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Today's News

  • Birding trail plan ruffles some feathers

    FRIES — Fries Town Council held a longer monthly meeting than usual on Nov. 6, mostly due to a prolonged and passionate discussion about a proposed birding trail.
    At issue is whether the town can use a grant, which was awarded to rebuild the old Fries train depot, for developing the trail.
    The depot project has been in development for a decade, but has never come to fruition.

  • Carroll PSA accepts conflict ruling

    HILLSVILLE — After Virginia’s attorney general found no conflict of interest in the case of a Carroll supervisor working for an engineering firm employed by the county, the Carroll Public Service Authority has accepted the ruling as it applies to the Fancy Gap water and sewer project.

  • Live ammo makes fighting vehicle fire dangerous

    HILLSVILLE ― Firefighters had to keep their distance from a vehicle fire at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
    The Ford Explorer had live ammunition inside.
    The vehicle’s driver pulled off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 and into the parking lot at Hickory Hills Shopping Center when he smelled smoke coming from the Explorer, according to Andy Utt, a lieutenant with the Hillsville Fire Department.
    The driver saw that fire and smoke was concentrated in the center of the dash. Therefore, the fire was thought to be electrical in origin.

  • Council to pitch in with cost of veterans memorial

    During their Nov. 12 meeting, Galax City Council members pledged to donate $7,000 to the newly constructed Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.
    Council’s idea of making a donation to the memorial originated at the Oct. 8 meeting, when Council Member Margo Crouse made a motion to sponsor the memorial. At that time, council discussed the possibility of making a donation, but they ultimately decided to postpone a decision until the Nov. 12 meeting.

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  • Galax vehicle break-ins investigated

    The Galax Police Department is investigating reports of several vehicles that were entered Sunday night in the West Galax area — including one belonging to a police officer.
    According to Chief Rick Clark, small items such as GPS units, game systems and hand-held electronics have been taken, along with cash and some items of clothing.
    There were 28 incidents reported as of Tuesday afternoon, Clark said. None of the vehicles were locked.

  • County could expand spay and neuter assistance

    HILLSVILLE — Twin County Humane Society members asked Carroll County to help control pet overpopulation with a program like ones already in place in Hillsville and Galax.
    While Hillsville has received a $70,000 PetSmart grant to spay and neuter companion animals, humane society representative Betty Sutton asked the Carroll Board of Supervisors for something more like Galax’s program.
    Galax commits funds in its budget to help citizens spay and neuter their pets, she explained.

  • Films and farms could benefit Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — If only Carroll County could get a screen test of its own, maybe it could attract motion picture companies to film here, said a board of supervisors member at the November meeting.
    Supervisor Tom Littrell recently participated in the shooting of the movie adaptation of David Baldacci’s “Wish You Well” in Giles County. He was an extra in the film, and one of his antique vehicles gets some screen time.

  • CCHS yearbook places first in state

    HILLSVILLE — Strong student performance on the Carroll County High School Cavalier Classic yearbook sparked a “three-peat,” with the publication earning statewide awards.
    It’s the third time in a row that the yearbook staff has brought back honors in the Virginia High School League competition, chosen from among 1,000 total entries in three classes, says teacher and advisor Shannon Dalton.
    The book, titled “Spark,” won first place and the students won many awards for their work.

  • Facebook friends help nab suspect

    The Galax Police Department credits social networking and help from citizens for finding the suspect in a purse snatching last week.