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  • Insurance provision for young adults takes effect

    A part of the national health care reform law that took effect Sept. 23 allows a parent to include their children on their plans until they are age 26.
    It is one of several provisions that began six months after the law was passed.
    Most health plans that offer dependent coverage now must permit parents to include young adult children up to age 26. The measure takes effect on the first day of a policy’s new plan year.

  • Audit: VDOT left nearly $500M unspent in 2009

    RICHMOND — Hundreds of millions in unspent reserves identified by an independent auditor will be taken from state transportation accounts and funneled into delayed road repair and construction work, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week.
    McDonnell aims to spend $614 million in recovered cash over the next year — a boost to the state's transportation needs, he said.

  • United Way expects challenging campaign

    The biggest challenge facing Twin County United Way in its annual fundraising campaign is the closing of so many factories where workers would donate a portion from their paychecks each week to the non-profit organization.

  • United Way expects challenging campaign

    The biggest challenge facing Twin County United Way in its annual fundraising campaign is the closing of so many factories where workers would donate a portion from their paychecks each week to the non-profit organization.
    The goal this year is to connect with those people again and reach new donors who want to support United Way programs, said Mike Frazier, president of the TCUW board.

  • Clinic struggles with more patients, less funding

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties will host an open house Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at its new location at 140 Larkspur Lane, Suite C, in Galax.

  • Carroll could allow RV parks

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials are preparing to make revisions to the subdivision ordinance to allow recreational vehicle developments, but they do not believe that the proposed RV resort along the New River Trail will proceed.
    The Carroll Board of Supervisors and Carroll Planning Commission have scheduled a joint public hearing for Oct. 12 to get comments on a few changes to the subdivision ordinance, which is intended to control residential growth in the county.

  • Grayson kicks off 'green' initiative

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County officials gathered Sept. 15 to kickoff the Going Green program at the Grayson County Courthouse.

  • Rec center raises money for new bus

    The Galax Recreation Center will host a “Buy the Bus” indoor yard sale Saturday in conjunction with the Lord's Acre Sale at Felts Park, in an effort to raise $50,000 to buy a new 15-passenger activity bus to be used for seniors and children.
    The 1998 transit bus being used to take seniors and children on trips has more than 100,000 miles on it.

  • Boucher uses campaign funds to buy new car

    U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher spent nearly $30,000 in campaign funds to buy a crossover SUV last fall. Now his opponents in the 9th Congressional District race are trying to get their own mileage out of it.
    The expense appeared in a fourth quarter 2009 report Boucher filed with the Federal Election Commission, along with several vehicle-related maintenance costs in the months since then.

  • Carroll hires new emergency services director

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County emergency services director has served as both a volunteer and paid member in fire and rescue work, as a fire chief, and headed emergency services in South Carolina.
    James “Mike” Mock Jr., of Pawleys Island, S.C., started transition Sept. 7 as successor to Joe Roma, who had been in the Carroll position for five years.