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Today's News

  • Wildwood could get $962K utilities grant

    RICHMOND — Virginia Tobacco Commission staff has recommended granting $962,500 to pay for the first phase of a sewer expansion to make the Wildwood Commerce Park more attractive as a potential site for food processing.
    The tobacco commission received five proposals requesting $20.7 million under its “megasite” industrial park grants, with $12.7 million of assistance funds budgeted, according to information from the state agency. This made the selection process very competitive.

  • Grayson supervisors hear commerce park report

    INDEPENDENCE — Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, attended the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting this month to give an update on the Wildwood Commerce Park.
    McFadyen began his presentation by reminding the board and citizens in attendance that Grayson County is a one-third partner in development of the park located off Exit 19 of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
    While it is not located in Grayson, McFadyen said the county will reap the benefits equally from the park as it continues to develop.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/25/13

    In the dead of night
    When a team wins the championship, that’s great. But, when the team gets back late on a Saturday night and most people are in bed, you shouldn’t give them a siren escort from Exit 14 all the way back to the school and wake everyone up that is already in bed. Instead, you need to wait and have a parade for them when people are awake and can attend. That way, they don’t wonder what is going on with all the sirens blaring around the area.
    Editor’s note: The team returned shortly after 10 p.m.

  • Cell tower improving service in Western Grayson

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Many residents of western Grayson County know better than to try to text or make calls from their mobile phones due to a widespread lack of cellular service in the area, but the recent completion of a cell tower in the Volney community could be an important signal of improvement.
    Grayson County Building Inspector Jimmy Moss said that the tower, completed a few weeks ago near the Log Cabin Store, has made cell service available to U.S. Cellular customers throughout much of the western end of the county.

  • Woman escapes custody, quickly recaptured

    HILLSVILLE — After word that a probation violation would result in an appearance before the magistrate, a 24-year-old Woodlawn woman tried to flee the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.

  • Citizen says Carroll PSA should apologize

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority representatives owe citizens an apology for the handling of a mistake in the Fancy Gap sewer project, according to a resident who raised concerns about procedures used to funding agency Rural Development in that project.

  • State approves A-F school grading scale for schools

    RICHMOND — Most of the state’s schools would earn an A or B letter grade based on preliminary data used to establish a new grading formula approved last Thursday by the Board of Education.

  • Hillsville bridge to be named for former mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Town and county officials will name a Howlett Street bridge in memory of an influential Hillsville mayor.
    Both Hillsville Town Council and the Carroll Board of Supervisors have approved resolutions to name the bridge over the U.S. 58 bypass the “Ivan M. Taylor Memorial Bridge.”

  • Educators say students subjected to too many tests

    HILLSVILLE — With a belief there are too many Standards of Learning tests in a student’s life and too few significant learning opportunities, Carroll School Board members asked the Virginia General Assembly to reexamine its system of measuring school accountability.

  • Haysi absorbs Maroon Tide

    BIRCHLEAF –– Haysi’s bend-but-don’t-break mentality was stretched to the limit Saturday. Plastic Man would have been proud.

    Despite surrendering 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns to Steven Peoples, plus 21 Galax first downs, the Tigers forced the Maroon Tide to work for every yard gained while taking advantage a of a slew of big plays itself. Haysi emerged muddy and battered but with a 40-25 win in a Region 1A West second round game at Sandlick Elementary School.