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  • Branch closes U.S. 58 project for winter

    Branch Highways has finished its second season of the U.S. 58 widening project in the Laurel Fork area of Carroll County.
    “The winter weather is a severe limitation on highway construction activities so we will have to work in a limited capacity until next spring,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent, in a news release.  

  • Bill would create animal abusers registry

    RICHMOND — Senate Bill 32 proposes to create a public animal cruelty registry to highlight “persons convicted of a felony” involving pets, police dogs and more, for consideration in the 2014 General Assembly session.
    State Sen. Bill Stanley, who represents Galax and part of Carroll County, authored the bill that will go before the legislators when they convene later this month, according to the proposal’s text.

  • Adoption system keeps family dreams on hold

    Katie and Steve Day get a call every few weeks.
    A social worker tells them something that would make their dreams come true — a child could be headed to their home.
    In 2011, when the calls started, their stomachs would knot in excitement. They’d stock the refrigerator and put sheets on beds in their three spare bedrooms. They’d pray for guidance as new parents to a child who could have physical and emotional scars.
    Then they’d wait.

  • UPDATE: Missing teen found

    UPDATE 12:48 PM:

    Galax police report that Phillips has been found safe in Greensboro, N.C.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

  • Community center looks back on successful year

    LAMBSBURG — The Lambsburg Community Center’s chairman foresees that a new library completed in 2013 could become a main attraction for Southern Carroll.
    Looking back at the community group’s accomplishments last year, Chairman Phillip Berrier expressed high hopes for the library that many volunteers have worked on.

  • County looks at controlling dogs deemed dangerous

    HILLSVILLE — Should Carroll County officials create a list of dangerous dogs that can be found around the county?
    That was the question recently raised by Supervisor Sam Dickson at a county board meeting.
    Dickson said he got the idea by reading a news article about other localities in Virginia having a “dangerous dog registry.”

  • It's checkup time for Affordable Care Act in Va.

    The rubber hits the road this week for the Affordable Care Act, as most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
    But the health care law’s journey began nearly four years ago, and many tenets of the 900-page legislation have already taken effect.
    Here’s a look at its impact in Virginia so far:

    Closing the Medicare doughnut hole
    The doughnut hole is a gap in coverage from Medicare prescription drug plans. In most cases, recipients must pay a larger portion of drug costs at this stage.

  • Pay for insurance or pay a penalty?

    Not everyone must be covered by health insurance in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act.
    People who pay a tax penalty can go on their merry way.
    The health care law is meant to extend coverage to an estimated 29 million Americans by 2016. It will allow another 30 million people to remain uninsured.
    Most of them will be exempt from the individual mandate and will owe the government nothing for their choice.

  • Va. ABC sets another record for alcohol sales

    For the 15th consecutive year, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s stores have had record-setting sales, according to a news release.
    Gross sales increased to $769 million, up $35 million from the previous fiscal year. Profits have risen to $134 million, which is an increase of $2 million from last year.

  • United Way campaign nears goal

    With only two weeks left of the 2013 campaign, United Way Virginia Highlands’ Twin County region has topped 75 of its goal by raising more than $114,000 to date.
    With less than $36,000 left to raise, United Way staff and volunteers aren’t celebrating just yet.   
    “This has been an exciting and successful year for the Twin County Region, but we’ve still got a ways to go,” said Chris Brown, resource development manager of the Twin County Region.