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  • Hillsville to update town code sections

    HILLSVILLE  — Town code needed some wholesale updates, many due to changes to Virginia state law, Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson noticed early on after taking office Feb. 1.
    As Jackson consulted town ordinances as various issues have been raised, he found that several sections had not kept up with changes to state law.
    It’s not unusual for state code to be modified, and it’s the town officials’ responsibility to update Hillsville’s ordinances in order to stay in step with those.

  • HRS carries out its last act

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Rescue Squad, which has been dying a slow death for years, will linger no more after disbursing its funds Wednesday.
    Many witnesses gathered in the offices of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to witness the agency last act.
    As a kind of last will and testament, long-time members of the defunct rescue squad handed out $3,000 checks to benefit non-profit groups based in the Twin Counties.

  • Prison to begin hiring for fall opening

    INDEPENDENCE — Those looking to break into prison are few, but the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) is offering just such an opportunity as it gears up to open the long-awaited state prison in Grayson County.
    River North Correctional Center is scheduled to open by October, after the Virginia General Assembly last month included nearly $18 million in the state budget to fund it. The medium-security facility was completed in 2010, but has sat dormant since then because there has been no money to operate it until now.

  • Board extends Sweet's contract indefinitely

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has extended County Administrator Jonathan Sweet’s employment agreement beyond the initial four-year term.
    The agreement was approved by a 3-2 vote during the supervisors meeting earlier this month, with the dissenting votes coming from supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton.
    No comments were made regarding their decision to vote against the agreement.

  • Airport terminal work to start soon

    HILLSVILLE — As increased traffic takes flight at Twin County Airport, officials at the facility expect to have a modern terminal to welcome pilots by the end of 2013.
    Tom Jones, chairman of the airport commission, stood in what is now the parking lot last Friday and pointed to a flag by the recently built commercial hangar.
    That flag marks the southern end of where the 4,000-square-foot terminal will go, taking up much of the asphalt area outside a low chainlink fence.

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Family raising awareness of blood clot danger

    HILLSVILLE — Despite having some nagging pains, Jamie Lee Gravley, 22, soldiered on, continuing to put together his son’s toddler bed on June 19, 2012.
    Wife Melanie Gravley described it as a normal day for the young married couple that had set up their home in Mount Airy, N.C.
    Jamie Gravley, a former JROTC Cavalier Battalion cadet and 2009 Carroll County High School graduate, stayed upbeat and energetic right up until the end.

  • Crockett-Stark won't seek re-election

    Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has announced  that she won’t run for re-election to the House of Delegates this fall, ending her legislative career after four terms.
    Crockett-Stark, 70, represents the 6th District, which covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County.
    Crockett-Stark, who is called “Annie B.” by friends and colleagues and known for her colorful personality, disclosed her decision in an email circulated on Wednesday.

  • County to restrict windmills

    READ THE MOUNTAIN RIDGE PROTECITON ORDINANCE AND SEE A MAP OF PROTECTED AREAS — LINKS AT END OF STORY

  • McDonnell: Virginia hasn't approved Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell wants the Obama administration to know that Virginia has not approved expansion of Medicaid under the federal health reform law, and that he won’t authorize it “given the vast reform required to make our program cost effective.”