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Today's News

  • County to watch over school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Hoping to keep all new school projects in Grayson County on an equal basis, the board of supervisors voted last week to change wording in a resolution to give them authority to review all projects as they move along.

    The change was brought about after bids for the new Grayson Highlands School to be built in Volney came in nearly $2 million more than original estimates.

    Looking back on a previously passed resolution, the board consulted Attorney James E. Cornwell, Jr. on how to interpret the wording.

  • Fries a fine example of patriotism

    As I sit here on Main Street in Fries, I can’t help but feel patriotic pride. This is truly small town USA, the kind of a town we read about in National Geographic that observes Independence Day with old-fashioned patriotic spirit.

    I am sitting in the parking lot of Fries Baptist Church, across the street from the Fries Middle School, the home of the Wildcats. There is a PA system playing patriotic songs. I can observe people that already line the street a half-hour prior to the parade.

  • Progress takes time

    Sometimes, fortunes change with the flowing of the tides.

    In the case of Lambsburg and Carroll County, the economic tides turned when finding a source of ground water allowed a major investment to move forward.

    Drilling a successful well was the remaining hurdle to clear in attracting a new company to locate off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Looking ahead to Carroll's farming future

    HILLSVILLE — Farms and forests remain productive in Carroll County and can continue into the future, says Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

    Food and timber products are homegrown businesses that have a big impact on the local economy, and county officials want to see it remain that way as Carroll’s other staple industries — furniture and textiles — are on the decline.

    The commodities grown on farms and in forests generate millions of dollars of revenue in a year, but growers face challenges as expenses increase across the board.

  • Grow your own future

    The Twin Counties have seen first-hand the loss of domestic industry. First textiles declined and then the furniture plants closed, putting more than 1,000 out of work in Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    It would be unfortunate to see another local industry go the way of the factories, but there's been a steady downward trend in another traditional Twin County pursuit — farming.

    Even so, agricultural commodities and forest products are still worth millions of dollars to the economy.

  • Love's Travel Stop headed to Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — Striking water in Lambsburg is like striking gold, because water availability was essential to bringing at least a $7 million investment and 70 to 90 jobs from Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores to Carroll County.

  • HOT DOG!

    Never let it be said that the folks who put on the Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cookoff don’t go out of their way to help those who participate in the event.

    On Tuesday, when word reached the event’s volunteer coordinator, Carlene Poole, that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile had gotten into a beef with police, she mustered the courage to ride to the rescue.

    Poole said she heard through a friend that the iconic vehicle had a run-in with police on its way to an appearance at the barbecue contest, which starts Friday in downtown Galax.

  • Water plant site found

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — and negotiations are underway to purchase the land.

    Bobby Lane, of Lane Engineering, updated Independence Town Council July 8 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town’s wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site had been chosen for the new plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Jessup joins Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Motivated by the future in Hillsville for her grandchildren and encouraged by her husband, Frieda Jessup officially became the Sulphur Springs representative on town council last Tuesday.

    Jessup was one of four people who put themselves forward to fill the vacancy left by former Sulphur Springs council member Bill Tate’s election to the mayor’s post in May.

    Instead of sitting back and letting someone else do the work, Jessup explained that she felt like it was time to get involved herself.

  • School farm idea takes root

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary outdoor laboratory called the Carroll County Public Schools Farm.

    The research farm will share the 90 or so acres with Hillsville Elementary School.

    The school takes up approximately 30 acres, but the rest of the property will be farmed out to enhance agricultural and science programs in the public schools, said Carroll High agriculture teacher Randy Webb and Mark Burnette, director of secondary education.