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Today's News

  • Family of 11 loses home to fire

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of James and Kim Peterson expressed their gratitude for all the support from the community following a fire that destroyed their home on the night of Oct. 10.

    Sue Worley, Kim Peterson’s mother, said the family was at an Independence restaurant eating supper when the fire started at about 7:30 p.m.

    A neighbor smelled smoke and called James Peterson on his cell phone.

  • Galax plans road projects

    Adjustments to the Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive intersection, located near Subway restaurant in Galax, should be complete October 2011, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council at its Oct. 11 meeting. 

    Barker met with Dan Huff of Hillsville's Virginia Department of Transportation office to discuss the state of projects within the city. The largest project listed is for improvements to the intersection at Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive, which is estimated to cost $2.6 million. 

  • Cochran named top cop

     NEW YORK — Looking for an elderly resident trapped in the Jan. 9 fire at Briarleigh Court, Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Cochran felt his uniform starting to melt, he told Parade magazine.

  • Two injured, one killed, in motorcycle wrecks

     After three motorcycle crashes — one resulting in death — at a paving site on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, Virginia State Police are warning motorists to use caution at near the 9 and 10 mile markers in the northbound lanes.

    Three serious accidents have occurred in the construction zone since Oct. 15, within a mile of each other, noted Sgt. S.E. Lowe, state police spokesman. 

    "We had three crashes in three days, almost in the same vicinity, where this paving operation is going on," he said.

  • Amendments will be on ballot

     Virginia voters will be asked to vote on three constitutional amendments Nov. 2.

    The topics cover property tax relief, property tax relief for veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability, and increasing the size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund”

  • Library receives $200,000 grant

     HILLSVILLE — The $200,000 grant from Rural Development plus a Carroll match of $78,663 will give the public library a significant facelift. 

    The 8,200-square-foot library hasn’t received any major improvements since it was built in 1982, but Carroll County officials saw an opportunity to get funding for renovations through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. 

    Assistant County Administrator Nikki Shank made the application to the federal program that specifically targeted libraries. 

  • Six injured in ambulance crash

    Police say that a Laurel Rescue Squad ambulance struck another vehicle at the Cranberry Road stoplight in Galax last Friday night, injuring six and heavily damaging the rescue squad vehicle.

    The Carroll Sheriff's Office received a call at 10:28 p.m. of a gunshot wound on Knob Hill Lane in the Laurel section, according to Chief Deputy Glenn Nester. Deputies responded and believe the gunshot was self-inflicted.

  • Yard sale find a piece of local family's history

     ELK CREEK — Being a postmaster in a small community like Elk Creek gave Tom Buchanan the opportunity to get to meet a lot of people.

    Buchanan served as postmaster of the Elk Creek Post Office for several years and later retired as the postmaster at the Independence Post Office.

    If you’ve every talked to Buchanan, it’s obvious that he’s never met a stranger.

    He enjoys attending yard sales and has his own sales space at a flea market in Galax.

  • Citizens say sewer solution still stinks

     HILLSVILLE — A chemical agent introduced into the Woodlawn sewer system may have increased the smells blanketing the neighborhood, one resident told the Carroll Public Service Authority on Oct. 12.

    Aquit has been added to the brand-new system at pump stations in an attempt to lessen a rotten egg odor coming out, PSA officials have reported, and Robin Whittington said at the regular October meeting that he can tell a difference.

    "What you put in there... I can smell it, so that's getting out of the system, too," he said.

  • Food stamp usage highest ever in Galax

     The number of households receiving food stamps has reached an all-time high in Galax, said Susan Clark, director of the city's Department of Social Services. 

    Galax joins other cities around the nation, which are also setting records. According to a report from Bloomberg, “the number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high,” setting a record.

    The report says that 43.3 million people will receive food stamps each month.