malicious wounding

    INDEPENDENCE — One man is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond after a fight broke out in the early hours Aug. 30.

    Lt. Tim Sawyer of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department said deputies were called a residence at 152 Logger's Lane in Independence around 1:32 a.m.

    A female caller advised that there was a fight in progress. Upon arrival, deputies Adam Horton, Justin Haga, Billy Johnson and Virginia State Trooper Cameron Keesling found that there had been a dispute between Edgar Mendietta Gil, 36, and Julio Balderas, 20.

  • Fries joins enterprise zone project

    FRIES — The Town of Fries passed a resolution in support of an application by Grayson County to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed brought the resolution to council during its regular meeting Sept. 1 and briefly explained what the county hopes to do.

    Reed noted that the state accepts applications every five to six years for the program and that very few spots were open in this year's application period.

  • Grants keep Fries water flowing

    FRIES — Grants and federal stimulus funds are keeping the water and sewer systems in Fries flowing after the town received an additional $124,450 last month.

    During its regular meeting Sept. 1, Town Manager Brian Reed gave council the good news that Fries was awarded two grants from the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission — $74,450 for wastewater improvements and $50,000 for water system improvements.

    The grants are from the planning district's Southwest Virginia Regional Water/Wastewater Construction Fund.

  • County to collect trash in Fries

    FRIES — Grayson County Public Works collected an additional 261 households on its garbage routes last week after Fries Town Council voted to terminate an agreement with Waste Industries in favor of the county.

    After meeting with Grayson Assistant County Administrator Mitch Smith and Public Works Director Jonathan Luper in closed session during its regular meeting Sept. 1, council voted unanimously to make the switch to Grayson collection.

  • Grant to pay for Grayson water system

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents won't have to foot the entire bill for the Grant community water extension project that will serve the new Grayson Highlands School near Volney.

    Congressman Rick Boucher and U.S. senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced last week that Grayson County would receive $1.057 million to construct the new system.

    The funding is a result of the economic recovery act approved by Congress and will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Agency.

  • CVS fire under investigation

    A fire that started in a plastic trash container outside of CVS in Galax on Sept. 3 caused moderate damage to the building, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The fire department responded to the call at about 10:30 p.m. after a passerby saw the fire in the trash can.

    Hankley said the fire spread up to the facade, and smoke extended into the store. He is unsure of how the fire started, but the fire is being investigated.

    CVS reopened the next day.