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  • General Assembly reaches budget deal

    RICHMOND — Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Speaker Bill Howell, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Chuck Colgan and leaders from the General Assembly money committees announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on how to tackle Virginia’s budget shortfall. The agreement will close $346 million this fiscal year and will address the $536 million gap for Fiscal Year (FY) 16.

  • Memorials look back at 9/11

    HILLSVILLE — Thirteen years later, the nation is still haunted by the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Most people who are asked can give an exact recollection of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the attacks, and few have forgotten the terror, anger, sadness and loss that they felt when the images were forever seared into their memory.

  • New device will warn drivers of their speed

    INDEPENDENCE — Drivers with lead feet beware. If you have a hard time driving the speed limit, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool for reminding you to slow it down.

    The “speed trailer” is a lightweight, portable unit that is powered by a small battery and can be placed pretty much anywhere. A radar unit on wheels, the speed trailer flashes a display of passing drivers’ real-time speeds compared to the speed limit. The purpose of these devices is to reduce speeds and increase awareness of local speed limits.

  • Small plane crashes on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Police and rescue workers converged on the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area on Wednesday afternoon.

    State police received a call at 1:12 p.m. on Sept. 10, and responded to I-77 southbound, near the 5.8 milemarker. They arrived to find a 1939 J-3 Cub, operated by Bernard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Niguel, Ca, nose-down in the median, down a steep, wooded embankment.

  • Harassment alleged in line break response

    HILLSVILLE — An incident involving a sewer line break on Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap last month resulted in allegations of harassment by property owner Stephen Gregson, against Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

    Larrowe has denied the claims, stating that he was upholding his responsibilities to protect the county and that he took what he considered appropriate actions when he feared that someone had maliciously tampered with the line.

  • Local man killed in N.C. crash

    UPDATED 10/26/14:

    Charles Wayne Goodson, 41, of Galax, died in a single-vehicle automobile accident in North Carolina early Friday morning.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper A.M. Russ, who investigated the accident, Goodson was traveling southeast in Sampson County on Interstate 40 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when it crossed the center line.

  • Hospital to renovate, add new MRI, more doctors

    Twin County Regional Healthcare has big plans for the year’s final quarter: new physicians, state-of-the-art medical equipment, paper-to-electronic filing system upgrades, and a master plan to renovate the facility’s interior design.

    In December, the hospital will have an open house to introduce the facility’s new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which is expected at the hospital in November.

  • EMS offers variety of career opportunities

    “When you see an ambulance parked in someone’s driveway and people are inside, and it’s not going anywhere, the paramedics aren’t lounging around in there playing a hand of cards. They’re working on the patient.”

    Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore would like to see some myths about what goes on in ambulances dispelled. He’d also like to see the public made aware of the local education and employment opportunities in his field.

  • 9/11 memorial service to be held in Galax

    “There were people in their homes who were terrified that this was the end of the world. I mean, this was it for us, you know? It was a scary time.”

    Stephanie Rinehart recalls her life on Sept. 11, 2001, when she was a Washington, D.C., resident.

    “Greg was actually at work near the Pentagon. It’s always been a kind of very emotional thing for us,” she said, referring to her husband. “I remember I was at home the morning it happened, and living that close to D.C., we thought we were under attack.”

  • Hiss-teria? Snakes reported in store

    FANCY GAP — The Dollar General store in Fancy Gap has re-opened after reports of snakes being found inside the business on Labor Day weekend resulted in the store closing for a day and a half.

    Reports on social media claimed that employees had found everything from a few rat snakes to a den of copperheads. However, representatives from the chain would not comment as to what kind or how many snakes were actually found.