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Today's News

  • Independence considers power line placement

    INDEPENDENCE — Time is ticking away for the Town of Independence to decide where to place the upgraded power lines that will eventually serve a new prison being built outside town.

    At the regular town council meeting Sept. 9, Mayor Butch Reeves updated members on four options American Electric Power offered the town.

    Reeves said the first option was to run the lines underground along Davis Street — at the town’s expense.

  • Water to be part of subdivision considerations

    HILLSVILLE — Tasked with revising the county's subdivision ordinance proposal, Carroll's planning commission members may tap more into water availability issues.

    The planning commission and the Carroll supervisors held a joint public hearing on a subdivision ordinance proposal in August, during which 16 people spoke.

  • College to bring classes to Fries

    FRIES ee* A 20-year agreement appears to be in the works for the Town of Fries and Emory & Henry College to bring various programs to the small Grayson County community.

    E&H wants to use students and faculty to market the town, create an outreach program through its religion department and house a permanent outdoor program in Fries.

    The agreement is set to be signed on Oct. 2

  • Suspect charged in thefts

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have charged a 31-year-old Woodlawn man with stripping newly built homes of wiring and tools from construction sites in the western end of the county.

    Deputies got a warrant to search the Woodlawn home of Joshua Marlin Jones last Thursday, according to a news release from Sheriff Warren Manning. This led to seven counts of breaking and entering and seven counts of grand larceny being leveled against Jones.

  • Prison work on track

    INDEPENDENCE — While Carroll County officials hope to bring the next state prison to the Twin Counties, the one under construction outside of Independence is moving along quickly.

    Despite a minor setback this summer when asbestos was found at the site, work continues and appears to be on track to meet the July 2010 opening date.

    “Construction is going well,” said Virginia Department of Corrections media contact Larry Traylor.

  • Time to upgrade yourself

    There's a lot of talk about how to make our area more attractive and marketable for new employers. Local leaders talk about upgrading utilities, Internet service, infrastructure and power to accommodate a new industry.

    But our greatest resource is our workforce, and it's in need of an upgrade, too, after years of being trained to work in the textile and furniture industries.

  • Crowning Achievements

    HILLSVILLE — Dozens of hopefuls turned out last Thursday night for the 2008 Miss Carroll County pageant, held at the Hillsville VFW Post as part of the Carroll County Agricultural Fair.

    Contestants ranging from toddlers to young adults competed for the crowns in six age groups:

    • Wee Miss Carroll County (0-23 Months) — Aspyn Sydney Crockett, winner; Brooke Hope Fichtel, first runner-up; Scarlet Martin, second runner-up. Other contestants included Kaleigh Burnette, Kayleigh Page Johnson, Ansley King, Madison Lynn Martin, Emily Hope Sayers

  • Delegate calls for 'price gouging' investigation

    MARTINSVILLE — Did Virginia drivers face illegally pumped-up gas prices in the wake of Hurricane Ike?

    That's what Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County), who represents Carroll citizens in the General Assembly, wants to know.

    He has asked Attorney General Robert McDonnell to investigate possible violations of gas “price gouging” in both his district and in the state.

  • GED the key to new jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — It used to be that undereducated adults were able to get into high-paying jobs in the Twin Counties through fields such as manufacturing, construction and agriculture.

    Today, those jobs are in short supply or have moved offshore, making a high school diploma or equivalent that much more important.

    The Mount Rogers Regional Adult Education Program has set out to change the high percentage of residents who do not hold a high school diploma by offering General Education Degree (GED) classes frequently and at no cost to residents.

  • Delays driving up construction costs

    HILLSVILLE — Delays on construction efforts to improve facilities for grades sixth through 12 in Carroll schools could cost millions of extra dollars, according to a recent study by Construction Control Corporation presented to the Carroll School Board.

    The first Phase III Planning Team meeting is Sept. 29 at Woodlawn School.