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  • Felons' voting rights will be restored

    If all goes according to plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration projects that over six months, it can restore voting rights to one in 10 eligible people who lost them to nonviolent felony convictions.
    That bold undertaking, which could benefit 10,000 of an estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons who’ve completed their terms, is not without its challenges, though.
    Chief among them is locating scores of Virginians who forfeited their rights to vote, a task complicated by a system of spotty electronic state records that go back only to 1995.

  • Heavy equipment auction could be Carroll's largest ever

    HILLSVILLE — Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will put at least 200 lots of heavy construction equipment on the block at an Aug. 14 sale at Wildwood.
    The auction company welcomes more consigners, but the majority of the lots, 180, come from DLB Construction in Hillsville.
    Owner Don Branscome selected Ritchie Bros. for the auction based on their wide marketing campaigns and international reach when it comes to sales.

  • APCo to invest $3.9M in Wildwood

    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) held its regional economic development briefing on Tuesday at Crossroads Institute, where members gave a progress update on several regional initiatives and projects in Carroll County, Grayson County and the City of Galax.

  • Woodlawn man killed in Tennessee crash

    HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A 45-year-old Woodlawn, Va., man was among the four people killed when a tractor-trailer struck a cow on Interstate 40 and set in motion a crash with two other vehicles Tuesday evening.
    Reports name Brian Lederer of Woodlawn as a passenger in the tractor trailer and the driver as Rodney Price, 49, from North Carolina, both of whom died after the incident, according to WTVF Channel 5 and other Tennessee news outlets.

  • Oracle Institute project proceeds, fundraiser planned

    INDEPENDENCE — In between the unpredictable bouts of rain over the past several weeks, Oracle Institute founder Laura George is excited to see the dramatic changes at the site of the organization’s Peace Pentagon.
    The 7,500-square-foot building will finally put a roof over the interfaith organization in Grayson County. The pentagon’s five points are symbolic for the five major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.

  • Candidate seeks seat in Wilson District

    INDEPENDENCE — Arnold Peters of Troutdale has announced his candidacy for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 5 general election.
    The seat is currently vacant after Mike Maynard passed away last month.
    Peters will run as an independent against Democrat Kate Irwin and Republican Glen “Eddie” Rosenbaum.
    Peters, a deputy for the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, said he had been involved in some sort of public service work since 1986.

  • Road repairs underway after storms

    At this point, no one in the Twin County area is surprised when they hear the weather forecast announce a heavy rain or thunderstorm.
    And for the past couple of months, the storms have become so prolonged and severe, they have caused a level of structural damage that will take time and money to come back from.
    Galax Public Works Director Charles Joyce has had every available hand working on street repairs since a series of storms hit Galax over the past several weeks.

  • Hospital looks to future

    After researching what the community is looking for in health and wellness, Twin County Regional Healthcare has begun taking strides in that direction.
    Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum presented several examples of recent progress at a joint meeting of TCRH community advisory groups on July 18.
    “There is a lot of progress going on,” Applebaum began. “We have a lot of definitive plans with new physicians arriving and new services, as well as other things we are planning.”

  • Grayson supervisors consider zoning amendment

    INDEPENDENCE — Supervisor David Sexton voiced concerns about Grayson County’s zoning ordinance during the board’s July 11 meeting.
    Specifically, Sexton questioned article 4.6, which sets the required 40-foot right-of-way for a principal structure.
    Sexton raised questions about the code due to comments and concerns he had received from citizens.

  • Galax lands $1.2M in grants so far this year

    After Carroll County had to eliminate grants administrator Brenda Marrah’s position with the county due to budget cuts in 2011, the City of Galax wasted no time in snapping her up.
    Right away, she set to work bringing in a flood of federal, state and private grants to help fund different projects throughout the city.
    By November of that year, the city had been awarded nearly $470,000 in FEMA grant money.