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  • Motorcyclist dies in Saturday accident

    HILLSVILLE -- A motorcyclist from Hillsville died in a Saturday morning accident on Virginia 100 near Sylvatus.

    Dickie Lee Edmonds, 40, was traveling north bound on 100 at about 10 a.m. when, according to a Virginia State Police accident report, he tried to pass another vehicle by swinging his 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle onto the right shoulder, said Trooper K.D. Blackburn. This was a spot shoulder there was wider than normal, but the motorcycle went off the side of the road.

  • Kaine's tax plan faces roadblocks in General Assembly

    RICHMOND — Minutes after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine unveiled a plan on May 12 for an almost $860 million tax increase to help transportation, House Republican leaders declared it all but dead.

    "I don't see anything positive in the plan that could make it something that could be considered," said House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-Salem). "It's all tax, tax, tax."

    So begins the latest chapter in the state's six-year quest for money to build new roads and improve existing ones.

  • City offers to help pet owners

    As part of a new strategy to reduce the population of strays, Galax is offering the city's pet owners the opportunity to receive a reimbursement check that will cover a portion of the cost to sterilize their cat or dog.

    The city will reimburse the pet owner $50 — or 50 percent, whichever is less — to spay or neuter a cat or dog they own or are adopting.

    "The hope is to see fewer stray animals," said Assistant City Manager Keith Barker. "Sometimes we don't do something because of cost savings, but just because it's the better thing to do."

  • PSA balks at fees

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Public Service Authority will dedicate a special meeting May 27 at 7 p.m. to discussing possible utility rate adjustments and new fees.

    Authority members had a follow-up discussion at their regular May meeting on Director Ray Hill’s idea to include new revenue-generating fees. All they decided was that they need to talk about the matter further.

  • Pedestrian struck, injured near parkway

    A pedestrian was injured in an accident May 25 on Virginia 945 in Carroll County, about a third of a mile north of its intersection with Virginia 608.

    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper S.M. Cochran identified the injured man as Warren Clyde Meredith from Fancy Gap.

    The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m., when Meredith was struck by a 1992 Ford Explorer, driven by Amy D. Cooper.

    No charges have been placed.

    No other information was available from the report.

  • Judge escapes DUI conviction

    A Wytheville judge accused of driving under the influence pleaded guilty last Tuesday in Smyth County General District Court to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

    Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Michael Keith Blankenship, 44, of Wytheville also pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer test. He was fined $100 and his license was suspended for one year, according to the court clerk’s office.

  • Alternative treatment might not be possible

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members wondered why — at a gathering to explore alternative wastewater treatment — they received an endorsement for conventional methods from their utilities director.

    It was a double-take moment last Wednesday when, after about four hours investigating alternatives to get sewer service to Interstate 77 interchanges, authority members heard Director Ray Hill say that a conventional wastewater treatment plant that discharges into a stream is still the best option.

  • Cell towers proposed for Galax

    U.S. Cellular plans to replace one telecommunications tower and install another within the Galax city limits by leasing space on the Galax Police Department’s firing range off Glendale Road and at the city's water tank compound on City View Drive, which would improve public safety communications.

  • Market Village gets go-ahead

    HILLSVILLE — With no active objections from its neighbors, the 9,000-square-foot Market Village will move ahead soon.

    Carroll representatives have attempted to contact one of those neighbors, AmerLink, about the new construction planned at the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market, but they have heard nothing back, County Administrator Gary Larrowe told members of the Industrial Development Authority, who control the property, at their May 5 meeting.

  • Rescue squad funding leads to squabble

    INDEPENDENCE — After the Town of Independence proposed cutting its annual $10,000 funding to Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad, town council voted May 13 to put the money back in the budget.

    During a budget session held April 15, the discussion arose that the squad only answered about 30 percent of its territory calls, according to council members Evelyn Hughes and Tom Maxwell.

    Both Maxwell and Hughes said they’ve received numerous complaints from citizens about the squad and its response times.