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  • Federal tax breaks could expire

    A slowed effort to overhaul federal tax laws has put scores of tax breaks in jeopardy, including provisions that benefit teachers, parents of college students, homeowners and small businesses.
    The tax breaks will expire at the end of the year unless Congress decides to extend them. But given Washington’s gridlock, that might be a long shot.

  • Barn fire under investigation

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  • Helpers handling healthcare hassles

    An estimated 1,800 Twin County residents have sought information about applying to the Affordable Care Act from two outreach program workers based at Tri-Area Community Health Center in Laurel Fork.
    Of those, about 100 have completed and turned in their own application to comply with the law that requires all people to have their own health insurance, the program many times referred to as “Obamacare” for the chief executive who got it passed.

  • Tiny horses create big commotion in town

    INDEPENDENCE — A herd of  ponies created havoc in Independence the morning of Nov. 20 after they escaped from their field and ended up on Rainbow Circle.

  • Dugspur family loses home to fire

    DUGSPUR — A family of three lost their home at 10538 Floyd Pike in a Nov. 27 fire.
    Hillsville Fire Department received an alarm at 4:42 a.m. to respond to an emergency at the home of the family of Joe Reed.
    The owner reported that a flue fire started at the fire place or wood stove in the back of the home, according to information from the fire department. The owner tried to throw water on the blaze, but it broke through the wall at the chimney.

  • Community Christmas Chest needs donors, volunteers

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department announced in October that it will once again sponsor the Community Christmas Fund that it oversaw 70 years ago.
    Now that the holidays are getting closer, the department is looking to the community for help bringing the spirit of Christmas to hundreds local families.

  • Fire damages home in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A space heater apparently caused a Nov. 23 fire at 569 Sylvatus Highway Nov. 23 at approximately 1 a.m.
    Hillsville Fire Department volunteers responded to the Star trailer park, owned by Emory Bearden and rented by Curtis Keith to house several seasonal workers for the Christmas tree harvest, according to emergency officials.
    “Fire started from a space heater that set a wall on fire, then the electrical circuit shorted out and burned a small amount under the trailer,” firefighters said in a news release.

  • Citizens worry about potential zoning changes

    INDEPENDENCE — Several citizens were on hand to ask questions at a Nov. 19 Grayson Planning Commission public hearing, shifting the focus of the meeting from the county’s updated 2013 comprehensive plan to a discussion about the zoning ordinance.
    Several citizens were concerned about rumors that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors wants to revoke the zoning ordinance or make drastic changes.
    Now that it has heard from citizens, the planning commission will send the updated plan to the supervisors for review.

  • Wildwood could get $962K utilities grant

    RICHMOND — Virginia Tobacco Commission staff has recommended granting $962,500 to pay for the first phase of a sewer expansion to make the Wildwood Commerce Park more attractive as a potential site for food processing.
    The tobacco commission received five proposals requesting $20.7 million under its “megasite” industrial park grants, with $12.7 million of assistance funds budgeted, according to information from the state agency. This made the selection process very competitive.

  • Grayson supervisors hear commerce park report

    INDEPENDENCE — Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, attended the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting this month to give an update on the Wildwood Commerce Park.
    McFadyen began his presentation by reminding the board and citizens in attendance that Grayson County is a one-third partner in development of the park located off Exit 19 of Interstate 77 in Carroll County.
    While it is not located in Grayson, McFadyen said the county will reap the benefits equally from the park as it continues to develop.