Local News

  • Firefighters receive grant for new equipment

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Volunteer Fire Department will receive $180,381 in federal funding to buy new air packs and turnout gear.

    The money is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

  • City to hold info meeting on new stormwater fee

    Staff Report

    A public information meeting regarding Galax’s new Stormwater Management Ordinance will be held on Sept. 26.

    City staff will provide general information on the program and the annual stormwater utility fee charge that will be included with Galax residents’ 2016 property tax invoices.

    Staff will also provide a short presentation on the program and development of the stormwater utility fee charge. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period for the public.

  • Grayson gets $700K for housing rehab

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has been awarded a $700,000 grant in support of the Eagle Bottom Housing Rehabilitation Project.

    The announcement came Sept. 16, in a notification on behalf of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, according to a news release from the county on Friday.

    The money will come in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Vaughan wants to carry on predecessor's school goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Philip Vaughan, interim at-large member of the Grayson County School Board, has filed as a candidate in a special election Nov. 8 for the remainder of the term, following the sudden death of Vaughan’s friend and former board member Tim “T.T.” Carico.

    Vaughan, a Fries native and graduate of the school system, was selected by the board in August to serve as the at-large member for the remainder of the year. The special election will determine who holds the spot for the next three years, beginning in 2017.

  • VDOT completes Laurel Fork section of U.S. 58 project

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — Another section of U.S. 58 has been completed in Southwest Virginia.

    Branch Highways said last week that it has finished widening an 8.2-mile segment that crosses Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties and moves the Commonwealth closer to completing the 36-mile corridor between Hillsville and Stuart.

  • Driver charged with manslaughter

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter following an accident that occurred in Carroll County in March. The crash resulted in the death of a woman from Meadows of Dan.

  • Traffic stop results in drug charge

    According to a Galax Police Department report, arrests last week included a Grayson County woman charged with a drug violation.

    Lori Jo Roten, 45, of Mouth of Wilson, was charged on Sept. 9 by Officer Darrin Alley for felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

  • Fries woman volunteers to raise money for playground

    FRIES — A Fries woman has volunteered to raise money for new playground equipment for the town park.

    Kim Mallory, a lifetime Fries resident, requested Fries Town Council’s permission to apply for grants and organize fundraisers to upgrade the existing playground’s equipment during council’s September meeting.

  • I-77 crash kills tractor-trailer driver

    HILLSVILLE – An accident on Interstate 77 involving four tractor-trailers claimed the life of a Florida man on Sept. 14. The accident occurred near the Poplar Camp exit in Carroll County.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, the accident was in the northbound lanes of I-77 at the 22.5 mile marker. Around 3:45 p.m., authorities were notified to the scene near the curve known locally as the “Tater Hole.”

  • Carroll to raise water rates

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Public Service Authority voted unanimously on Monday to allow proposed rate changes to water and sewer.

    The approved changes include a $4 per month increase to residential water rates and other changes to commercial and industrial water and sewer rates.

    During the authority’s regular September monthly meeting on Sept. 12, a public hearing on the proposed rate changes was held. Two citizens, Effie Thompson and Junior Vass, presented points to the board against the increase.