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  • AAA finds motorists' breaking point on gas prices

    Half of U.S. adults consider gas prices to be “too high” when it reaches $3.44 per gallon, indicating a potential breaking point on gas prices, according to a new consumer price index developed by AAA.
    Roughly two-thirds of Americans (62 percent) offset high gas prices by changing their driving habits or lifestyle.
    “It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide,” said Martha Mitchell Meade of the American Automobile Association Mid-Atlantic.

  • Carroll holds hearing on tax rates

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll’s proposed FY 2013-14 budget includes an increase to 68 cents per $100 valuation for the real estate tax rate, to make it “revenue neutral” after the county experienced the first drop in property values in three decades, according to a budget presentation at a meeting held earlier this month.
    Because of this drop in values, the county won’t take in any more revenue from the reassessment, in spite of the higher rate.

  • Hillsville budget to balance with tax hikes

    HILLSVILLE — Changes have come to the way that Hillsville Town Council members plan their budget — they have sworn off dipping into savings to balance the fiscal year 2014 proposal.
    Adjustments to the real estate, meals and lodging taxes are also a part of making the proposal work, according to Town Manager Travis Jackson’s budget message.
    Town officials needed to make up a shortfall of $519,501 in the budget, including the general fund and the water and sewer services.

  • Givens St. residents live with frequent floods

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    As the harsh winter weather gives way to the rains of spring, relief is being felt by most of the residents of the Twin Counties... but not everyone.
    Families who live in the low-lying “Bottom” area of Galax — Givens Street and its side streets  — still suffer every time the rain clouds roll in because the water doesn’t just wash away.

  • Natural gas rates set in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — In a surge of activity on natural gas, Carroll officials continued to build up to the creation of a local utility service at their April 8 meeting.
    With the expected completion of a connection to the Patriot pipeline this month, county officials held a public hearing and get natural gas rates, as well as scheduled a separate business and safety meeting for April 25.

  • Feeding America seeks support from Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE – More than 240,000 pounds of food have been distributed in Grayson County in the last year through the Feeding America program and coordinators are looking for county supervisors to continue their support.
    Jessica Brown serves as the mobile food pantry coordinator and spoke to the board during their regular meeting earlier this month.
    Brown said the Mobile Food Pantry is a partnership between Feeding America Southwest Virginia and community partners in rural Southwest Virginia where communities have limited access to food pantries.

  • 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.