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  • Three now filed for Hillsville ballot

    HILLSVILLE — An incumbent for the Laurel Fork ward of Hillsville Town Council will also appear on the May municipal ballot, according to the Carroll County General Registrar’s Office.
    Greg Yonce turned in his petitions last week to seek re-election.
    He joins Sulphur Springs incumbent Billy Walls, who is also seeking re-election, and mayoral candidate Billie Taylor.
    Tuesday at 7 p.m. is the last time that candidates can file to qualify for the spring election, the registrar’s office says.

  • Legislators postpone 'Andrew's Law' until 2015

    RICHMOND — The work to protect state “Samaritan” workers by strengthening the penalties against reckless drivers has ended until the 2015 session of the General Assembly, say family members of a Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty.
    Trooper Andrew David Fox died Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries sustained when he was struck by Angelica Valencia’s car. Fox was directing traffic at the Virginia State Fair near Richmond.

  • Combative patient dies after Gambetta Road call

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  • Anti-nepotism policy fails in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of including an anti-nepotism policy in its Rules of Procedure in January, but last week voted 3-2 against a draft proposal of the same policy.

  • County, citizens dive into water park study

    HILLSVILLE — Consultants working on a feasibility study for a $3.6 million water park/pool concept in Carroll County believe the recreational facility would operate at a loss, assuming county residents get a discounted admission fee, as discussed at a special meeting Tuesday.
    Several consultants collaborated on a conceptual plan for facilities at the Carroll County Recreational Park near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, or on the site of the former Woodlawn school.

  • Medicaid showdown could lead to state shutdown

    RICHMOND — If the high stakes of a fractious Medicaid expansion debate that threatens a state government shutdown weren’t clear before, they were after marathon legislative debates ended Feb. 20 with one side of the state Capitol accepting the idea and the other rejecting it.

  • Zoning to be fixed, not repealed

    INDEPENDENCE — The repeal of Grayson County’s zoning ordinance has been put on hold, at least for the time being, after a motion and rare unanimous vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors to table the repeal process on Feb. 18.

  • Hillsville man faces federal distribution charges

    ROANOKE — Virginia State Police have charged a 38-year-old Hillsville man with distribution of a controlled substance from his home, according to federal records from U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

  • Supervisor, treasurer disagree on finances

    HILLSVILLE  — Carroll’s treasurer and a county supervisor discussed a vault full of financial issues, including delinquent taxes and earning interest on the fund balance, at the Feb. 10 county board meeting.
    The discussion between the Republican constitutional officer, Bonita Williams, and Supervisor Sam Dickson, a Democrat, seemed testy at times, but both ended the discussion by expressing their love for each other.

  • Comprehensive plan hearing set for Monday

    HILLSVILLE — One of the last duties for Travis Jackson as Hillsville town manager before he takes over as the lead of the Wythe-Bland Foundation involves shepherding the required update of the comprehensive plan through a public hearing and final approval.
    The public hearing will occur at the Hillsville Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. today, Monday.
    The goal of a comprehensive plan involves guiding future development strategies for localities. Virginia requires updates to jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans every four years.