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  • Senior program shutting down

    The regional Retired Senior Volunteer Program ended March 31, after its contract for federal funding was not extended.
    District Three Governmental Cooperative is notifying participants in RSVP this week.
    “Our program began 30 years ago in 1984, and at its peak served over 1,000 volunteers,” District Three said in a news release. “The federal funding for the program has never been adequate, and the loss of United Way support in recent years has made it increasingly difficult to meet the local match requirement.”
    The RSVP Program serves about 200 senior volunteers.

  • Grants Supermarket to take old Kroger spot

    Ron Martin, co-owner and CEO of Hometown Grocery LLC, known locally as Grants Supermarket, has just announced plans to locate a new supermarket in the old Kroger building in Galax.

  • Galax group's petition backs Medicaid expansion

    A petition in favor of expanding Medicaid coverage for 191,000 poor and disabled Virginians will be delivered Thursday by Galax residents to Del. Jeffrey Campbell.
    The petition is signed by 22 people. It was created on MoveOn’s petition site and takes the position that expanding Medicaid will help create 30,000 new jobs and save Virginia taxpayers billions of dollars per year.

  • Fifty people treated after Va. Produce incident

    HILLSVILLE — Despite Virginia Department of Emergency Management and hazardous materials team members monitoring the air in Virginia Produce on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, emergency officials say they still do not know a cause for the incident that sickened more than 50 workers there.
    While early reports called the incident at the Carroll County Industrial Park facility possible carbon monoxide poisoning, that has not been confirmed.

  • Helmick running for city council seat

    Ches Helmick has put his name in the hat for this year’s Galax City Council election on May 6.
    He is the only political newcomer in a field of five candidates for a spot among four available seats. All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

  • Adkins to seek seat in Senate

    MARTINSVILLE — Current Martinsville mayor, Kim Adkins, will not seek reelection for local office in order to make a bid for the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat for the 20th District, which includes Galax and part of Carroll County.

  • Slinging mud for a good cause

    INDEPENDENCE — Slinging mud is often a feature of government meetings, but earlier this month it had a more positive spin.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a special use permit for a mud bog festival to be held on the farm of James Carico near Fries on Mothers Day weekend, May 9-11.

  • Twin County Airport dedicates new terminal

    HILLSVILLE — The governor’s King Air turbo prop, which ferried several Virginia Department of Aviation officials to the Twin County Airport’s terminal dedication Thursday, sat at the region’s “front door.”
    Local, state and federal officials all found that new front door to the community impressive — and they believe that business and industry leaders will think so, too.

  • Home a total loss from fire

     

    Twin County E-911 received a report of a fire at the Coulson residence at 824 Wildcat Road in the Laurel section of Carroll County on Thursday at approximately 4 p.m.

    Hillsville Fire Department officials said the residents believed that the fire started in a heater mounted in the ceiling of a bathroom and then spread throughout the doublewide’s roof.

    Galax firefighters responded with Hillsville and members of Laurel Rescue Squad.

    Firefighters considered the home a total loss from fire and smoke damage.

  • Zipline attraction planned for Whitetop

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Planning Commission approved a special use permit following a public hearing on March 18 for the operation of a zip line ride in the Whitetop area.
    Developer Lenny Cottom attended the meeting to answer questions about the proposed project that will be on property owned by John Doyle Hensley, near the Virginia Creeper Trail.