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  • Carroll water project questions resurface

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) held a public comment period during its June 9 meeting, to give citizens an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns about the possible expenditure of project contingency funds for the Fancy Gap Water and Coon Ridge Water Projects.

    Two citizens who have questioned the PSA’s handling of water projects spoke, again voicing concerns about public notifications of meetings and a perceived lack of government transparency.

  • Truck wrecks on I-77, spills candy bars

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — State police responded to multiple tractor trailer accidents throughout the day along Interstate 77 on June 6.

    The first accident happened at approximately 2:55 p.m., on the interstate’s southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of Virginia 620 in Carroll County, according to a police report.

    Canute Forbes, 35, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was operating a 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer belonging to F&H Trucking of Pompano Beach when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

  • New DMV laws take effect July 1

    As a result of 2014 General Assembly action, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is advising customers of new laws that take effect July 1.

  • Community center project questioned

    INDEPENDENCE — The proposed funding of a community center project in the 2015 Grayson County budget was a controversial topic of discussion during the Board of Supervisors’ last two budget workshops.
    On June 4, Oldtown Supervisor Kenneth Belton directed attention to the Flatridge Community Center, for which the board has allocated $8,300 in its 2015 budget to support a roofing project. The board had also debated the funding at its budget meeting the week before.

  • Ballistic vests donated to Hillsville Police

    HILLSVILLE — The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office recently provided the Hillsville Police Department with 13 ballistic vests for Hillsville officers.

  • Supervisor wants piece of police fund

    HILLSVILLE — In hopes of finding a solution to Carroll County’s budget problems, Supervisor At-Large Sam Dixon suggested that they look into the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department funds for extra  money.
    Although he received opposition from the other members of the board at the June 9 meeting, Dixon believed that taking 15 percent of the sheriff’s department’s fines and forfeitures would be a good way to balance out the budget without further burdening the taxpayers.

  • Grayson reworks debt plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County narrowly missed its window to pay off some long-standing loans in a debt reduction plan, but there could still be some silver lining to the situation, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.
    “Good deeds don’t go unpunished, and unfortunately the debt reduction plan may be one of those deeds,” Sweet told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its final budget work session on June 4. “The plan was great, but the timeliness was off by about a month.”

  • Supervisors split on Woodlawn transfer to IDA

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to approve the transfer of Woodlawn School to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at the board’s June 9 meeting.
    Preceding the board’s vote was a public hearing. While no citizens came forward to speak, board members were vocal about both their support and opposition of the plan.
     “I really should have brought this up last month, but I have concerns about [the school] going to the IDA,” said Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick.

  • Council approves rezoning for Sheetz

    It appears that, after much anticipation, Galax will get a Sheetz.
    At Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, council voted to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive from Mobile Home Park (RMH) to General Business (B-2) so that Sheetz Inc. can move forward in building a convenience store at the location.
    All voted yes, except Dr. Robert Lazo, who was not present for the meeting.

  • Riverside wreck victim airlifted

    UPDATED: The Galax-Grayson EMS, Virginia State Police, Galax Fire Department and Grayson Sheriff's Office all responded to a one-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive in Grayson County at around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

    The vehicle's male driver was the sole victim involved, according to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson.