Local News

  • VDOT adds 'rural rustic' roads to highway plan

    HILLSVILLE — Adding several rural rustic road improvement projects to the Carroll County six-year plan may be the way to go, as the Virginia Department of Transportation sees a new influx of funding for roads.
    VDOT’s Dan Huff, Hillsville area land use engineer; and Lisa Hughes, regional residency administrator over Carroll, appeared at the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ meeting April 14 to share a draft of the secondary road six-year plan and the 2014-2015 project priority list.

  • Fire temporarily closes hospital

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to Twin County Regional Hospital early Thursday morning, when a routine test of the hospital generator resulted in an electrical fire inside the building.
    According to a report from Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, firefighters were dispatched to the hospital at 4:10 a.m. on April 24. The 911 dispatch reported that it had received calls from the hospital stating that there had been two explosions, Hankley told The Gazette.

  • Man killed, family members hurt in separate incidents

    HILLSVILLE — Two women were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 52 just north of Hillsville at 1:38 p.m. on Wednesday.
    At the time of the incident, the mother and her daughter were responding to a report of a fatality involving a family member that had just happened.

  • State to review APCo's finances

    The State Corporation Commission plans a financial review of Appalachian Power Company that includes a review of earnings produced by rates the company charges for generation, distribution, and transmission services.
    The company proposes a number of rate structure changes that the company indicates would not generate any additional annual operating revenue.
    The changes may cause some customer bills to be higher or lower as a result, the SCC said in a news release.
    As part of its March 31 filing, the company proposes to

  • Grayson Social Services fights fraud

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Department of Social Services has recouped $34,554.64 of $46,830 in benefits received inappropriately since 2012, thanks to its revamped fraud information program.
    Director of Social Services Tony Isom said that since 2012 there have been 80 reports of fraud in the department’s benefits program. He said the most common type of fraud reported involves applicants giving false information on their benefits applications, or failure to report income or correct household composition.

  • Byllesby Dam repairs to fix flood damage

    ROANOKE — Work that Appalachian Power has begun on Byllesby Dam goes well beyond replacing the flash boards knocked out of the emergency spillway during a New River flood, according to company officials.

  • No plans for Confederate history month proclamation

    RICHMOND — There’s no danger Gov. Terry McAuliffe will commit the same error as his predecessor when proclaiming April Confederate History Month in Virginia because McAuliffe doesn’t plan to grant that recognition during his four-year tenure.

  • Crouse runs for another term on city council

    The ballot in the May 6 election will include five candidates vying for four seats on the Galax City Council board.
    Margo Crouse has decided to run for her second term.

  • Replacing fire trucks will cost millions

    HILLSVILLE — Faced with an aging fire fleet, Carroll officials expect to soon start spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on replacing these emergency response vehicles, according to a discussion at the April 14 county board meeting.
    Emergency Services Director Mike Mock told the supervisors of a 40-year-old brush truck in the county and other apparatus around 30 years old in an aging fleet among the Hillsville, Cana and Laurel Fork departments.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's 'lean' budget

    HILLSVILLE — Shuffling resources and cutting costs became the Carroll County budget committee’s way to balance the fiscal year 2015 proposal without a tax increase, according to the presentation at the supervisors’ regular April meeting Monday.
    County officials now hope they can continue to balance future budgets faced with rising expenses from commitments already made — many of which involved capital improvement costs at schools, as shown in a presentation to the supervisors by Assistant Administrator Nikki Cannon.