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  • McGrady organizing 6th District campaign

     

    HILLSVILLE ― Carroll County native Jonathan McGrady recently filed papers with the Carroll County Registrar’s Office to organize a campaign for 6th District House of Delegates.  

    McGrady plans to make an official announcement today, Monday, at 5 p.m. in the Carroll County Industrial Park at the old Parkdale Mills factory located at 565 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsville.

  • VFW hopes to recruit Iraq, Afghanistan veterans

    HILLSVILLE — With military operations winding down after the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Grover King VFW Post 1115 members hope these new veterans will join the local service organization.
    Operations came to an end in Iraq in December 2011 and operations in Afghanistan will end in 2014.
    Veterans have returned home from these conflicts to the Twin Counties, and VFW Commander Wayne Jenkins and other Grover King officers have been considering different ways to reach out to them.

  • New Red Cross director ready to serve

    Grady DeVilbiss’ arrival on the scene as disaster services program manager at the American Red Cross Woods River Chapter was low key — until about a week later, when he assisted at a shelter in Hillsville on Easter Sunday, when nearly 100 cars piled up on Interstate 77.
    While colleague Roger Hudson took the lead, DeVilbiss — new to the Galax-based Red Cross chapter — has a deep reservoir of experience with both emergency response and management and the international assistance organization to draw from.

  • Galax proposes 'realistic' budget

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Members of the Galax City Council met on March 28 to discuss the general and utility fund budgets for fiscal year 2014.
    Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore and City Manager Keith Barker worked together to create a budget that he said was “conservative, yet realistic on both revenue and expenditure costs for the upcoming year.”

  • Natural gas could flow in Carroll by April 15

     

  • Prison hiring for vocational education jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — In a move that suggests Grayson County’s new state prison will be as much about education as incarceration, the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring several teaching and instructional positions.
    As the DOC prepares to open the long-awaited River North Correctional Center in October, the department will hold an employment opportunity fair for the public on April 17.

  • Carroll to adjust tax rate in new budget

    HILLSVILLE — Adjusting the real estate tax rate to 68 cents per $100 will make it “revenue neutral” after Carroll County experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting.
    The reassessment conducted by Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group reflected a 12 percent decrease in total taxable property values as compared to 2012, the firm’s final report said. The total value came in at $2.33 billion.

  • Town auctions rescue squad building

    HILLSVILLE — The former Hillsville Rescue Squad station went to the owner of a trucking company, and the sign went to a long-time volunteer.
    Around 30 people gathered April 6 at the auction of the past headquarters of the now-defunct rescue squad.
    Ambulances haven’t run for years. The squad shut down after an investigation that resulted when a squad member used an ambulance to move furniture. It never reopened, despite several attempts.

  • Clinics to help felons restore civil rights

    Clinics to assist convicted felons in restoring their rights will be held twice a month, from April through October, in Galax.
    The clinics are offered by the Secure Organization Building Educational Recovery Inc. (S.O.B.E.R.), a non-profit fellowship home in Galax for people recovering from addiction. The event is being promoted by The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization that works on restoring the voting rights of Virginians with past felony convictions, upon completion of their sentences.

  • Hillsville amends town code sections

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council adopted several changes to ordinances at its March 25 meeting.
    Some of the town codes needed updates to match up with Virginia state law, said Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson. Other were updated to improve or simplify their readability.
    No citizens spoke at a public hearing on March 25 about the changes, so council moved ahead with adoption. All the changes passed by unanimous vote.
    Changes include: