Hillsville Town Council approved a parade permit at its April 23 regular meeting which sets the Town’s Time Capsule “Reveal” date as May 12 at 5:30 p.m. Tentatively, June 9 will serve as the official unveiling and display of the 50-year old container’s contents and September 8 for it to be re-buried with new contents.
The permit was requested by Mayor Gregory Crowder and lists the location of the events as 227 North Main Street. Crowder and Property Owner Tom Jackson are listed as the persons in charge of the events. An accompanying special event information and land use permit for the Virginia Department of Transportation indicates the events are all slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.
The applications will allow the Town to close the area off to through traffic for increased safety to pedestrians. The Hillsville Police Department will provide traffic control for all three events. The three dates coincide with Cruise-Ins already scheduled to be held.
The program will begin May 12 with a welcome from Mayor Crowder. Tom Jackson will speak about the events unfolding in America in 1968 during a historical presentation. Former Carroll Drug owner Bill Copeland will also tell the incredible story behind the fire that burned the old Carroll Drug that led to the time capsule’s burial as part of a grand opening ceremony on April 1, 1968. Following Copeland’s remarks, the time capsule will be excavated. Its contents will then be on display at the next car show and Summer Night Concert Series on June 9.
Council also unanimously approved an overhead banner permit application for the Galax/Carroll County Relay For Life. Weather permitting, the banner will be hung on May 28 and will remain until June 25. Relay is scheduled to be held June 22 at 6 pm. at Carroll County High School.
Relay For Life’s theme this year is “We Are In This Together.” Relay is a resource for victims and their families so they are not battling cancer alone. It is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by community volunteers with proceeds going to support research for cures to Cancer. The Society’s toll free number is 1-800-227-2345. It is open 24 hours and 7 days a week where people may call for information. Second Chance Prom Organizer Judy Beasley said the Prom will be May 5 from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. at Carroll County High School. Proceeds from it support Relay. People may contact Beasley for Second Chance Prom information at 276-733-8008.
Council approved a joint proclamation with Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County supporting Building Safety Month from the International Code Council Building safety group.
“Last year the joint campaign of Carroll County, City of Galax, Grayson County and Hillsville won best campaign for smaller counties in the State of Virginia,” said Town Manager Retta Jackson.
The proclamation calls for recognition growth and strength in communities depends on the safety and economic value of homes and infrastructure which serves citizens everyday and during natural disasters. This confidence is achieved through building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, design pros, laborers and others in the construction industry.
These “guardians” are members of the International Code Council, a U.S.-based organization devoted to creating high quality codes to protect citizens in the buildings where they live, learn, work, worship and play.
According to the Hillsville Police Department law Enforcement Activity Numbers report for April 1 to April 15, the Department conducted 20 criminal investigations. HPD performed 407 business checks, 24 house checks and 18 welfare checks. The report indicates 10 false/unfounded calls were received; 241 traffic speeding summons were issued and 42 reckless driving summons were served.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.