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Today's News

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  • County's loss is Galax's gain

    The City of Galax has hired grant administrator Brenda Marrah, after Carroll County eliminated her position in November 2010.
    Marrah brought in a total of $11 million in grants and loans in 2009 for Carroll County, but the county moved the position under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Economic Development Authority for regional grant writing services to save money and share the cost with the authority.

    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city has talked about hiring a grant administrator for the past couple of years.

  • Candidates file early, file often for primary

    HILLSVILLE — Two contested races in the Carroll County Republican Primary emerged immediately after filing began Monday.

    Seven candidates for the Republican nominations to elected positions in Carroll showed up at the treasurer's office at noon or shortly afterwards to sign up for the party primary in May.
    Three Carroll County Sheriff's Office personnel were among the first to arrive to file their papers to seek the party's nomination for sheriff through the preferential primary.

  • Commission approves annexation plan

    RICHMOND — Allowing Hillsville to annex a busy commercial area west of Interstate 77 is in the best interests of everybody involved, the members of the Commission on Local Government decided in a meeting Monday.

    The state commission issued a 31-page report that recommend sending the voluntary settlement between Hillsville and Carroll County to the courts for final approval.

  • Public record for 1/12/11 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • He's two

    James Breece Roten (J.B.) celebrated his second birthday Oct. 12 at his home on Coal Creek with family and friends. He is the son of Mike and Kristy Roten of Galax.

    His grandparents are Breece and Carol Roten of Galax and Tom and Gloria Anderson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Great-grandmothers are Opal Robinson of Galax and Patricia Lamantia of Apache Junction, Ariz.

  • Turns one

    Westin Michael Johnson of Galax celebrated his first birthday Dec. 5 with a Mickey Mouse party. He is the son of Michael and Kasey Johnson.

    His grandparents are David and Pam Flippin, Bert and Carol Elliott of Galax. His great-grandparents are Dennis and Helen Flippin of Lowgap, N.C., and Lilly Mae Melton of Galax.

  • It's about time

    For too long, the residents of Givens Street and the surrounding neighborhoods in Galax have been forced to live in a water-logged past that ended for most of the city in the 1940s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rerouted and reinforced Chestnut Creek to prevent frequent floods that often washed away the low-lying areas.
    In recent years — most notably in 2007 and most recently last summer — residents of these neighborhoods were surrounded by backed-up flood waters caused by inadequate and dilapidated stormwater drainage systems.

  • Electricity rate hikes expected

    The new president of Appalachian Power Co. told a group of regional leaders recently that while electricity rates have recently dipped, rate increases are on the horizon as the utility faces the costs of meeting environmental regulations.
    Charles Patton, who was named president and chief operating officer in the summer, said Appalachian will file a new rate application with the State Corporation Commission by March 31 but it was too soon to discuss details.

  • Opticom system gets green light

    A preemption device on traffic signals along Main Street, East Stuart Drive and Meadow Street in Galax would make intersections safer for police, fire engines, ambulances and other traffic when emergency personnel are responding.

    The fire department has tried unsuccessfully for years to land a grant for the Opticom system, but now a pool of leftover highway funds will finally allow Galax to put the equipment in place.
    Opticom is a traffic control system that provides a green light — or intersection right-of-way — to emergency vehicles.