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  • Rivals in Senate race divided on how to fix economy

    Just as in the presidential campaign, how to shore up a shaky economy and put the nation’s fiscal house in order occupies center stage in Virginia’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine have put forth sharply divergent plans for fixing America’s economic woes.
    And perhaps just as relevant for voters who will choose between them on Nov. 6, both candidates have records — Kaine as governor, Allen as governor and senator — that yield clues about how they would approach fiscal issues.

  • Carroll home lost to fire

    HILLSVILLE — Talissa Huff could only save herself and her three dogs after her house caught fire Tuesday afternoon.
    Her rental home at 2620 Birch Tree Road went up in flames at about 4:48 p.m., when she tried to stoke a fire she had going in a stove in the basement.
    “I lost everything,” she said, while volunteer firefighters from the Hillsville and Galax fire departments continued to pour water on the house.
    Huff even tried to go back inside and save her children’s baby pictures.

  • Newcomer, freshman fighting for 9th District seat

    The race to represent the sprawling 9th Congressional District pits a freshman incumbent who’s made a brief career of speaking out in opposition to federal regulations on coal against a challenger who favors a “bottom-up” economy built on consumption of locally produced goods.
    First-time candidate Democrat Anthony Flaccavento of Abingdon is challenging Republican Morgan Griffith of Salem for the seat.

  • Training center residents learn skills for future

    HILLSVILLE — Even as Virginia’s philosophy of caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities changes, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center will launch a new community outreach effort at 514 W. Stuart Drive.
    Since the training center opened, Parke Quesenberry has seen the trend move away from facility-based care to more community-based services.

  • Company helps wounded veterans, first responders

    Vaughan-Bassett in Galax is donating furniture to an organization that builds houses for wounded military veterans, firefighters and first responders.

  • Hillsville forgives part of church utility bill

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville church that had a hidden water leak over two billing periods received a $2,100 discount off its bill from the town.
    Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church did not realize that someone hooked a water pipe directly into a drain for the sewage system.
    This resulted in an outside spigot being turned on and running for a long time, creating a water and sewer bill that could have been as much as $14,323.74.

  • Are we ready for the 'Frankenstorm'?

    Hurricane Sandy.
    The Frankenstorm.
    The Snoreastercane.
    Whatever you want to call it, the storm hitting the East Coast this week is a freak of nature, says Kevin Myatt, weather columnist for The Roanoke Times.
    For Southwest Virginia, the merging of two extreme weather systems likely will mean high winds, heavy rain and possibly a record October snowfall.
    Anything is possible, Myatt says, but the storm is bringing more tricks than treats.

  • Hillsville takes aim at deer

    HILLSVILLE — Conservation officials don’t want to stand in the way of Hillsville’s aim to control deer, but it’s not as easy as granting a town-wide kill order, said Department of Game and Inland Fisheries representatives.
    Allen Boynton, regional wildlife manager, and conservation officer Ryland Cox gave the town options in addition to targeting deer by hunting, including going after deer on public property and the state issuing more kill permits to individual land owners.

  • Hillsville continues search for new town manager, police chief

    HILLSVILLE — Town council continues its headhunting for two leadership positions, and one citizen says the best candidates already work for Hillsville.
    Filling the vacant town manager and police chief jobs received only a few minutes of attention from Hillsville Town Council members during the open session of the Oct. 22 meeting.
    After a 40-minute closed session, Mayor Greg Crowder announced that interviews for the top candidates for police chief will occur at the beginning of November.

  • Galax drivers cautioned about 4-way stops