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Today's News

  • Natural gas service closer to completion

    HILLSVILLE — A motion relating to the natural gas service line approved Feb. 4 by the Carroll Industrial Authority gives a hint to the new utility’s future.
    The IDA took action in 2012 to provide natural gas service to the Mohawk plant after years of inaction by private companies, and now the effort only lacks about 3,000 linear feet from making that connection.

  • Carroll's back taxes total $2 million

    HILLSVILLE  — Though a figure of $10 million in delinquent real estate taxes yet to be paid to Carroll County has been tossed around recently, the treasurer puts the actual amount at less than a fifth of that.
    Localities can go after taxes for 20 years before writing them off.
    During the last two decades, Carroll Treasurer Bonita Williams calculates that of the approximately $162.9 million in real estate taxes owed, the county has collected more than $160.9 million.

  • Officer Bobbitt watching over GES

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As Galax Elementary students flooded the hallways of the school on the way to their respective classrooms, a protective figure stood amongst them, keeping a safe watch.
    The school’s new student resource officer Fred Bobbitt offered friendly greetings to the students as they walked by, receiving toothy smiles and emphatic waves in return.
    “I’m willing to bet that you’ve gotten more hugs this week than you’ve ever had,” laughed Principal Brian Stuart.

  • Woodlawn man faces drug, firearm charges

    Galax police charged Matthew Shane Crouse, 22, of Woodlawn on Feb. 6 with violations of the Drug Control Act and weapons violations, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • Carroll schools want to step up security measures

    HILLSVILLE — County officials have mentioned concerns about safety in Carroll Public Schools in the wake of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., so what new measures are under consideration?
    School leaders have requested $4.45 million under the capital improvement project line item from the Carroll County supervisors for fiscal year 2013-2014.
    Most of that, if budgeted, would get earmarked for the replacing the aging heating and air conditioning system at Carroll County High School.

  • Redistricting scheme fails with House speaker's ruling

    RICHMOND — The Republican speaker of the House of Delegates quelled a partisan firestorm over a controversial Senate redistricting scheme last week, making a procedural ruling that killed the GOP-engineered plan without a vote.

  • General Assembly Update: Feb. 10

    Virginia petroleum dealers support gas tax increase
    As Virginia legislators struggle to agree on a fix for the state’s chronic transportation funding problems, a trade association for petroleum dealers is taking a stand in the debate.
    It wants the General Assembly to raise the gasoline tax.

  • Murder charge filed against suspect

    UPDATED FEB. 12 — The 30-year-old Woodlawn man and suspect in the Feb. 8 shooting case now faces charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm, according to the Carroll Sheriff's Department.

    Jesse James Owens was formally charged Tuesday after a Monday autopsy of the victim, according to sheriff's office personnel. Deputies expect to file an additional charge involving the attempt to hide the body.

    The autopsy revealed the cause of the victim's death was a shot to the head.

  • Buses can travel south on U.S. 52

    RICHMOND — State transportation officials have worked out a plan to allow Carroll County school buses to use southbound U.S. 52, without having to pass legislation to do it, according to Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark.

  • Carroll faces challenging budget year

    HILLSVILLE — Reduction in real estate values after reassessment and the resulting decrease in tax revenues will create challenges for Carroll County officials for fiscal year 2013-2014, they discussed at a budget committee meeting Tuesday.
    The recent reassessment reflected a drop in Carroll real estate values of nearly $277.7 million, County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted in the preliminary budget talks on Feb. 5. That could cause tax revenue to decrease as much as $1.65 million.