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Today's News

  • Vanguard announces 200 jobs in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Vanguard Furniture on Tuesday morning announced the opening of a new upholstery factory in Carroll County.

    A news release from Vanguard said operations will begin in August and the company anticipates more than 200 people will be employed when the operation in the Carroll County Industrial Park is fully functional.

  • Grant will let Grayson add more trails

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County will use federal funding to make significant enhancements to its recreational park after supervisors unanimously approved a resolution authorizing application for grant money last week.

    At the July 10 meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet presented the board with a resolution authorizing the county to seek assistance from the Recreational Trails Programs of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the construction of recreational trails and trail related facilities.

  • Carroll IDA chairman Richard Slate dies

    HILLSVILLE — Richard Slate Sr. of Hillsville — a World War II veteran, chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and an active member of the community — passed away on July 12 at age 92.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/14/14

    Vacated
    I have a question for Mayor Crowder and the Town of Hillsville. Why did Greg Bolen get two more weeks of vacation when he resigned, when he has already used his vacation for this year and several years to come?
    Editor’s Note: Town officials confirmed the day after he resigned that Bolen had saved up a little over two weeks of vacation time. This is not an uncommon practice, since vacation time usually must be either taken or reimbursed if it isn’t used. No more calls on this matter, please.

  • U.S. 58 project included in governor's funding package

    Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last month that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved funding on the development of significant projects that will improve safety and traffic flow in the Salem region.

    The projects are part of the Six-Year Improvement Program, which allocates $13.1 billion to transportation improvements statewide over the next six years. The funding was available July 1.

    Included in the list of projects funds is nearly $670,000 for planning U.S. 58 Corridor Development projects.

  • 10 years later, patients still discovering free clinic

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, opened in 2004, is still alive and kicking, though coordinator Latonia Marshall wishes more people knew that.

    “We still to this day have people tell us they didn’t know we were here,” said Marshall.

    In fact, the clinic has been around for about 10 years, founded by Dr. Robert Pryor of Carilion Internal Medicine, Marshall said.

  • Vandalism suspects charged

    Galax police investigated property damage at three locations that occurred the night of July 11.

    The athletic track and a stop sign at Galax High School, the tennis courts at the Galax Recreation Center, and the skate park on South Main Street were vandalized with spray paint.

    Officer Chris Hines investigated and has charged a single adult and will be seeking juvenile petitions on two Carroll County youths resulting from the investigation.

  • Carroll officials plan economic development announcement

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and several guests will share an economic development announcement at the Carroll County Governmental Complex on Tuesday.
    According to a press release, the announcement will take place in the board of supervisors meeting room on the second floor at 10 a.m.
    County officials gave no hint as to what the announcement might involve.

  • Grayson authorities discover stockpile of illegal drugs, prescription pills

    ELK CREEK — Grayson County authorities arrested two men last week, after finding stockpiles of illegal substances, including methamphetamine, at an Elk Creek home.

    According to the police report, Grayson County Deputy Eric Testerman encountered a suspicious individual at Clark Hill Service Station on U.S. 21 North on July 9.

    Testerman identified the subject as Adam James Woods, 28, of Troutdale. “Woods appeared very nervous, so Testerman asked him for consent to search his backpack and Woods agreed,” said the report.

  • 'Factory Man' a tale of furniture exec's fight

    By RALPH BERRIER JR.
    Copyright 2014, The Roanoke Times
    Reprinted with permission

    Growing up in the blue-collar town of Urbana, Ohio, Beth Macy knew lots of factory men and women.
    Her mother soldered lights in an airplane factory and watched other people’s kids while the parents worked manufacturing jobs. This was back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one could feed and clothe a family on factory wages and could afford to send children to college with a little financial aid from Uncle Sam.