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Today's News

  • Tire fire under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A pile of tires that burned last Wednesday at a Carroll County residence has sparked an investigation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, emergency officials say.

    Shortly after responding to a vehicle fire, Hillsville Fire Department personnel got alerted to a blaze at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, according to information from David Young, the department's photographer. This was at the residence of Sandy Cochran.

  • 'Parade of the Arts' part of art school celebration

    The Young Actors Co-op — a group of talented, young actors — will ham it up in Victorian-era theater costumes and show off their juggling and unicycle-riding skills in the Parade of the Arts on Saturday at noon, a featured event of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' grand opening.

    The parade will begin at the Galax Recreation Center and head north on Main Street, turning onto Center Street and then onto Grayson Street.

    “This parade is going to be full of fun and surprises,” said Sandra Hankley, a volunteer for CCSA.

  • Suspect attempts escape in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police officers foiled an escape attempt Monday morning that started at the door of the Carroll County Governmental Center, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.

    Town Officer Dennis Boyer had no problems serving a warrant on Jason Eugene Brown, 29, of Hillsville for a shoplifting charge. It was the third offense, which made it a felony, Williams said.

    They were going to the Carroll Sheriff's Office for processing when Brown broke away and tried to run around 11 a.m.

  • DEQ begins tire fire investigation

    ABINGDON — Clean-up has begun on last Wednesday's tire fire in Carroll County, and state Department of Environmental Quality officials continue to monitor the situation.

    Judy Osborne, DEQ's pollution response coordinator based in the Abingdon office, responded last Thursday to the site of the waste tire fire at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, where emergency officials estimate that 200 to 300 tires were involved.

  • Galax fees could go up instead of taxes

    A proposed $13.17 million budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year will not call for raising taxes, cutting services, laying off city employees or taking furlough days, according to Galax City Manager Keith Barker.

    The budget is down from $16.02 million this fiscal year, an 18 percent decrease.

    During the first budget work session last Monday, Barker announced that the city recommends raising trash collection and city decal fees and increasing water and sewer rates, which would not impact the customer using 6,000 gallons and below.

  • New school yields to Fries renovations

    INDEPENDENCE — A turning lane that must be in place before Grayson Highlands School can open in August has reached a dead end, as school officials shift dwindling construction funds to Fries Middle School.

    School leaders say the move could save millions of dollars in additional costs associated with securing the Fries construction site if work immediately stopped there.

  • No tax increases proposed in Carroll's spending plan

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials have proposed a 2011 budget with no tax increase that covers core services — but just barely, according to a presentation by the financial management director.

    The budget includes little or no contingency for emergencies, and it does not contain one extra hour of pay for part-time employees to put in a little more time on the clock, Pam Smith reported while introducing a thick packet breaking down the 2011 proposal Monday evening for the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

  • Artisans on the street

    A diverse line-up of artisan demonstrators — from potters to painters to weavers and wood turners — will show what Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is about and what it has to offer during a street fair Saturday from 1-4:30 p.m., as part of the art school's grand opening.

    Demonstrators will set up on Grayson Street and inside CCSA to share their talents and showcase the wide range of classes offered at the new art school.

  • Blue Ridge Tour registration under way

    Registration is now underway for the 2010 season of the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour.  The schedule includes four golf academies which will focus on instruction in all phases of the game, one “Golf by the  Rules” clinic in which the player receives on course guidance to play the game according the rules of golf, and six tournaments including a season-ending two-day tournament.  Tournament sites include The Greenbrier Resort (White

  • Ward’s career set to take flight

     Tyler Ward’s dream is to be a commercial pilot for an international shipping company. In the mean time, he’ll be carrying the freight on the football field a few more years.