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  • Library, newspaper working to preserve records

    A campaign to preserve decades of old area newspapers by converting them microfilm to digital format has been started by the Galax-Carroll Regional Library Foundation.
    The campaign, called “Save the History,” is geared towards preserving rolls of old newspapers on microfilm from the 1930s until 1982. The rolls contain thousands of old newspapers full of local history.
    There are 44 reels at the Galax library, which contain approximately 3,300 issues of the Gazette, according to John Nunn of Galax, who is heading the campaign.

  • Study: 1,000+ going hungry in Galax area

    According to the results of a new study from Feeding America, more than 1,000 Galax residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
    These findings are from Feeding America’s annual “Map the Meal Gap” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population, and children under age 18.
    According to the data, approximately 1,130 individuals in the Galax area — 16.2 percent of the city’s population — are at risk for hunger this year.

  • Carroll to go after unpaid taxes

    HILLSVILLE — A list of Carroll’s delinquent taxpayers will likely be published in September, after a discussion at the August county board of supervisors meeting.
    County supervisors had requested a list of those who are not caught up on their current tax payments from the treasurer. Having received it, they talked about giving these citizens a few more days to pay.
    “We’ve got the list. The next step is publication, right?” Supervisor Josh Hendrick asked.

  • Democrats pick Haga to run for treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― Robert “Kelly” Haga has been declared the Democratic Party’s candidate for the office of treasurer for Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Haga will run against Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates George R. “Dicky” Whitaker, Stephanie Brewer and Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr.

  • Chaplain chosen, ministry forms at River North prison

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility is anticipated to provide a significant boost to local businesses and increase employment in Independence and Grayson County when it opens this fall, but another significant way it has already impacted the county is by unifying many area churches and religious groups with a common goal of ministering to inmates.

  • Three injured in I-77 crash

    AUSTINVILLE ― First responders rushed to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 Monday afternoon, when a driver and two passengers received injuries after their car flipped multiple times near the 21 mile marker.

  • Alternative sentencing saves Carroll $90,000

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s day reporting program, the community service alternative to incarceration, has saved the county approximately $90,000 in its first 90 days, according to a report by Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.
    Twelve non-violent offenders have entered the day reporting program after their sentencing by the courts, Lyons told the Carroll supervisors at their Aug. 12 meeting.
    One has already completed all the required community service, 10 continue their work and one has failed.

  • United Way returns with revamped campaign

    Rather than raising money to meet a specific monetary goal, the organization is trying to recruit more donors from the community to help as many people as it possibly can.

  • No conflict of interest found for Larrowe

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s administrator himself is the latest person to ask for an outside opinion on whether he had a conflict of interest while in office, in connection with a real estate deal.
    The answer from the Dickenson County commonwealth’s attorney is “no.”
    Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins broached the topic at Monday’s county board meeting, during a presentation by Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons on an unrelated matter.

  • No conflict of interest found for Larrowe

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County’s administrator himself is the latest person to ask for an outside opinion on whether he had a conflict of interest while in office, in connection with a real estate deal.
    The answer from the Dickenson County commonwealth’s attorney is “no.”
    Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins broached the topic at Monday’s county board meeting, during a presentation by Carroll Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons on an unrelated matter.