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Today's News

  • Carroll will need time to balance budget

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County, which originally was facing a budget gap of more than $3 million, has reduced that to a $2.7 million deficit, according to Nikki Cannon, interim county administrator.

    The county budget, which was originally to be presented at the supervisors’ April meeting, has been pushed back a month due to the budget not being ready. The budget committee — comprised of Cannon; board chairman Joshua Hendrick and board member Rex Hill — has been working for several months on the 2016-17 spending plan.

  • Grayson plans Wall of Fame for athletes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County School officials are reaching out to surrounding school systems for ideas to revive and update the high school’s Sports Wall of Fame to include current and past athletes who deserve the spotlight.

  • Grayson supervisors approve campground changes

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has approved a request from the Rev. Laura George of Oracle Institute in Independence, concerning amendments to a special use permit for Amethyst Acres Campground.

    The amended permit will allow George to swap one of the two bath houses planned for the property with a dining pavilion.

    Planning and Community Development Director Elaine Holeton prefaced a special public hearing by stating that the change was reviewed Dec. 15, 2015, by the Grayson Planning Commission, which recommended approval.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Staff Reports

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Galax Social Services has information to help anyone who needs to know more about the subject, or suspects abuse or neglect.

    Under Virginia law, an abused or neglected child is any child under 18 whose parent, or any other person responsible for the care of the child, does any or all of the following:

  • Van overturns in crash

    Staff Report

    According to an accident report issued by the Galax Police Department, a three-vehicle crash on Tuesday at 9:03 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Mountain View Avenue. left no injuries but caused heavy damage to the vehicles.

    A 1999 Dodge Caravan, driven by Pebble Sue Hawks, 51, of Galax, was crossing 58 from Waugh Drive to Mountain View when Hawks failed to yield to a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Carol Jean Nichols, 58, of Galax, who was traveling west on 58.

  • Traffic pattern will change for U.S. 58 in Carroll

    A traffic pattern change for U.S. 58 in Carroll County is planned for Monday in the area of Big Reed Island Creek, weather permitting.

    The change is related to U.S. 58 improvements through Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    Westbound traffic will be placed on the newly constructed two lanes from 2.7 miles east of Big Reed Island Creek and then merge back to a single lane at Big Reed Island Creek.

  • Readers' Hotlline 4/20/16

    Trying to help
    I don’t know what is wrong with the person writing in saying Social Security is an entitlement. After all of us have been working 40-50 years and paying it in, that is not entitlement at all. We finally got a decent governor after we got rid of that crook and now the Republicans are trying to block everything good he is trying to help people with. He is trying to expand Medicaid and they are against that. I don’t understand why you want to throw off on Obama and our governor when they are trying to help people.

  • Public record for 4/20/16 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 Aug. 4-31 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Music center announces summer concert series

    Staff Report

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open its season on May 28, welcoming a weekly lineup of musicians to the venue for the 2016 Roots of American Music Concert Series. The season continues most Saturdays through September, and includes two fall heritage performances in October.

    The center at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway selects performers that carry on and interpret traditions of bluegrass, old-time, folk, gospel, Americana and country blues music.

  • Industrial vandalism case sent to grand jury

    Corey Dean Hodges’ case is set to go before a grand jury in Carroll County Circuit Court on June 20. Hodges is accused of vandalizing materials and equipment in the finishing tanks at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture’s Galax factory on Feb. 3, resulting in a weeklong plant shutdown and around a quarter million dollars in damage.