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  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

  • Carroll authorities capture armed man

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office arrested a Cana man on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened police officers and attempted to flee from arrest.

  • Hospital planning for 2015

    The Twin County Regional Healthcare’s CEO says 2014 was “a year of investment and a year of growth.”

    Jon Applebaum addressed the TCRH Community Advisory Group on Dec. 4 to review Twin County Regional Hospital’s past year and look at what is planned for 2015.

    The meeting took place after an open house for the new MRI scanner.

  • Ararat man faces multiple charges

    HILLSVILLE — An Ararat man was arrested on Dec. 3 and faces multiple charges, after allegedly breaking into a Cana convenience store and stealing two cars on the same day.

    According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, officers received an alarm call to T&M Grocery Store at 12178 Fancy Gap Highway just after midnight on Dec. 3.

    Lt. Tony Horton of the sheriff’s department responded to the store and discovered the front door glass had been completely broken out.

  • Log truck overturns on 52

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52 on Monday, when a logging truck lost control and overturned, blocking one lane of traffic.

    According to a report from Trooper C.M. Delp, Kevin Wayne Goins, 42, of Mount Airy, N.C., was operating a 1987 Ford L9000 log truck loaded with logs, traveling north on 52, when his vehicle ran off the right side of the highway and into the ditch.

    “When [Goins] tried to bring it out, it overturned, and the logs fell off of the truck,” Delp said.

  • Board kicks around idea for CCMS soccer team

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board heard a number of requests from young visitors for a middle school soccer team during the citizen comments portion of the Nov. 11 meeting.

    The idea of a soccer team was introduced to the board in October by middle school principal Marc Quesenberry, who told the board that interest in the sport had spiked this year.

  • Galax to fill council vacancy in January

    In the wake of former council member Bill Webb’s resignation from his seat on Galax City Council, the remaining members will need to hold a special election to fill his seat.

    Council elected to file a petition and writ of election with court to hold it in November 2015, so that the special election could be paid for from the November election budget.

  • Carroll IDA makes Wildwood, Vanguard payments

    HILLSVILLE — Santa might not arrive for another couple of weeks, but the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) stepped into St. Nick’s generous boots on Monday to gift the county supervisors with two checks, one for $1.27 million and another for nearly $119,000.

    The payments were for the Wildwood Commerce Park project and the Parkdale/Vanguard Furniture property.

    IDA Chairman Barry Hicks presented the checks on behalf of the IDA, noting that the authority “has been working to assist the county in any way possible.”