Today's News

  • Carroll could replace HVAC, save money

    HILLSVILLE  — An energy efficiency program may work to fund an update to Carroll County High School’s heating and air conditioning system, along with help from Rural Development.
    One of outgoing School Superintendent Greg Smith’s last recommendations to the Carroll School Board is to consider these items to change out the high school’s more than 40-year-old mechanical system.

  • Inspectors may get to go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — It looks like Nehemiah Engineering may be able to go back to providing inspections on the Fancy Gap utility projects, after the Carroll Public Service Authority drafted a letter to Rural Development.
    Rural Development is expected to ask for a refund from the authority for construction inspection services on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project from the beginning of 2012, according to a letter from the authority to the federal funding agency.

  • More than produce at Galax Farmers' Market

    On Friday and Saturday mornings, Galax Farmers’ Market vendors offer up fresh-baked bread, plants and flowers, herbs, locally harvested fruits and vegetables, canned and baked goods and handmade arts and crafts.
    The two-year $34,000 grant from the Agriculture Market Service funds a part-time Galax Farmers’ Market manager to help get the word out about the Galax venue to increase vendors and shoppers.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/18/12

    Reading is fundamental
    It’s good to know we still have teachers like the two from Laurel Elementary School. The children need them now more than ever. Many children are not encouraged to read and too many children are busy playing games or watching mindless TV. Please, encourage your children to read.

    Witness to dilemma

  • Conflict of interest issue could be settled

    HILLSVILLE  — Will the conflict of interest accusations against construction inspectors for the Fancy Gap water and sewer project finally get settled when the Carroll Public Service Authority holds a special meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday?
    The authority announced the special meeting Friday, days after the PSA members went into a 90-minute closed session at their regular June gathering last Monday.

  • Training center residents protected

    RICHMOND — A federal judge added certain protections for residents of Virginia’s intellectual and developmental training centers before signing off on the settlement negotiated between the state and the Department of Justice.
    Judge John Gibney Jr. on June 13 gave his blessing to the settlement agreement that arose from a federal investigation of the civil rights of people institutionalized in the Central Virginia Training Center. That inquiry then spread to the other four facilities in the state, including the one in Carroll County.

  • State police say speed caused fatal wreck

    The car accident that resulted in the death of Pamela Slate appeared to be speed-related, said Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    Slate, 44, of Carsonville Road in Independence, was killed last Monday afternoon after the 2000 Firebird she was driving struck a utility pole on Edmonds Road, south of Galax.
    Vaughan said Slate appeared to be going too fast for the condition of the road. It had rained that afternoon.
    Slate lost control of her car, ran off the side of the road, overcorrected and hit a utility pole head-on, breaking the pole in half.

  • Town chosen for revitalization project

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is one of seven communities in the 13-state Appalachian Region selected to receive federal technical assistance under the Livable Communities program.
    Few details are available, but federal and town officials were expected to announce more about the project on Tuesday.

  • What kind of leader can calm the waters?

    It takes a statesman to lead in a positive manner and at the same time withstand the combative tone that’s overtaken our public discussions in this country lately.
    The Twin Counties seemed somewhat harbored from the turbulence that’s shaken national politics ever since the great recession was recognized in 2008.
    The levee that held back the torrent of anger, bitterness and resentment seemed to fail last fall with the general election.

  • R/C jet pilots take hobby to new heights

    Area 52 members out of Max Meadows took a test flight at Twin County Airport during the Virginia Jets event on June 9.
    More than 20 pilots took advantage of the runway at the general aviation airport to launch their aircraft.
    Area 52, with some members hailing from the Twin Counties, sponsored the weekend of fun for radio control model enthusiasts who fly miniature versions of jets.