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  • Work for U.S. 58 in Laurel Fork on the way

    RICHMOND — State officials have found funding to advance widening of U.S. 58, including a five-mile segment in Laurel Fork, according to a news release from Gov. Bob McDonnell.

    The governor said the Virginia Department of Transportation drove the project forward through its public-private contract with construction company Branch Highways. It follows on the bumper of completion of U.s. 58 improvements at Hillsville.

  • 2011: A Year of Weird Weather

     

  • Residential values fall, commercial property rises

    The a recent tax reassessment of 3,900 Galax homes and commercial properties indicated that the value of homes fell by 2 percent while the value of commercial property rose by 2 percent, said David Hankley, commissioner of revenue for the city.
    “So, it essentially remained unchanged from the last reassessment in 2008,” said Hankley. “Everything remained flat.”
    Over the past three years, Galax has seen about a 30 percent reduction in the number of homes sold, he noted.

  • Rooftop hires interim director

    The board of directors has named Christine Thompson as interim executive director of Rooftop of Virginia, after Rooftop’s former director and human resources manager were charged with embezzlement.
    Thompson, who has served at another community action program for 30 years, began in the position last Thursday. Thompson worked at Clinch Valley Community Action Program as deputy director for 23 years and executive director for the last 11 years.

  • Hillsville redrawing boundaries

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials are redrawing Hillsville’s four voting wards and will hold a public hearing on the proposal at their Dec. 12 meeting.
    Just as other localities had to do after the numbers from the 2010 Census came out, the goal of redistricting involves equalizing the number of voters in the wards.
    One of the biggest changes includes adding all the new area annexed on the west side of town out to Interstate 77’s Exit 14 to the Pipers Gap ward, according to information from town Treasurer Judy Bolt.

  • Galax seeks federal grant for public art project

    Sculptures and murals, like those seen throughout Charlottesville, Roanoke and Chicago, contribute to tourism and the quality of life for locals, Council Member Bob Lazo said at last month’s Galax City Council meeting.
    Lazo asked that the city put aside a small portion of the budget to fund public art displays.
    Brenda Marrah, the city’s grants administrator, plans to apply for ArtPlace funding to assist with this.

  • Goad resigns as town attorney

     

  • County maintenance department keeps busy

    HILLSVILLE — Building projects and regular efforts have kept and will continue to keep supervisor Ricky Dowdy’s maintenance department busy, he told the Carroll County supervisors on Nov. 21.
    Dowdy reported to the supervisors about work his department has completed and is ongoing, which includes projects at most county properties.

  • Hunter becomes hunted in Grayson

     

  • CenturyLink offers reward to locate copper thieves

    CenturyLink wants copper cable thieves brought to justice and the telecommunications company is offering a reward up to $2,000 to help accomplish this.
    Citizens can claim the reward by reporting information that directly leads to the arrest and prosecution of anyone stealing the company’s cable, primarily copper cable.