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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 3/17/14

    Editor’s note:
    We received a written response to a call that ran a few weeks back, titled “Name that tune.” It was from a caller who wanted to know who sang a song they heard on the radio. Here’s a response from the singer, Sandy David: “I was pleased to hear you enjoyed my latest single, ‘This One is Mine.’ You can hear it on Sundays on Dave Lammy’s program. God bless!”

    A right to speak

  • Not all land is created equal

    Carroll supervisors have a plan to help property owners turn their hard-to-reach or inaccessible land into cash.
    These ideas, called “Class C subdivisions” and “flag lots” that have entry through driveways known as “flag poles” are proposed modifications to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Class C subdivisions as proposed would be limited to five lots off a narrow, dead-end road.

  • HVAC at high school now operational

     

  • Animal advocates applaud fox penning ban

    RICHMOND — The General Assembly has voted to prohibit any new fox pens from opening up and phasing out the existing ones over the next 40 years.
    The practice of fox penning involves releasing an animal — usually foxes, but also coyotes — in a fenced-in space for dogs to chase. Laura Donahue, Virginia director for the Humane Society, said one of those fox pens is located in Carroll County.

  • Citizens split on subdivision changes

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials put off creating a new kind of subdivision for a month for further review, but proceeded with several other modifications to the subdivision ordinance after a public hearing at their March 10 meeting.
    Neither Carroll planning commission members nor the supervisors have come to a conclusion about allowing “flag lots” and “flag poles,” both designed to allow access and development of properties that do not front on a public road.

  • Galax plans for future school

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Galax City Public Schools has requested a conditional use permit from the city’s planning commission to allow for the potential construction of a new school in the future.
    The parcel of land in question is located adjacent to Kipling Lane, Moore Lane and John Street. It is under contract for purchase by the school system.

  • State legislators reach compromise on mental health

    RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers have reached a compromise on reforming mental health policies that satisfies the state senator whose personal tragedy inspired this round of revision to state psychiatric protocols.
    The negotiated deal extends emergency custody orders to 12 hours — the current maximum is six-hours — and requires state hospitals to take patients after eight hours if another bed isn’t found, Sen. Creigh Deeds said.

  • Grayson offering coyote bounty

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is getting ready to declare war on coyotes.
    A draft coyote ordinance has been provided to members of the board.
    Wilson District Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum said the large number of coyotes roaming the hills of the county was causing a big problem for farmers.

  • No room for unexpected expenses in school budget

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County schools budget is so tight for the next year that if electricity rates go up, or anything else unexpected happens, the district may not have enough money to cover it, according to Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship.
    Educators will ask for level funding from the Carroll supervisors, the superintendent said Tuesday at the first presentation of the proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget to the full school board.

  • Galax plans new aquatic center

    Galax’s parks and recreation department could have a brand new facility in the future, according to plans revealed at city council’s March 10 meeting.
    Parks and Rec Director Dave Nelson publicly announced plans for a new $3 million aquatic center on Monday. If implemented, the new layout will replace the current playground and outdoor pool located on the upper level of Felts Park on South Main Street.