Local News

  • Workers stabilizing wetland at Island Creek

    HILLSVILLE — The stream that flows through the Hillsville Elementary School property next to the FFA farm meanders enough, but still causes deep erosion in its banks.
    Water running under the hillside through Island Creek has actually stripped a large patch on the bank bare of topsoil and vegetation in a sharp bend.
    Erosion would have continued to degrade the quality of the stream, but Branch Highways will step in to repair that damage as part of a contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Delinquent tax collections going slowly in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Sales of property to recoup delinquent taxes have not attracted many buyers, Carroll officials indicated at Jan. 13 county board meeting.
    Supervisor Sam Dickson asked County Attorney Jim Cornwell about how well delinquent tax collections were going during supervisor’s time.
    The last delinquent taxpayer list that Cornwell received came from March 2012, the attorney answered.

  • Water park, foster home find support, but mired in uncertainty

    FRIES — A Fries resident, backed by support from Fries Town Council, is seeking to locate a potential business at the town’s old Washington Mill property.
    Catrinna Shupe, who approached council members in December 2013 with her vision for “Kiddie Cats Cove” — a combined water park and children’s foster home — visited the board again at the Jan. 14 meeting to give an update on her progress.

  • General Assembly members report gifts

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — Members of the 2014 General Assembly reported accepting more than $260,000 worth of free meals, tickets to football games, overseas trips and other gifts last year, according to legislators’ annual disclosure forms.
    The average value of the gifts was $267, down from $467 in 2011, the most recent comparable post-election year. The overall number of gifts increased to 973 from 534 during the same period.

  • Zoning repeal ready for review

    By PATRICK SMITH and Staff Reports

  • Hundreds sign petition to keep trucks off curvy road

    ELK CREEK — Hundreds of Grayson County citizens have signed a petition calling for improved signage to warn tractor-trailer drivers of GPS routing that often leads them into navigating dangerously curvy roads.
    The petition was presented to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors and to Virginia Department of Transportation Wytheville Residency Administrator Jeff Russell at the supervisors’ Jan. 9 meeting.

  • Two registered for town election

    HILLSVILLE — Two candidates so far have gathered enough petitions to be on the ballot for the spring elections in Hillsville, according to the Carroll County Voter Registrar’s Office.
    Billie Taylor will run for mayor, according to Kim Cloud, general registrar.
    Billy Walls Sr. will seek re-election as the representative for the Sulphur Springs ward.
    Several others have picked up petitions at the registrar’s office and more candidates are expected, Cloud said.

  • Zoning referendum bill meeting postponed

    RICHMOND – A meeting between Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, which was supposed to decide the fate of a zoning referendum bill last Tuesday, has been postponed.
    The supervisors want voters to decide if the county should keep or repeal its zoning ordinance. They voted 3-2 to seek General Assembly approval for a referendum on the ballot this November.

  • Citizen continues to question Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — As Carroll County’s appeal to get back $267,000 in Rural Development funding for the Fancy Gap sewer project continues, a citizen says Public Service Authority documents show that federal officials did not know about the Joy Ranch Road extension.
    Rural Development clawed back $267,000 in funding  \ though county officials have indicated $280,000  \ after the county utilities authority failed to do a preliminary engineering report and an environmental report for the sewer line extension that went beyond the Fancy Gap area.

  • Training center protection bill set aside

    RICHMOND — Many bills introduced by local representatives in the General Assembly have been falling by the wayside, including an effort to protect Virginia’s training centers from closing.