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  • USDA takes action on Andrews Farming

    HILLSVILLE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Andrews Farming Inc. in Hillsville.

    The USDA announced in a news release dated Feb. 9 that it has filed the action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). According to the release, Andrews Farming Inc. allegedly failed to make payment to 11 produce sellers in the amount of $513,226 between December 2014 and June 2015.

    Andrews Farming is based at the Carroll County Industrial Park in Hillsville.

  • Behind the Badge: bill would keep officers' identities secret

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A bill that would allow all Virginia law enforcement officers’ names to be withheld from the public would be the first of its kind in the country, police accountability and open records advocates say.

    The proposal by Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) – SB552 – excludes the names of law enforcement and fire marshals from mandatory disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and makes them a personnel record.

  • Marye represented area for 29 years

    SHAWSVILLE — Madison Marye, a longtime Democratic state senator whose now-dissolved 39th District once included Galax, Grayson County and part of Carroll County, died Tuesday at age 90.

    Marye, a Shawsville farmer, was known as a passionate member of the General Assembly who fought for his rural Southwest Virginia constituents and gave colorful speeches on the Senate floor.

  • Bills would have banned discrimination

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — This year’s last remaining legislative proposals to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity were snuffed out Feb. 18.

    The two Senate-passed measures failed to advance from a House of Delegates subcommittee, the same panel that rejected a group of similar House bills earlier this month. Like them, the Senate bills were tabled and referred for a year’s study to the Virginia Code Commission, which supervises the codification of state laws.

  • Cause of Woodlawn fire unknown

    The cause of the structure fire that burned a house to the ground on Laurel Mountain Lane in Woodlawn last Sunday is still unknown, according to Hillsville Volunteer Fire Chief Donnie Spangler.

    “We really don’t know,” said Spangler. “There was nothing suspicious. The gate was locked from the outside. Nobody had been there in a while.”

    He added that there were no injuries or loss of life in the fire.

  • High winds cause damage

    Gazette photographer Larry Chambers took these photos of wind damage from storms that blew through the Twin Counties on Wednesday.

    A large limb broke out of a tree near Wolf Glade Grocery, with some of the limbs falling across a utility line.

    One lane of Glendale Road in Galax was blocked while the city maintenance crew removed a pine fell that fell near Galax Country Club.

  • Town council incumbents announce election plans

    With the filing deadline for this year’s council elections approaching, several Grayson County incumbents have declared that they plan to run for another term.

    According to Grayson County Voter Registrar Cody Wingate, elections for mayor and/or town council members in Independence, Fries and Troutdale will be held May 3 this year. The filing deadline to appear on the ballot is March 1 at 7 p.m.

  • Virginia Lottery to present $1 million check in Cana

    From Virginia Lottery:

    CANA — Ever since Saturday’s Powerball drawing, the million-dollar question in Carroll County has been: Who bought that $1 million winning Powerball ticket in Cana?

    On Wednesday at 11 a.m., the question will be answered in a presentation at the store where the winning ticket was bought — Store #3 (formerly Cana Exxon), at 16305 Fancy Gap Highway in Cana.

  • Voters must pick one of two primaries

    Galax Voter Registrar Stacy Reavis wants to remind voters that March 1 will see a dual primary — hence, a dual election – but they can only vote in one.

    “I think there’s a lot of confusion about that,” said Reavis. “A lot of folks get to the polls and ask why they have to tell which they’re voting in. They’re afraid that we’re registering them for one party or the other, but we’re not. It throws them a little bit.”

  • Car hits logging truck in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE – An SUV and a logging truck collided in Hillsville early on the morning of Feb. 18.

    According to police reports, at 7:45 a.m. last Thursday, an L&R logging truck driven by John White, 58, of Hillsville was heading north on Archa Street towards U.S. 52. The truck was going up a hill and was traveling at a slow rate of speed due to the heavy load it was carrying.