Local News

  • Galax City Council approves zoning requests

    At its May 12 meeting, Galax City Council voted to approve two zoning requests that had been reviewed and recommended by the planning commission.
    The first request was by the Elks Lodge, which asked that its property be rezoned from B-2 (General Business) to R-1 (Single Family Residential), per a proffer on a previous rezoning application.
    The property had been rezoned several years ago, when there was a possibility that a retail store was interested in buying it.

  • Assault suspect captured

    Authorities have found and arrested Cory Allan Smith, 29, of Fries, who is wanted for assault and escape.

  • Car hits bus in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police responded to a vehicle accident involving a Carroll County school bus on May 6.
    Police were called to the intersection of routes 221 and 669 in Hillsville on May 6, at around 3:30 p.m., where a car had pulled out into the path of the oncoming school bus, according to a police report filed with the department.
    The bus was operated by Nancy Cressell Justis of Hillsville, and the passengers on the bus totaled 27 — 12 students under age 8, and the other 15 between ages 8 and 17.

  • Hillsville man injured in crash

    A Hillsville man was transported to a hospital with injuries after being ejected from his vehicle in a wreck on Friday evening.
    According to a report from Virginia State Police Trooper Bryan Phipps, police and rescue were called to the scene of an accident at the intersection of U.S. 58 and Route 674 at 10:10 p.m. on May 16.
    The report said Matthew Herring of Hillsville was traveling west on 58 in a 2006 Jeep Liberty, when he ran off of the right side of the road and overturned at the intersection. Reports confirm that Herring was ejected from the vehicle.

  • Registrars readying to issue voter IDs

    Virginia’s new voter ID law takes effect July 1 and requires voters to present a valid photo ID in order to be able to vote, and local registrars are getting ready for the change.

  • Study: 3,670 going hungry locally

    About 3,670 individuals in the Twin Counties miss about six meals a week, with the highest concentration of those living in Galax, according to a report by Feeding America.
    Feeding America Southwest Virginia runs two food distribution operations in Grayson County and one in Cana in Carroll County as part of its service network covering 26 counties and nine cities in the region.

  • Carroll to extend natural gas lines

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Industrial Authority (IDA) agreed at its meeting May 5 to extend the natural gas distribution system to Water and Center streets in Hillsville to pick up more customers.
    IDA member Andy Jackson made the motion to approve the extension, with the project cost not to exceed $30,000. The vote was unanimous.

  • Commissioner has merger concerns

    HILLSVILLE — Plans to merge the Carroll commissioner of revenue’s office with the assessor’s office have been put on hold, as the county’s Board of Supervisors examines concerns that have been voiced by Commissioner Fran McPherson.

  • Carroll balances budget with no tax hike

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County is one of many localities forced to move forward with incomplete spending plans this year because of legislators’ indecisiveness over the state budget.
    However, county officials say they are pleased to have reached a budget agreement that will not include a tax increase for residents this year.
    The fiscal year 2015 operating budget totals $80.4 million.
    Budget approvals were short and sweet this month, spanning over two separate meetings on May 5 and May 12.

  • Grayson passes zoning revisions

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors put its zoning ordinance concerns to rest last Thursday evening when they unanimously approved the Grayson Planning Commission’s revisions to the document.
    The commission, tasked by the supervisors with making the 75-page document more “user-friendly” in February, met eight times in the last three months to dissect the ordinance and compose a “complete rewrite of the document from start to finish,” according to Zoning Administrator Elaine Holeton.