Local News

  • Carroll schools launch 'Neighbors In Need' campaign

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools want to help people in Pulaski suffering from the devastation caused by the April 8 tornadoes.
    The toll included the total destruction of 31 homes and damage to 267 others, with the damage cost estimate coming in at around $8.5 million.
    Carroll County Public Schools has detailed a bus on a special mission to collect supplies and deliver them to the community in need, according to school system officials. Donations from schools, individuals and groups within the community are welcome to aid the victims of the storm.

  • Reassessment has begun in city

    Real estate reassessment has begun in Galax, city council members learned at their April 11 meeting.
    The City of Galax and Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group will conduct the four-year reassessment of real estate.
    The in-field appraisers will have appropriate identification and their vehicles will have placards indicating they are appraisal officials, according to information presented to council.
    Their work may require a measuring of the buildings and structures as well as taking photographs of the property.

  • No tax hikes in budget proposal

    HILLSVILLE — Despite continuing trouble in the economy, Carroll’s 2012 budget proposes no real estate increase and a tax break for farmers.
    “We, like all other counties and cities in Virginia, face some tough economic times,” said Financial Director Pam Smith at the outset of the first public presentation of the county budget at the April 11 board of supervisors meeting.

  • Galax making city safer place to walk, bike


  • Hearing set for APCO rates

    The State Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing next month in Abingdon on Appalachian Power Co.’s four recent rate requests and will hold four additional hearings in Richmond later this year.
    APCo earlier this month filed requests that, if approved, would mean its residential electricity customers would see an increase of 9.6 percent in their monthly bills.

  • Fuel-saving myths debunked

    With ongoing increases at the gasoline pump, the cumulative effect of higher fuel prices is causing some drivers to change their habits and to seek ways to save money as they fill up.
    However, cash-strapped and stressed-out motorists should be leery of some fuel conservation and money saving tips that are being offered, advises the American Automobile Association.
    AAA Mid-Atlantic is seeking to debunk the latest myths and urban legends about saving fuel and money at the pump:

  • Census forces redrawing of Carroll election districts



  • No plan to ask county for police protection


    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has no plan to ask the Grayson Sheriff's Department to replace its police force with county deputies, as the department did recently in the Town of Fries.
    Town council members had a special meeting April 6 to discuss personnel and other business.

  • Va. child care laws rank 14th in U.S., despite 'D' grade

    Virginia’s score in a nationwide report on state laws regulating child care providers is a D — and that’s enough to rank it 14th in the country.
    The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies last month scored states on criteria such as licensing of child care centers and frequency of inspections.
    The Arlington-based nonprofit works to increase quality child care and concluded in its report that “most states do little to protect the health and safety of children in child care.”

  • Two more seek at-large Grayson seat