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  • 'Andrew's Law' faces hurdles in the House

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal meant to protect state “Samaritan” workers, named in memory of fallen Trooper Andrew Fox, has been approved unanimously by the Senate, but family members worry that the bill will not get a fair hearing in the House of Delegates.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car while directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • End is near for Sunday hunting ban

    LRICHMOND — For sportsmen, at long last, times are changing in Virginia.
    The Virginia Senate has approved legislation to repeal a long-standing state ban on some forms of Sunday hunting, a development that all but guarantees the days are numbered for the decades-old prohibition.
    Russell County Democratic Sen. Phillip Puckett’s SB154 was approved on a 29-10 vote. It would allow Sunday hunting on private property with the consent of landowners.

  • Congregation breaks ground for new church

    HILLSVILLE — Dozens of members of Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness joined Pastor Jeff Pickett on his birthday Sunday to break ground on the first phase of the church’s new facility.
    The congregation gathered Feb. 9 on the large, cleared lot near Virginia Street for the ceremony celebrating the 500-seat sanctuary, which will also have Sunday school rooms and a parking lot.
    Along with Pickett and the congregation members, former pastor Ron Fredricks and Bishop Preston Mathena participated in the blessing for the church.

  • Auxiliary gym could solve many issues at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Adding an auxiliary gym along and other improvements to Carroll County High School would solve a variety of space, accessibility and security issues there, Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the county supervisors Monday.
    Blankenship attended the regular February supervisors’ meeting at the request of Pine Creek Representative Bob Martin, in connection with a $3.4 million capital improvement plan request involving the high school and an auxiliary gym.

  • Fight for Kroger continues

    It might be difficult to push a shopping cart through Galax’s Kroger parking lot next Tuesday without accidentally bumping into one of the store’s supporters.
    On Feb. 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the blacktop could be filled with community members who are sad, angry, frustrated and determined to keep the business open.

  • Hillsville town manager resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson has announced that he will step down as Hillsville’s town manager at the end of this month, after just more than a year on the job.
    Jackson submitted his resignation last week, after he was presented with an opportunity to lead a foundation that he has been a part of for several years.

  • Prison ministry growing at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.
    R.B. Anderson is conducting services while also in training at River North, after having recently been hired by the River North Ministry Council (RNMC) to the part-time chaplain position.

  • Bill offers new hope for training centers

    RICHMOND — While specific bills to protect Virginia’s training centers have failed in the General Assembly, supporters of the facilities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are heartened by a Senate proposal meant to protect residents from being transferred to places with inferior care.

  • Arson info reward increased

    A Galax man has again upped the reward that he will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with a fire that destroyed the old Stevens Creek school building in October 2012.

  • 'Andrew's Law' wins Senate approval

    RICHMOND — “Andrew’s Law,” named after a fallen Virginia State Police trooper, has received unanimous approval in two Senate committees and was headed to a third.