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  • Galax teen reported missing
  • Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart

    The Galax Police Department received a report at 4:49 p.m. today, Thursday, that a Walmart associate was told there was possibly a bomb located in the store.
    Galax police responded and the store was evacuated pending a search. Explosive canines were used to check the store.
    Galax police are seeking a white male, approximately 40 years old,  6’3” tall, wearing a faded red T-shirt and tan or khaki pants. The suspect was known to be located in the service desk area prior to communicating the threat.
    The store was cleared to reopen at 8:45 PM.

  • Register now to vote in Nov. 2 election

    Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
    Applications are taken at any of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ 74 customer service centers. Local voter registrars also take applications.
    (Monday will be observed as the Columbus Day holiday by DMV and many other state and federal offices).
    Residents should check their voting status before the deadline to make sure they are registered in the correct polling precinct.

  • Supervisors still hope to find school construction funding

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County officials say they were shocked to learn that the Carroll County school system will not receive any of the $26.7 million sought in federal funding to make school improvements.
    Carroll learned a week ago that it would not be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through USDA-Rural Development.

  • Study: Veterans' services lacking in Va.

    A new study says veterans across Virginia often have trouble getting the services they need, especially adequate mental health treatment.
    The study, released last Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, is the first in recent memory to look comprehensively at veterans’ needs in the commonwealth. While most of its findings came as no surprise to the state officials who commissioned it, the research will go a long way in helping to secure money to better serve veterans, said Catherine Wilson, executive director of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

  • Projects receive federal funding

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several Twin County improvement projects received federal facilities funding last Wednesday, including $200,000 to renovate the Carroll County Public Library and more than $170,000 for other community needs.
    Besides the Rural Development Community Facilities Program funds, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also announced $15 million in awards to 129 rural communities to specifically support library projects.

  • Free Clinic needs cash injection

    With only $400 in its savings account, executive director Dina Clower is talking about the threat of closing the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties due to lack of funding.
    She walks through the new hallways of the clinic, which recently relocated from Oldtown Street to 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax for more space, during its open house tour last Thursday.

  • Commission to consider Hillsville annexation

    HILLSVILLE — The Commission on Local Government will hold its November meeting in Hillsville to gather more information about the voluntary boundary adjustment between the town and Carroll County.
    The commission will hear feedback from citizens and tour the affected area.

  • Memorial garden to be dedicated at TCRH

    After years of planning and months of planting, a memorial garden at Twin County Regional Hospital is ready to open.

  • Board has no authority to consider Oracle appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving The Oracle Institute was brief and confusing for about 20 citizens in attendance last week.
    Citizens filed into the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, many of them holding handwritten or typed notes, thinking they would have an opportunity to speak. However, the Sept. 23 hearing focused on whether the Board of Zoning Appeals has jurisdiction to hear Oracle's appeal of the Board of Supervisors' June denial of the permit.
    According to Virginia law, it doesn't.