Improvement grants for Hillsville announced

By David Broyles -

Hillsville Town Council at its Aug. 24 meeting received verbal approval of two grants for improvement projects in the town.

Town Manager Retta Jackson said one grant in the amount of $15,000 has been earmarked for a proposed master water meter being installed at Laurel Ridge Apartments. The second grant, totalling $25,000, will go to installing an emergency generator at the town wastewater treatment plant.

“This is such good news for the sanitation plant,” said Mayor Gregory Crowder. “I remember when I was first elected mayor we had a power outage and a major storm system with flooding. If anything leaks from the plant we could be in for major fines. This lessens the burden on the town and is one less thing to worry about.”

Jackson said she had not received word from The Virginia Department of Highways on when a crosswalk painting project in town would resume and noted the safety concerns of unmarked crosswalks, especially near Hillsville Elementary.

Crowder and all council members praised recent clean up and fix up efforts by the Hillsville beautification commitee on Main Street. Pine Creek Councilman Ed Terry told the group new flags and banners had been installed with more ordered which would be up by the Historic Hillsville Chili Shootout on Oct. 1. Laurel Fork Councilman Greg Yonce commended the Friends of Hillsville and others on another downtown concert which ran well in spite of rain. Pipers Gap Councilman David Young told audience members the public is invited to attend Friends of Hillsville meetings.

Sulphur Springs Councilman Bill Tate asked for support for the family of the late “Lucky” Woodyard, who had recently been presented “The Tenth Man” award recognizing his many ears of dedication and support of local sports. Woodyard was also a former staffer for The Carroll News.

Police Chief Wesley Yonce’s report of daily activity from Aug. 6 to Aug. 19 indicated the department conducted 36 criminal investigations. A total of 12 criminal arrests occured with 54 traffic summons and 26 motorists assisted. There were 24 false or unfounded calls, 13 carded business checks and 262 uncarded business checks. The department served 20 warrants during this time period and conducted two foot patrols.

In other business, Council approved a parade permit for a Christian Family Fun Day on Sept. 19. The parade is slated to begin at 11 a.m. after assembling at the Carroll County Courthouse Complex. It is sponsored by the Coulson Church of the Brethren and will feature various Christian churches and organizations.

The parade route will be from the courthouse complex to the VFW Post 1115 grounds. According to the application, the combination of vehicles and foot traffic could include as many as 150 persons and is “for Christian Families to show there is still some people who love to share Jesus’ love.”

Council approved September 24 as the date for the Carroll County High Schol Homecoming Parade. The event is being sponsored by the Carroll County Touchdown Club. The starting time is set for 6:30 p.m. and will include high school and middle school groups, the Carroll County Recreation Department, Hillsville Vollunteer Fire Department, Hillsville Police Department, Carroll County School District, football players and cheerleaders and marching bands.

The tentative parade route will be held on Highway 52 South from Carroll County Middle School, down Main Street and will turn right onto U.S. 58 West and stopping at the VFW Post.

Council also approved a request from the Friends of Hillsville to hang a banner across U.S. 52 and Main Street advertising the Historic Hillsville Chili Shootout set for Oct. 17. Town crews will install the banner at least 30 days prior to the event.

David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.

By David Broyles

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