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Today's News

  • Hillsville approves cell tower

    HILLSVILLE — On a 4-1 vote, Hillsville Town Council on Monday approved U.S. Cellular’s request to build a cell phone tower that the company says will improve reception for customers.

    U.S. Cellular requested a special exception permit to construct a 120-foot tower with a 4-foot lighting rod on top at 258 Cherry Street, on property behind Barker Microfarads.

    The location is the same one where AT&T previously applied to have a tower placed; the town rejected that application.

  • Public record for 11/15/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in July in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Berrier files for recount

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County’s School Board election results for the Fancy Gap District are being challenged by candidate Phillip W. Berrier.

    Berrier has filed for a recount after incumbent Joey D. Haynes won the Nov. 7 election by a three-vote margin, with Berrier placing second in the four-way race.

    Gina Hall and Patricia Sebens also ran in the district race, but each garnered less than half of Berrier’s 498 votes. Haynes received 501.

  • Readers Hotline 11/13/17

    The referees’ fault
    I’m calling about the Grayson/Galax football game. I wouldn’t be hollering about winning when the refs are dirty doing their job. I saw our boys clothes-lined, which wasn’t called. I saw one boy get his helmet slung across the field, which wasn’t called. I saw one of Grayson’s boys jump on the sidelines on our boys, which wasn’t called. So, if you want to call that winning, I call that dirty myself. At least our boys know what sportsmanship is all about. Go Maroon Tide. You got it.

  • Cana Rescue renovations complete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – Renovations have been completed and the Cana station of Carroll County Fire Rescue is now in operation on U.S. 52.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) voted at its September meeting to borrow $250,000 to purchase the Cana Rescue Squad building and operate it as part of Carroll County Fire Rescue.

  • Church shooting renews interest in safety training

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The recent church shooting in Texas that claimed 26 innocent lives and injured several others has many church leaders concerned about their safety.

    To address those concerns, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced last week that his office will offer free safety training for churches throughout the county.

  • Citizens speak out on Galax projects

    Galax residents spoke out about widening sidewalks, fixing stormwater runoff problems and addressing flooding problems in the city’s “Bottom” neighborhood, at a public information session about the city’s proposed Virginia Department of Transportation-funded capital improvement projects.

    Galax City Council held the session at its Oct. 16 meeting.

    The city must formally apply for the money from VDOT, noted City Manager Keith Barker. He added that VDOT is changing from a one-year to two-year funding cycle.

  • Cana fire under investigation

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    CANA – A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a house in the Cana community in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the blaze.

    The Cana Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 1429 Bear Trail Road at 5:50 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found the one-story frame house engulfed by flames.

  • Officers risk their lives to protect community

    Police officer down.

    The entire community holds its breath when it reads or hears those words, hands clasped and heads bowed, in the fervent hope that its worst fears are not realized.

    In incident involving a Portsmouth officer shot five times in the line of duty las week should spur us to take a moment to consider the challenge of police work in this day and age, a vocation that routinely requires the risk of life and limb in service to the public.

  • All-Twin County team announced

    The inaugural all-Twin County volleyball team was announced this week, honoring the top players from Carroll County, Galax and Grayson County, as voted on by the three schools’ coaching staffs.