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Today's News

  • Carroll grand jury issues 104 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A search of a vehicle stuck in the snow on Dec. 23, 2009, led to three indictments that the Carroll grand jury certified against a 33-year-old Dobson, N.C., man on Monday.

  • United Way agencies face deep cuts

    Twin County United Way, like so many charitable organizations nationally, has fallen victim to sharply reduced contributions as the regional economy continues to sputter.
    TCUW’s most recent fund-raising campaign, which ended March 31, fell more than 50 percent shy of its $215,000 goal due to losses in fundraisers, donors and the decline in jobs.
    As a result, the charity has had to reduce by 25 percent — or $20,000 — its funding to 26 Twin County community agencies it supports, and dipped into reserves to keep from having to make even deeper cuts.

  • Littrell objects to subdivision ordinance change

    HILLSVILLE — The June 14 vote on the proposed changes to Carroll's subdivision ordinance was unanimous, even though one supervisor voiced his personal objection to shrinking minimum lot sizes.
    Planning commission members and county supervisors had already tweaked the language of the ordinance — meant to control residential developments — once since making more sweeping changes last year.
    The supervisors considered another three revisions at its regular June meeting and held a public hearing before making their decision on this round.

  • Inventor hopes to seal deal for pavement-patching product

    Ron Gorton's new business is all about creating bonds.
    In the pursuit of developing his "Fusion Plus" product, Gorton has formed a relationship with the business developers at the Crossroads Institute in Galax.
    The other indispensable bond takes place at a molecular level, because Fusion Plus is meant to be a durable, year-round and affordable fix for cracked pavement.
    Fusion Plus has all kinds of potential applications, but Gorton wants to work with localities and departments of transportation to develop a way to keep the roads in good shape.

  • Schools will serve as collateral for Phase I loan

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to use the two schools included in Phase I of Grayson’s long-term facilities improvement plan as collateral for an extended loan was nearly defeated after two board members disagreed with the idea.
    Dennis Howard, senior vice president of SunTrust Bank, attended the Grayson School Board meeting last Monday night to explain the plan.

  • Projects apply for state funding

    Three Twin County projects have applied to the Virginia Tobacco Commission for more than $3 million in funding to move the economic, education and community development efforts forward.
    Two of the applications originated with projects at the Crossroads Institute, including the now-familiar effort to develop the Wildwood Commerce Park at Interstate 77's Exit 19 in Carroll County.
    That application requests a grant of $2.5 million to further prepare the site for business and industry.

  • Trooper Cochran honored for bravery

    RICHMOND — A Galax state trooper has received the highest award given out by the Virginia State Police for his response to the Briarleigh Court apartments fire Jan. 9.

  • Girl Scout working to improve domestic violence victims' lives

    HILLSVILLE — A Girl Scout working on her Gold Award recently launched a project to help victims of domestic violence at the Family Resource Center in Wytheville.

  • Town calls for Hillsville Rescue to disband

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Rescue Squad has been given up for dead as town officials end their attempts to resuscitate the long-shuttered volunteer emergency medical service.
    Carroll County and Hillsville officials moved to close the rescue squad about eight years ago, after learning the captain had inappropriately used an ambulance to move furniture from Marion to an apartment in town.

  • Grayson rebids turning lane contract

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School System will try again to obtain bids to construct two turning lanes at the new Grayson Highlands School in the Grant community.
    A bid opening was held June 8 at the new school, but only two bids were received.
    Chad Newman, director of personnel and operations, said the bids — one from a local contractor and the second from a Wytheville contractor — were not opened because the school system had to have a minimum of three bids.