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Today's News

  • Carroll/Mohawk deal will retain jobs

    HILLSVILLE — More than 150 jobs at Mohawk, a major industry in Carroll County, will be saved, after the Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority decided to invest $280,000 in the company, the board announced during a special year-end closeout meeting Monday.

    The investment will pay for a backup power system to address electrical issues that have plagued the plant. In exchange, Mohawk agrees to stay in Hillsville through at least 2017.

  • First-time homeowners settle in

    For James and Suzanne Smith, their new home is everything they thought it would be.

    The house on Middleton Street in Galax is just what they needed — two bedrooms, two baths, vinyl siding, their own front yard and back deck.

    The house even had enough space for a “Navajo room,” where James — a full-blooded Navajo Indian — stores pictures and crafts to reflect on his heritage.

    The Smiths showcased their new home in an open house tour for National Homeownership Month in June, sponsored by USDA Rural Development.

  • Only one seat contested in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one incumbent will face a challenger this year on two Grayson County boards.

    According to Grayson Registrar Debbie Phipps, board of supervisors Chairman Mike Maynard, a Republican, has filed to run for a second term as supervisor for the Wilson District.

    Maynard will run opposite Democrat Kate Irwin in this fall’s election.

    Incumbent Supervisor Brenda Sutherland will run unopposed, as she seeks her first full term as the Elk Creek supervisor.

  • Bassett: APCo increase would be 'job killer'

    WYTHEVILLE — Appalachian Power depends on coal as an electricity-generating fuel.

    But desperation fueled much of the public testimony generated at a hearing last Wednesday night in Wytheville about a proposed "fuel factor" rate increase by the utility.

    The Virginia State Corporation Commission's three commissioners listened as customer after customer protested APCo's latest request to charge more for the electricity it delivers.

  • Broadband initiative gets grant

    A federal grant of $99,540 will help the regional Wired Road Authority to establish high-speed wireless Internet service for 360 homes and businesses in Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

    The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency.

    The funding will allow the Wired Road Authority to provide high-speed Internet services to more customers.

  • Rio Grande coming to I-77 area

    HILLSVILLE — A new business, a Mexican steakhouse, will locate on land formerly owned by Carroll County near the U.S. 58 and Interstate 77 interchange, the Carroll Industrial Development Authority learned Monday.

    Developer Marshall Lineberry gave the IDA members an update on the shops at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market that he continues to build there, and he threw in the information about the new Rio Grande that will go in on the east side of the interstate.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/22/09

    Sheriff supports church's efforts

    The Blue Ridge Fellowship has been distributing posters throughout the area to advise everyone that beginning June 13, they would provide a place to cruise and park for the young people of this area (ages 13-20 only).

    This program, designated as Cruisin’, will provide free food, fun and music from 7 to 10 p.m. in a safe, supervised environment at its location at 5357 Glendale Road, Woodlawn.

  • Second Chances

    Our legal system is based on the idea that a person convicted of a crime can be rehabilitated after accepting their punishment and paying their debt, but as a society we are sometimes reluctant to allow that punishment to end when the sentence expires.

    Some Hillsville Fire Department volunteers are threatening to walk away from the agency now that a suspended member has been reinstated. Roger Hawthorne is back on call after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge unrelated to the fire department.

  • Grayson adopts amended trash fee

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will pay $3 a week for trash beginning July 1, after the board of supervisors unanimously approved the addition to the Solid Waste Ordinance last Thursday night.

    The vote came a day after a public hearing on the proposed charge for trash collection.

  • Man pleads guilty to arson of own home

    HILLSVILLE — A 26-year-old Woodlawn man accused of burning down his own home after a domestic dispute last September pleaded guilty to that and other charges in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Travis Ray Hall appeared in circuit court to answer for various charges before Judge Brett Geisler. Hall pleaded guilty to the arson — a fire started in piles of clothes in a couple of spots inside the mobile home, according to information from investigators.

    The home had major smoke and water damage, and it was thought to be a total loss.