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Local News

  • Company pays EPA for acid cleanup

    ROANOKE — The federal government is recovering $150,000 of the $500,000 it spent cleaning up hundreds of acid-filled drums from a property in Carroll County in 2009.

  • City will fund social services

    Galax City Council has unanimously approved a motion for the city to fund Galax Social Services for the next month, by the end of which hopefully the state will have come to an agreement on a budget.
    Galax Social Services Director Susan Clark addressed council on the matter at its May 27 meeting. She said her department has a June 1-May 31 budget cycle, meaning there will be one month without funding, before the state budget — if there is one — kicks in July 1.

  • Carroll to hold hearings June 9

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will conduct four public hearings at its June 9 meeting.
    The hearings include:
    • The supervisors will accept public comments concerning the transfer of Woodlawn School to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
    The Carroll County School Board closed Woodlawn School in 2013 and transferred the building and grounds to the supervisors.  The supervisors have previously sought public input as to potential uses of the facility; however no definite plans have been made.

  • Police arrest three in meth lab bust

    HILLSVILLE ― Virginia State Police have charged three people in connection with a meth lab on Coon Ridge Road in Carroll County.

  • Independence has positive financial forecast

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is in better financial shape than it’s been in some time, according to town council members and its town manager during a recent public hearing on its 2014-15 budget.
    No citizens attended the hearing, but council member Jason Cassell began a discussion by asking Town Manager Jerry Hughes how he felt about the budget for the coming fiscal year.
    “From the town manager’s standpoint, are we in pretty decent shape financially?” he asked Hughes.
    Hughes promptly answered, “Yes.”

  • $20,000 in stolen items recovered

    ENNICE, N.C. — A North Carolina couple has been arrested and charged with a series of thefts at Walmart and Magic Mart in Galax and Lowe’s in Carroll County.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, the thefts occurred between February and May 29.

    Officer Terry Woods and Sgt. Shawny Jones were dispatched to the Galax Walmart after police received a complaint that the couple was suspected of shoplifting merchandise.

  • Officials discuss state of economy

    Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones told a gathering of local leaders economic development officials last week that, while the U.S. as a whole has generated more jobs than were lost in the recession, Virginia has yet to recoup its losses in employment.

    Jones was keynote speaker at the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority’s annual Regional Economic Development Briefing on May 29 at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.

    Representatives of regional businesses and local elected officials attended the event.

  • Two fugitives arrested in Brush Creek

    Grayson and Carroll County deputies have captured two wanted fugitives, according to a report from the Grayson County Sheriff's office on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Court clerk's office audit finds problems

    HILLSVILLE — A state audit of the Carroll County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office has turned up numerous issues that could reportedly lead to the loss of revenues, assets or compromise fiscal accountability.

    The audit showed that incorrectly classified, disbursed or miscoded funds totaled $250,000.

    The 10-page audit report is a public record that can be read online at www.apa.virginia.gov, and it includes a detailed response from Court Clerk Carolyn H. Honeycutt in regards to the findings.

  • Grayson gets more roads on VDOT plan

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Transportation received a bump in funding for several road projects in Grayson County for 2015, according to Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell.