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  • Tate, Walls seek Sulphur Springs seat in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A former Sulphur Springs representative and mayor has challenged the incumbent for the northwestern ward of Hillsville Town Council in the municipal elections May 6.
    In an echo of previous contests, Bill Tate will try to unseat incumbent Billy Walls Sr. — though in the past their positions were reversed.

    Bill Tate
    Tate indicated that he wanted to run for town council because Hillsville has an image problem.
    Tate didn’t say that Walls was a part of what he sees as bad for the town.

  • Virginia Produce incident cause still unknown

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia Produce officials say they have hired an environmental firm to continue to investigate what sickened workers there on April 1, according to a company news release.
    Several employees got headaches and felt nauseous all at once at around 12:30 p.m. at the company’s Carroll County Industrial Park facility.

  • Carr to challenge Griffith in 9th District

    ARARAT — Former Congressional candidate William Carr of Patrick County has announced that he will challenge Rep. Morgan Griffith in the Virginia 9th District Congressional race in November.
    Carr and Griffith were among the six candidates seeking nomination at the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives seat.

  • Zoning revisions continue in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Planning Commission has taken on the tall task of revising the county’s zoning ordinance by a May deadline, with members examining and making revisions to several articles of the ordinance at five meetings thus far and several special called meetings since February.

    After originally voting to repeal the ordinance in January, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors put that on hold and instead charged the commission in February with revising the ordinance to make it more “user-friendly.”

  • 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.