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Today's News

  • Mandatory water draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man told two Carroll County boards last Tuesday that he doesn't want to be left high and dry on the issues of water in his community and on mandatory connections.

    Citizen Arden Huff has been working to raise interest in water supplied by the Carroll Public Service Authority to Dugspur, and he now feels that the rules have changed in midstream.

    Mandatory connections would require, under certain conditions, imposing a fee for a residence that's not hooked up to the water system.

  • Town sets conditions on airport proposal

    INDEPENDENCE — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission received another vote in favor of restructuring on Oct. 9 — but may have a fight left with Independence.

    Town council members discussed a plan to give up Independence's seat on the commission only if members from Galax, Carroll and Grayson give up theirs and new members are appointed.

  • State grants two AEP hikes

    State regulators last week approved two rate increases sought by Appalachian Power Co., and later this month will hold a public hearing on a third proposal that could increase customers' electricity costs by an average of nearly 24 percent.

    The approved rates were less than the company originally requested, but spokesman Todd Burns said the electric utility supported the State Corporation Commission's decisions.

    One case involved Appalachian's request for a fuel rate increase.

  • Theatre Guild casts new play

    In the Galax Theatre Guild and New River Players' production of the romantic, light-hearted comedy, “I Take This Man,” a woman tricks an amnesiac into thinking he's her loving husband, leading to a hilarious series of events.

    The guild will present the play on Nov. 15 and 22 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Rex Theater in downtown Galax.

  • More than green

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company has become more environmentally conscious and has found more benefits in its practices than just protecting the environment.

    The Galax and Elkin, N.C.-based company that is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture became certified in the program called Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture.

    The program requires all employees to work together towards their “go-green” goal. The company has found that it’s crucial to set an example to be a good steward of the environment, for obvious reasons.

  • Grayson school behind schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Grading is nearly complete, a source of water has tentatively been agreed upon and rebar is on the ground at the site of the new Grayson Highlands School in the Volney community of Grayson.

    Grayson Schools' Director of Personnel Chad Newman updated the school board at its regular meeting Oct. 13 and said he expected the concrete building pad to be complete in the near future.

    “I was told we were a month behind,” said Board Member Shannon Holdaway.

  • Animal rescue unleashed

    WOODLAWN — A Woodlawn couple set on "helping every dog they can" has unleashed fundraising activities now that the IRS has granted non-profit status to Critters Animal Rescue and Adoption.

    Pam and Doug Scarberry have been organizing their animal rescue for about two years, and had been waiting an agonizingly long time for the federal paperwork to come through.

    They thought about quitting, but then they thought about why an animal rescue is needed.

  • VDOT planning leaner operation

    Virginia officials expect state and federal transportation revenues to decrease by as much as $2.6 billion over the next six years, leading to more cuts in the state's road-building plan and reduced services at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    "Every county, every city, every town will have reduced services, fewer projects and, arguably, fewer opportunities as a consequence of this," said Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer in an Oct. 15 presentation to the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

  • Cavaliers spike Grayson Co.

    HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County opened strong in all three games of its nondistrict match with Grayson County, knocking off the Blue Devils 25-5, 25-10, 25-12 Thursday.

    Carroll County (16-0 overall) bolted to an 11-1 lead in the first game with an 8-0 run sparked by Leanna Rippey’s kill. Kim Caudill had two jump-serve aces while Rippey and Lindsey Poe each had a kill in the run.

  • Fort overwhelms Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– With four of the five Mountain Empire District football teams entering Week 9 with no district losses, there was a lot left to be decided, and just four games with which to do so. The picture began to take shape Friday.

    Fort Chiswell racked up 30 points in the second quarter and rolled over Galax 47-7 in a Mountain Empire District win. It was the MED opener for the Pioneers, who join Bland County as the last two unbeatens in the league. Bland bumped off Narrows 14-7 in Friday’s only other MED contest.