Local News

  • Supervisor, treasurer disagree on finances

    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll’s treasurer and a county supervisor discussed a vault full of financial issues, including delinquent taxes and earning interest on the fund balance, at the Feb. 10 county board meeting.
    The discussion between the Republican constitutional officer, Bonita Williams, and Supervisor Sam Dickson, a Democrat, seemed testy at times, but both ended the discussion by expressing their love for each other.

  • Comprehensive plan hearing set for Monday

    HILLSVILLE — One of the last duties for Travis Jackson as Hillsville town manager before he takes over as the lead of the Wythe-Bland Foundation involves shepherding the required update of the comprehensive plan through a public hearing and final approval.
    The public hearing will occur at the Hillsville Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. today, Monday.
    The goal of a comprehensive plan involves guiding future development strategies for localities. Virginia requires updates to jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans every four years.

  • Home, pets lost to fire

    ENNICE, N.C. — The Galax Fire Department responded to a structure fire in Ennice, N.C., on Friday morning, as an apparent result of an electrical malfunction.

  • Jackson bids fond farewell to Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  —  Travis Jackson in his 32-year term with Rural Development helped make capital investments in many communities.
    But, during his first post-retirement job as Hillsville town manager, he made a sizable emotional investment in the Carroll County seat, as well.

  • Zoning repeal put on hold

    INDEPENDENCE — The repeal of Grayson County’s zoning ordinance has been put on hold, at least for the time being, after a motion and a rare unanimous vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors to table the repeal process on Tuesday night.

  • Tammy Vass remembered as 4-H leader

    HILLSVILLE — Tammy Vass, who died on Feb. 16, received a nomination to become a 4-H All-Star for her efforts in building the Carroll County 4-H Livestock Club into a national competitor.
    Inclusion as an honorary member in the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All-Stars is the greatest honor that an adult leader can receive in the state, according to Sarah Jo Jones, the Carroll County 4-H agent.
    Vass served as mentor to a group of local youths that found success and recognition as competitors in 4-H’s National Quiz Bowl in Omaha, Neb., last fall.

  • Agency seeking drug prevention grant

    Twin County Prevention Coalition (TCPC) is looking for stakeholders to help secure a grant that will provide funds for a number of drug prevention programs specifically targeting the area’s youth and their families.
    The coalition gathered a number of community representatives for a meeting at the Life Center of Galax on Feb. 4. Guests included representatives from local businesses, school systems and police departments, as well as parents and youth leaders.

  • Antique shop roof collapses

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville lost a member of its business community after the snow-laden roof at Mountain Top Antiques Mall came crashing down on countless collectibles, furniture, glassware, art pottery and showcases Saturday morning.
    Charles Nelson, owner of the business that opened in 2007, regretfully announced the incident Sunday on the store’s Facebook page.

  • Meeting planned for non-denominational Christian school

    A local group has formed to research and plan the possibility of a non-denominational Christian school in the Twin County area.
    This was a vision that began just a couple of years ago, explained Lynn Funk of Lincoln Financial in Galax and a member of the group.
    She said that there are a number of parents, grandparents, guardians and homeschoolers who are interested in putting Christianity back into their children’s’ education.

  • Kroger fans rally to save Galax store

    UPDATED 2/21/14:

    Close to 100 Kroger supporters made their voices heard during an hour-long rally in the grocery parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.
    Petitions in hand, the crowd surrounded Melissa Turman, a local business owner who started the Facebook page “Save Kroger in Galax, Virginia” after it was announced that the branch would close on March 21.