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Today's News

  • On Top of the World

    A Dugspur woman was known for six months as "No Nails" as she trudged and climbed the 2,178 miles of the Appalachian Trail — despite her bad back, hurt ankle and fear of heights — and recently returned home triumphant.

    Following the tradition of trail hikers, Cathy Shouse adopted a colorful nickname to go by while slogging from Springer Mountain in Georgia through the Mid-Atlantic and New England to Katahdin, the trail's northern terminus in Maine.

  • Art critics

    Galax residents voiced both their support and opposition for the mural being painted on the Jeff Matthews Museum during a Galax City Council meeting on Monday, before city council decided to move forward with a redesigned version of the painting.

  • Water project floats Carroll some savings

    HILLSVILLE — A competitive bid environment brought Carroll County’s water distribution effort in about $1.3 million less than budget, according to Public Service Authority information.

    The Carroll water distribution system will initially hook up to infrastructure centered at Interstate 77’s Exit 19, but it will also supply water to every public water system in Carroll County outside Cana, public service authority members have said.

  • Bids come in too hot for Fries Fire Department

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is scrambling to find additional money after all 16 bids received for construction of a new 10,000-square-foot facility for the volunteer fire department were higher than the allotted amount.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said the low bid received was $1.204 million, which is $204,165 more than the $1 million the town was approved to receive through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

    The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered through the DHCD.

  • Schools allowed to seek loan

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials can apply for state literary loan construction funds to upgrade remaining facilities, county supervisors decided Tuesday after thinking about a request for a month.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith asked the supervisors in September for permission to proceed with planning and seeking state funds to complete the division-wide school improvement program after a decade of pursuing the work.

  • New fee trashes town's budget

    INDEPENDENCE ee* After agreeing to continue trash collection service with Grayson County, the Town of Independence faces nearly a $13,000 deficit to make up in the 2009-10 budget.

    Town council agreed unanimously last Tuesday to approve the same contract that the board of supervisors approved last week.Vice Mayor Tom Maxwell and Council Member Ronald Sexton were absent at the vote.

    The contract calls for Independence to pay the county $5,247.67 monthly, or $62,972 a year ee* a $26,972 increase in the town’s expenses.

  • Galax may throw vehicle decal decision into reverse

    A decline in revenue for property tax and vehicle license fees has Galax officials considering bringing back automotive sticker decals, according to Keith Barker, acting city manager.

    Galax City Council held the first reading last week to change a draft ordinance in order to reinstate the windshield decal.

    If the ordinance passes, it could go into effect by January. As with previous policy, residents would have to buy a sticker decal for their windshield in the spring.

  • Expected to rise

    Everybody’s looking forward to the end of our Great Recession, but at least one bad thing will come along with the good — higher prices.

    Many construction projects have come in under budget around the country, leading consultants to point out the decreasing cost factors to localities with needed infrastructure projects.

    But the nation — with the stock market clawing its way back and federal stimulus funding causing many infrastructure projects to heat up — may soon see an end to construction discounts provided by the soft economy.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/19/09

    Bring Change, Buy Local

    To be certain, these are perilous economic times.

    As consumers, we still are frightened by high unemployment figures, a roller coaster stock market, bailouts of major corporations, and a general feeling that the worst may not yet be over.

    With worry comes hesitancy to spend and discretion about items we do purchase. We’ve become a nation of picky buyers and rightfully so.

  • Woman charged with felony child neglect

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville woman has been charged with felony child neglect for failing to obtain medical care for a child with a serious injury.

    According to a press release from the Hillsville Police Department, officers were called Oct. 5 to a residence to check on the welfare of a small child who had reportedly been injured.

    Officers found a five-year-old child with a large cut on the foot. The child was in need of immediate medical care.

    EMS was called and the child was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for treatment.