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Today's News

  • Upsides & Downsides

    In politics, the two sides in a debate take the same information and make it look as good or as bad as possible in an effort to convince others that only their view is right.

    When considering the growing debt held by the Carroll County Public Service Authority, there's certainly room for debate.

    The upsides include possible economic development, growth and jobs. The only downside appear to be the cost.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/6/09

    Trash service worth price

    This letter is in response to the June 24 Hotline comment, “Defending Our Junk.”

    I grew up in Grayson County, and have returned here after being away for 45 years. I love the area and my home, but the Hotline comments frequently make me question the wisdom of my

    decision to retire here.

    “Moving back to where I came from” isn’t an option for me or most newcomers to our area. If we left, this is what would happen:

  • Trash fee more fair now

    The purpose of local government and public hearings is to give all tax-paying citizens a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.

    Recently, Grayson County held a public hearing to receive comments on a controversial proposed trash collection fee.

    More than 40 people packed the board room, and 21 of them stepped to the podium to express their problems with the fee.

    While some ideas were far-fetched — such as raising the tax levy even more and removing the fee all together — others were valid.

  • Carnival mystery solved

    Despite the broken tradition of a carnival for this July 4th week, people packed the Felts Park stands for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's other attractions — such as the lawn mower race, demolition derby, parade, fireworks and motorcycle stunts — said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Firefighters appreciated the support, given the pressure they were under last week. The department contracted with Tolve Amusements — or so it thought — to bring a carnival to town last week.

  • Swine flu exposure confirmed

    HILLSVILLE — Neither staff nor residents of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center have shown signs of sickness after potentially being exposed to a case of swine flu.

    The Mount Rogers Health District has confirmed that a case of swine flu has been found in its five-county and two-city coverage area, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax.

    The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic in the spread of the H1N1 virus to more than 70 countries and killed 170 people in the United States.

  • Carroll schools shuffle principals

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has reshuffled many administrative jobs in between school years this summer.

    Personnel are still working to fill the vacancies at Carroll County High School created by the departures of both Principal Robbie Patton and Assistant Principal William Austin.

    The Carroll County School Board is expected to act on those positions at its July 14 meeting.

  • IDA denies Log Cabin Homes site plan

    HILLSVILLE — If the Industrial Development Authority is going to provide space in the industrial park for Log Cabin Homes, then at least Carroll should get some jobs out of it, county officials indicated Monday.

    As promised, Tom Vesce, owner of Log Cabin Homes, returned to the Carroll IDA with a revised site plan for his proposed timber drying yard in the county's industrial park.

  • U.S. Marshals apprehend fugitives

    Southwest Virginia is a little safer after local, state and federal law enforcement officers joined forces for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort in June.

    The fugitive task force Operation FALCON — the acronym for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally — soared into the region's 52 localities on June 1 and, by the end of the month, 742 fugitives had been apprehended and 1,175 outstanding warrants cleared.

  • Carrico Bridge to close in August

    FRIES — Motorists from parts of Fries will have to take the long way to Galax again in August, as repairs will close the Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 for about two weeks next month.

    Matthew Cox of the Virginia Department of Transportation notified the Grayson County Board of Supervisors that maintenance on the 82-year-old, truss-type structure would begin sometime in mid-August and last approximately two weeks.

  • Carroll dog breeders face judge

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County men facing several misdemeanor charges — each under Virginia's new “puppy mill” laws passed last year — told a judge they are out of the commercial dog breeding business.

    Confusion was in evidence as the first two cases tried under the new state law — against Donald Frazier of Austinville and Lanzie "Junior" Horton of Hillsville — came before Judge Edward Turner III in the Carroll County General District Court on Friday.