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Today's News

  • Pedestrian struck, injured near parkway

    A pedestrian was injured in an accident May 25 on Virginia 945 in Carroll County, about a third of a mile north of its intersection with Virginia 608.

    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper S.M. Cochran identified the injured man as Warren Clyde Meredith from Fancy Gap.

    The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m., when Meredith was struck by a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Amy D. Cooper.

    No charges have been placed.

    No other information was available from the report.

  • Judge escapes DUI conviction

    A Wytheville judge accused of driving under the influence pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Smyth County General District Court to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville also pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was fined $100 and his license was suspended for one year, according to the court clerk’s office.

  • Alternative treatment might not be possible

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members wondered why — at a gathering to explore alternative wastewater treatment — they received an endorsement for conventional methods from their utilities director.

    It was a double-take moment last Wednesday when, after about four hours investigating alternatives to get sewer service to Interstate 77 interchanges, authority members heard Director Ray Hill say that a conventional wastewater treatment plant that discharges into a stream is still the best option.

  • Cell towers proposed for Galax

    U.S. Cellular plans to replace one telecommunications tower and install another within the Galax city limits by leasing space on the Galax Police Department’s firing range off Glendale Road and at the city's water tank compound on City View Drive, which would improve public safety communications.

  • Market Village gets go-ahead

    HILLSVILLE — With no active objections from its neighbors, the 9,000-square-foot Market Village will move ahead soon.

    Carroll representatives have attempted to contact one of those neighbors, AmerLink, about the new construction planned at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, but they have heard nothing back, County Administrator Gary Larrowe told members of the Industrial Development Authority, who control the property, at their May 5 meeting.

  • No alternatives at Carroll exits

    Sure there are alternative ways to treat wastewater, Carroll County Public Service Authority members learned in a workshop last Wednesday.

    But there’s another consideration — are those processes viable?

    Authority members had called on experts to share information on handling sewage some other way than building a plant, treating the effluent and discharging the clean water back into the stream.

    Four consultants showed up and talked about onsite treatment, or allowing the soil to filter water, compact package plants, drip irrigation and so forth.

  • Public record for 5/21/08

    Editors Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.

    Marriage Licenses

    These marriage licenses were recorded Jan. 28-Feb. 28 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Jose Alfredo Flores Tolentino, 21, Galax, and Gabrielle Dominique Kent, 19, Hamptonville, N.C.

    Wendall Dale Bain, 46, and Lisa Karen Lundy, 48, both of Austinville.

  • Cavaliers, Blue Devils split double-header

    INDEPENDENCE –– Carroll County put forth one of its most complete efforts of the year. Grayson County got a game-winning walk-off home run. Good thing it was a double-header. Too much good happened for one team to go home bummed out.

    The Cavaliers used a five-run rally to knock off Grayson County 6-2 in the first game, and Megan Funk’s two-out walk-off homer capped a four-run rally in the final two innings that saw the Devils earn a split with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

  • Rescue squad funding leads to squabble

    INDEPENDENCE — After the Town of Independence proposed cutting its annual $10,000 funding to Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad, town council voted May 13 to put the money back in the budget.

    During a budget session held April 15, the discussion arose that the squad only answered about 30 percent of its territory calls, according to council members Evelyn Hughes and Tom Maxwell.

    Both Maxwell and Hughes said they’ve received numerous complaints from citizens about the squad and its response times.

  • GHS drama students present 'Grease'

    Even though the school year is almost over and some graduating seniors will move on to concentrate on the real world, Galax High School drama students are gearing up for one last exciting performance.

    The GHS theatre department, along with Galax Parks & Recreation, will present the concert version of “Grease” this weekend at the Rex Theater.

    “What better way to end the year than with a fun show,” said B.J. Carroll, GHS drama teacher. “Fun is the byline for this show.”

    Carroll is also the show’s vocal director.