Today's News

  • A big plate of pork

    We've heard a lot of legislators griping lately about the amount of "pork" — spending that benefits a few, usually in the sponsoring politician's home district — in the new federal stimulus package.

    But one man's pork is another's prize. Think about this: all the dire local needs in the Twin Counties — better roads, money for school construction and teachers, funding for utility projects to drive the economy — probably seem pretty porky to politicians from other parts of the nation, but this is the stuff we beg for.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/2/09

    Resort could cause problems

    We have been following the reporting on the zoning variance request for the trailer park on Foxwood Lane. We are in full support of the planning commission’s decision to not grant a special use permit.

    Our concern isn’t that there will be a shortage of angelic retirees, all of whom will spend their time in church and donating to local charities but, the overall long-term usage of land in Grayson County has to be considered.

  • Take what you can get

    Extensive work and marketing has gone into the redevelopment of the old Washington Mills site in Fries, and on Feb. 1, requests for proposals were sent throughout the country.

    The requests mandate that a prospective developer be willing to complete at least three of the projects on the 13.3-acre site, and invest a minimum $6 million.

    We urge the project's management team — comprised of Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, the Town of Fries and Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development — to seriously consider all proposals.

  • 'Spirit Harbor' loses Round 1

    INDEPENDENCE — Developers hoping to bring a 252-site senior recreational park to Mouth of Wilson were knocked out in round one of the application process last week, when the Grayson County Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors deny a special use permit application.

    At the Feb. 17 meeting, developers brought the commission extensive plats, water and sewer details and road elevation surveys to answer any questions about the proposed 148-acre Spirit Harbor park off Fox Wood Lane near the New River.

  • VDOT to close Hillsville residency

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation will lay off 450 hourly employees across the commonwealth next month as a first step in reducing staffing costs.

    Heidi Coy, VDOT spokeswoman for the Salem district that includes Carroll County, said the Hillsville residency is one of the 25 offices proposed to be cut.

    After the closing, the Martinsville VDOT office would oversee Carroll. Floyd County — now covered by the Hillsville residency — would be overseen by the Christiansburg office.

  • Charges filed in fatal I-77 accident

     HILLSVILLE — The 39-year-old truck driver allegedly at fault in a fatal accident near the 22 mile marker on Interstate 77 Feb. 17 has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.

    Brian Scott Grubb, 39, of Anderson, S.C., has been charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.H. Bledsoe, who investigated the accident.

  • BEHIND BARS: A Look Inside the Building of Grayson's State Prison

    INDEPENDENCE — How many people does it take to build a 252,088-square-foot state prison? According to Project Superintendent Rick Bandy, 229 people are working on the $104.5 million project just outside of Independence.

    Bandy took The Gazette on a second exclusive tour of the prison site and provided updates on progress last week.

    Since December 2008 — the last time The Gazette visited the site — nearly all buildings are under roof.

  • Vaughan Furniture partners with Kathy Ireland

    Vaughan Furniture Company is hoping its sales and distribution business will increase after signing a licensing agreement to market and manufacture furniture under the highly recognized name brand Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a $1 billion corporation.

    This partnership covers imported bedroom, dining room, occasional and youth furniture to be marketed as Kathy Ireland Home from Vaughan Furniture.

    The announcement comes a week after KIWW and case goods importer and manufacturer Standard Furniture announced they were ending an eight-year partnership.

  • Fries hears mill site development ideas

    FRIES — More than 30 people attended an exclusive preview Thursday of potential development plans for the old Washington Mills site in Fries. Unfortunately, most attendees were citizens rather than developers.

    The presentation of a master plan for the 13.3-acre site was by Craig Wilson, vice president of K.W. Poore & Associates of Richmond.

  • Carroll authorities make $750,000 pot bust

    HILLSVILLE — A sophisticated marijuana distribution effort with 313 pounds of marijuana packaged in mustard and coffee grounds and hidden in a 53-foot tractor-trailer still didn't fool Carroll authorities Tuesday.