Local News

  • Carroll PSA to seek damages

    HILLSVILLE — After a contractor held up completion of the Airport Road water project for four months, the Carroll Public Service Authority will seek liquidated damages.

    The project is now largely completed, except for a road bore to the east side of Interstate 77. PSA Director Ray Hill said that valves for the rest of the project — mostly residential areas — could have been turned on earlier.

    The company that built the water storage tank, Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems, came in late and then the tank leaked and had to be fixed, Hill told the authority.

  • Court date set for Padgett

    INDEPENDENCE — A court date has been set for the former president of the Galax Elementary Student-Teacher-Parent Organization who was charged last year with embezzlement.

    Terri Lynn Padgett of Hillsville faces 14 felony charges and 12 misdemeanor charges of embezzlement in Grayson County and will appear in court April 3. She was indicted on charges in April 2007.

  • Payne accused of bond violations

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old woman charged in connection with a November 2007 fatal double shooting in Fancy Gap was back in the New River Valley Regional Jail on Wednesday, after being accused of violating the terms of her bond.

    A Nov. 13 shooting at 268 Frog Spur Road left George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, dead — each from a shotgun wound to the head.

    Clinton Eric Burke, 21, of Hillsville faces two murder charges and two counts of using a firearm in the incident.

  • Town to check legality of aircraft ban

    INDEPENDENCE — A draft of an ordinance that would regulate low-flying aircraft over any land in the Town of Independence was presented to town council Jan. 8.

    The town is considering the ordinance as an alternative to banning the aerial spraying of pesticides, which has raised some health concerns.

    Town Attorney Roger Brooks said he is continuing to pursue information from the Pesticide Control Board to determine the legality of the ordinance.

  • Carroll land values hit $2.6 million

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County added about $757,000 in land value between assessments, bringing the total of taxable real estate up to almost $2.6 billion, according to information from the assessor’s office.

    Assessor Janie Harrison reported the preliminary figures to the Carroll supervisors at their meeting Jan. 14 in an update on the county’s first in-house reassessment.

    She expected the values to change somewhat once appeals hearings take place.

  • Suspects toss pot during chase, crash on I-77

    WYTHEVILLE — Virginia State Police say that a passenger in a fleeing car on Interstate 77 heaved bags of marijuana out of the vehicle while attempting to escape Wednesday afternoon.

    The chase involving the Chevy Trailblazer that started near mile marker 31 on I-77 ended with a crash at the 16 mile marker in Carroll County, according to state police Sgt. Mike Conroy.

    The incident started at about 1:53 p.m. when a trooper stopped the 2002 Trailblazer for an equipment violation.

  • Stewarts Creek Ruritan forming

    LAMBSBURG — Southern Carroll County residents will celebrate the creation of the new Stewarts Creek Ruritan Club Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lambsburg Rescue Squad Building.

    About 15 Ruritan members from Lambsburg, along with about as many new recruits, split off from an existing club to form their own, said Vice President Martin Shatley. The new club wanted to focus on more community projects.

    Stewarts Creek’s charter will remain open until March 5, meaning that other residents can join as charter members.

  • Water concerns grow as county wells run dry

    HILLSVILLE — When the water table is being depleted, what are large subdivisions going to do for a supply in the future, a Virginia Health Department official asked the new Carroll Public Service Authority at its inaugural meeting Monday.

    Greg Gibson, who works for the health department on wells and septic systems for new construction, said water even in deep wells has been ebbing.

    In his 37 years with the health department, he’s seen a lot of growth and around 20,000 water and sewer systems as a part of the growth.

  • Haga convicted on sexual battery charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A jury has recommended that a man charged with sodomy and animate object sexual penetration of a child under age 13 and two counts each of indecent liberties with a child in September 2005 should serve 20 years in prison.

    Ralph Haga was found guilty on five counts of aggravated sexual battery on Jan. 11, after a three-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Vaught said the trial started Jan. 9 with jury selection. The process took about three hours and the court broke for lunch before opening arguments began.

  • Galax revamps tourism Web site

    Coinciding with Galax’s downtown revitalization project, the city is improving not just buildings, but also other aspects, like its upgraded Galax tourism Web site and online events calendar.

    The rebuilt site has been up and running since Jan. 4.