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  • Federal budget cuts hit Blue Ridge Parkway

    When the Blue Ridge Parkway announced its seasonal openings for 2013, the big news was about the places that will stay closed because of the federal government’s automatic spending cuts.
    Some campgrounds, picnic areas and visitor centers will remain closed this season, because of an across-the-board 5 percent cut to the National Park Service mandated by the federal sequester.

  • McGrady announces 6th District campaign

    HILLSVILLE — Highlighting the need for jobs in the 6th District, Democrat Jonathan McGrady launched his campaign for the House of Delegates at the former home of Kentucky Derby Hosiery.
    Surrounded by family, friends, teachers and a principal he had in school, Carroll County officials and even some Republicans in the cavernously empty facility, McGrady underscored the point that his effort to win the seat now held by the retiring Annie B. Crockett-Stark will focus on jobs.

  • Market analysis helping Galax plan future of downtown

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    A retail market analysis for Galax’s downtown area will help identify the historic shopping district’s strengths and set a course for its future as the city looks at potential improvements.
    The analysis was requested by Galax City Council, and the Galax Downtown Association also asked to hear the findings. RKG Associates, which conducted the study, presented its report to council at its April 8 meeting.

  • 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.