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Today's News

  • Carroll sells Ivanhoe property

    HILLSVILLE — The sale of 49.2 acres of Carroll County land in Ivanhoe generated some $289,000 (minus auction fees) for use in economic development.

    Land once occupied by National Carbide Corp. got split between Wythe and Carroll counties when that facility closed and turned over property to the localities.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority decided to sell its portion of land adjacent to New River Trail State Park at absolute auction last Saturday.

  • Carroll schools hire outside food provider

    HILLSVILLE — Chartwells scooped the competition in becoming the new food service contractor for Carroll County Public Schools.

    But, before the vote at a special meeting Friday, School Board Member Phillip Berrier made his reservations known that hiring an outside firm to serve breakfast and lunch in the schools isn’t necessarily a recipe for success.

    The school board had sought requests for proposals on the food service program after representatives from Sodexo made a presentation in May.

  • Fries cell tower switched on - permanently

    FRIES — A four-year battle for permanent authority for U.S. Cellular to operate a tower in Fries is officially over.

    According to a document adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on June 22, all petitions to deny the cell phone company operation were dismissed.

    The issue has been ongoing since 2005, when U.S. Cellular installed the tower without filing necessary paper work with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

  • Hearing set for dentist, pharmacist drug case

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing has been set for an Independence dentist and pharmacist involved in a drug investigation.

    Nicolas Arduin, 31, and Dr. Gordon Miniclier, 58, will appear in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Arduin, a former part-time pharmacist at Woody's Pharmacy in Independence, has been charged with obtaining drugs by fraud, a class 6 felony.

  • Man leads Galax police on chase into N.C.

    An Alabama man is in custody in Surry County, N.C., facing charges in relation to a pursuit that began in Galax on June 30.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Officer John Reavis stopped James Curtis Brown, 50, of Boaz, Ala., for suspicion of driving under the influence at 6:42 p.m. on June 30.

    When Brown was asked to exit his car, he fled the scene in his vehicle, pursued by Reavis and Galax Officer Jacob Vaughn. On two occasions, Boaz traveled west in the eastbound lanes of U.S. 58, according to police.

  • Carico named new Carroll rec director

    HILLSVILLE — In an effort to expand recreational opportunities, Carroll County’s new recreation director says she’ll be looking to the public for ideas.

    Beth Carico came to the position in May with experience at Virginia State Parks, including working as an assistant administrator of the New River Trail at Galax.

    Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, her introduction to Virginia occurred as a part of the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and leisure from Central Michigan University.

  • 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.