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  • 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.

  • Carroll plans for worst case scenario

    The clock is ticking… and yet the Commonwealth still hasn’t passed a state budget. Localities have moved past being antsy about the situation at this point, and with less than a month to go before the state passes their deadline, local governments are scrambling to come up with a plan B.
    David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll County supervisors, called a special meeting on June 2 so that the board and other county officials could discuss implications of moving into the summer months with no state budget.

  • 3 charged in connection with meth lab

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police have charged three people in connection with a meth lab on Coon Ridge Road in Carroll County.
    The department received a tip about suspicious purchases related to the manufacturing of meth, and obtained a search warrant for 1347 Coon Ridge Road after midnight on May 28, according to state police Sgt. M.T. Conroy.