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  • Hospitals offer remote access to neurological care

    Twin County Regional Hospital will soon provide a higher level of emergency stroke and critical neurology care — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — as part of a new teleneurology medicine program announced Monday in conjunction with Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Officials said Monday that TCRH will hold kickoff meetings next month to possibly launch the program in December. TCRH should receive the teleneurology equipment by mid-November.

  • Bypass Battle

    HILLSVILLE — Construction will soon start on an expanded and updated Race In — one businessman's plan to make sure potential customers don't bypass the store and a new fast food restaurant.

    The Town of Hillsville has approved Greg Crowder's plans to build a new 7,400-square-foot location behind the existing Race In, which would be torn down.

    Speaking of the plans Oct. 22, Crowder said construction on the new facility on West Stuart Drive could start any day.

  • Deeds, McDonnell state positions on issues

    As they do every four years, Virginians will choose a new governor Nov. 3. Ours is the only state constitution that prohibits the chief executive from running for re-election.

    Here are the positions on several issues of the two men running for governor: Creigh Deeds, a Democratic state senator, and Bob McDonnell, a Republican former attorney general.

    Why vote for you?

  • Un-bear-ably frightening

    HILLSVILLE — Before the ghosts and goblins took up residence in the FFA's Haunted Corn Maze, organizers had to exorcise an occupant firmly rooted in the natural world.

  • Public record for 11/4/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.

    The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Art critics

    Galax residents voiced both their support and opposition for the mural being painted on the Jeff Matthews Museum during a Galax City Council meeting on Monday, before city council decided to move forward with a redesigned version of the painting.

  • Water project floats Carroll some savings

    HILLSVILLE — A competitive bid environment brought Carroll County’s water distribution effort in about $1.3 million less than budget, according to Public Service Authority information.

    The Carroll water distribution system will initially hook up to infrastructure centered at Interstate 77’s Exit 19, but it will also supply water to every public water system in Carroll County outside Cana, public service authority members have said.

  • Bids come in too hot for Fries Fire Department

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is scrambling to find additional money after all 16 bids received for construction of a new 10,000-square-foot facility for the volunteer fire department were higher than the allotted amount.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said the low bid received was $1.204 million, which is $204,165 more than the $1 million the town was approved to receive through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

    The grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered through the DHCD.

  • Schools allowed to seek loan

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials can apply for state literary loan construction funds to upgrade remaining facilities, county supervisors decided Tuesday after thinking about a request for a month.

    Schools Superintendent Greg Smith asked the supervisors in September for permission to proceed with planning and seeking state funds to complete the division-wide school improvement program after a decade of pursuing the work.

  • New fee trashes town's budget

    INDEPENDENCE ee* After agreeing to continue trash collection service with Grayson County, the Town of Independence faces nearly a $13,000 deficit to make up in the 2009-10 budget.

    Town council agreed unanimously last Tuesday to approve the same contract that the board of supervisors approved last week.Vice Mayor Tom Maxwell and Council Member Ronald Sexton were absent at the vote.

    The contract calls for Independence to pay the county $5,247.67 monthly, or $62,972 a year ee* a $26,972 increase in the town’s expenses.