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Today's News

  • Carroll EMS explains billing policy change

    HILLSVILLE – According to a proposal approved in the October meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, non-county residents will be subject to a more aggressive billing method for use of EMS services.

    Currently, bills for EMS services in Carroll County have been following a “soft billing” approach. This means that patients are sent three bills and after the third bill, if payment is not received, those bills are written off and not pursued further for payment.

  • From 'galaxy far away' to Galax

    Chad Tate of Fries has used his artistic talents to bring a piece of “Star Wars” from a “galaxy far, far away” to Twin County Cinema III in Galax.

    Tate built a 7-foot-tall scale model of an Imperial AT-AT (All-Terrain Armored Transport) from the original “Star Wars” films to celebrate the opening of the seventh film in the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” which opens this week.

  • Mill site sale pending in Fries

    FRIES — The goal of seeing significant economic developments in Fries is now within sight of town officials, who with members of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) announced Wednesday that BRCEDA-owned properties in Fries, including the old cotton mill site, will soon be sold to a local buyer for development.

    The authority met with Fries Town Council on Wednesday morning to enter into a standard commercial agreement for all properties in Fries that are currently owned by BRCEDA.

  • Grayson installs new lights at recreation park

    INDEPENDENCE – On Dec. 1, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors completed the installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system for the two upper softball fields within the Grayson County Recreation Parks.
    According to a county news release, the new lighting system uses the latest energy efficient technology and is equipped with dark-sky shields, which helps to reduce light pollution and mitigates the park’s light radiance effects to neighbors.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/16/15

    Trucks coming through
    I know another accident that is going to happen on Spring Valley Road at Puppy Lane. The cars are sitting out on the highway, right next to the highway and log trucks will run you off the road when they come by there. I think it needs to be looked in to and patrolled more often.

    No safe place

  • Galax woman wins spot on 'Dr. Phil'

    An episode of the syndicated talk show “Dr. Phil” featuring a Galax woman is set to air today, Wednesday.

    Christy Adams won a contest to appear on the show, after donating to a cause that helps abuse victims.

    Adams, a West Virginia native, Galax resident and local author, describes the need to address and end domestic violence as “something that’s just really close to my heart.”

  • Carroll names Cannon interim administrator

    HILLSVILLE – Nikki Cannon has been named interim county administrator of Carroll County.

    Cannon, the assistant county administrator, was appointed to the post of interim administrator by the Carroll Board of Supervisors at the Dec. 14 meeting. Her responsibilities in this role will begin on Jan. 1 and she will serve until a new county administrator has been hired.

    Gary Larrowe, the current Carroll administrator, will be leaving the position Dec. 31 to serve as county administrator for Botetourt County.

  • Church invites public to Christmas lights display

    WOODLAWN – Blue Ridge Fellowship Church will host a Christmas celebration on Friday and Saturday in conjunction with its ongoing Christmas light display.

    The lights and Bethlehem Village are in their second year, but have grown significantly and the church hopes to continue to expand the display off Glendale Road in the future.

  • Parks benefit from state bond package

    Virginia state parks will soon see $140 million set aside for their repair, upkeep and new projects, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who announced this as part of a $2.43 billion bond package on Dec. 9.

    Among the parks expected to be helped by the funding are the New River Trail and Grayson Highlands.

    The package is mainly targeted at four-year higher learning institutions and community colleges, but some funds are intended for the parks.

  • Carroll grand jury issues indictments

    The grand jury met Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court and issued several indictments, including several drug charges, shoplifting, child abuse, indecent exposure and one case of stealing cattle.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Charges included:

    • William Grady Adkins, 20, of Ararat, eluding a law enforcement officer

    • Tiburcio Aguilar, 35, of Dublin, grand larceny of an automobile