Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 2/15/12

    Smoking up street
    Smokers need to have more self control. Clover Street in Galax used to be a quiet dead-end street until Twin County Regional Hospital passed a no smoking policy on their property. Now, there is a ridiculous amount of break time smokers and traffic. How do I know? Same vehicles every day, four and five times a day, everyone riding and puffing. Give Clover Street a break  or stay at your work and do your job.

    Feeling powerless

  • Carroll will try to tap natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll Industrial Development Authority tapped a company to help it tap natural gas for a local industry retention project.
    IDA members, after a closed session Tuesday, made a series of motions, two of them dealing with the need to provide natural gas utilities locally.
    Authority members had advertised for proposals seeking engineering services for constructing and operating a natural gas service in Hillsville, after franchise holder Atmos Energy failed for years to set up a utility service.

  • Woodlawn man wins $2.5M from Va. Lottery


  • Hillsville agrees to buy new fire truck

    HILLSVILLE — Town council members blazed through five agenda items on Monday night that resulted in approval to buy a new — or gently used — fire truck and the sale of an old truck to a neighboring fire department.
    For nearly a year, the town and the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department have been working on obtaining a new piece of equipment to replace its outdated 1971 ladder truck.
    Last month, Hillsville Town Council voted to declare the old truck surplus property so it could be disposed of.

  • Board seeks $7.1 M more for school projects

    HILLSVILLE — Space for physical education classes will be at a premium, as well space in general at the revamped Carroll County High School, educators stressed to the Carroll Board of Supervisors on Monday.
    Those reasons are why school board members have asked the supervisors to help find funding for a new auxiliary gym at the high school.

  • A son's surprise homecoming


  • Two charged with possession of pills, pot

    HILLSVILLE — A 21-year-old Claudeville man has been charged with dealing drugs and 195 Oxycontin pills were seized after a Carroll County deputy initiated a traffic stop Feb. 9.
    Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said that Phillip Christopher Sias, a passenger in the vehicle, faces a charge of possessing schedule II drugs with the intent to distribute after the traffic stop near St. Paul Elementary School.

  • Hillsville council races taking shape

    HILLSVILLE — Interest in the Hillsville municipal elections is already starting to heat up.
    Still months away from the town contests, it looks like races for mayor and the Pipers Gap and Pine Creek wards are forming up.
    Local businessman Greg Crowder has submitted paperwork to run for mayor in the May elections, setting up a contest with the present mayor, Bill Tate, who has indicated he will seek a return to office.
    Both incumbent Orba Alderman and newcomer David Young have filed to run for the Pipers Gap seat.

  • House rejects bill to restrict local taxing power

    By APRIL WRIGHT, Staff

    and Landmark News Service


    RICHMOND — Yielding to protests from localities, the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday defeated an effort to restrict local taxing power.

  • Carter trail grant comes through

     HILLSVILLE — Steps to create the George Lafayette Carter Recreational Trail can begin soon, now that the state has funded a grant for $96,962 to make it happen.

    The Carroll County Public Schools recently learned of the grant award by letter from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation's Virginia Recreational Trails Program.