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  • $16 million lawsuit filed in Easter Sunday crashes

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  • Tougher laws for senior drivers take effect Jan. 1

    Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers go into effect in Virginia on Jan. 1, including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific procedures for in-person renewals.

    The new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80.

    Virginia drivers age 75 and older will no longer be eligible to renew their driver’s license electronically or by mail.

    Instead, they must apply in person for every renewal, beginning at age 75.

  • City, counties receive enterprise zone status

    RICHMOND — Galax, Carroll and Grayson are part of a new regional enterprise zone, which will help with business recruitment and expansion through state grants and incentives.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations, and the application from the city and counties was approved.

  • Store donates to Community Kitchen

    The Hillsville Super Dollar donated $1,000 to God’s Storehouse and Community Kitchen on Dec. 19.

    Darren Phillips, district operations manager (also pastor at Galax Pentecostal Holiness Church), and Brandon Desmond, Hillsville Super Dollar store manager, met with the Kitchen’s Becky McLendon at its Rooftop of Virginia headquarters in Galax.

  • Bill would help terminal patients get experimental treatments

    When the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January, Sen. Bill Stanley plans to introduce a piece of healthcare legislation aimed at helping terminally ill patients.

    Stanley (R-20th District) represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

    Stanley’s SB732, seeks to expand access to experimental drugs and other devices to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to utilize these treatments in order to prolong or save their lives.

  • Patients falling into healthcare 'coverage gap'

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.

    The sessions usually end in gratitude — and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net.

    But occasionally there’s frustration, even anger, from people who find the premiums and deductibles in the federal marketplace too much for their pocketbook.

  • Governor McAuliffe announces $1 million investment in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Thomas Automation Management (TAM), an automation firm that solves industrial IT problems for companies around the world, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, creating 15 new jobs.

    It was the fifth economic development announcement for Carroll County this year, officials noted as they spoke of the partnerships that have been developed for the sake of economic growth.

  • Police sex bribe case has Carroll connection

    SALEM — The case against a Salem police detective and federal drug agent charged with trading lenient sentences for sex has a surprising connection to Carroll County.

    Kevin Christopher Moore, 42, of Roanoke County, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient sentence.

    Media reports about the story indicate that Moore first arranged to have sex with a federal defendant at a motel in Hillsville, before choosing instead to hold their rendezvous in Fancy Gap.

  • Grayson employees praised for United Way donations

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The United Way’s fundraising efforts in Grayson County are going well, according to Chris Brown, the organization’s Twin County area resource development manager.

    “Our campaign goal this year is $100,000 and as of today [Dec. 11], we’re at about 66 percent, so we are right on schedule to make our campaign goal by end of year,” Brown told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during his presentation at last week’s regular meeting.

  • Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy

    Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb’s unexpired term until the special election.

    The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.

    Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.