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  • Police investigate fire, death in Grayson

    UPDATE: The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that a man found burned at the scene of a fire last week died of a massive heart attack.
    Sheriff Richard Vaughan announced the results of the medical examiner’s office on Feb. 1.
    Ted Wright, 81, was burned by a grass fire at his home on Pine Mountain Road on Jan. 29. It appeared that he had been burning brush. Investigators were not sure if Wright died as the result of the fire or a medical condition.
    The body was sent for an autopsy at the state lab in Roanoke.

  • Hillsville land use taxation can begin in 2014

    HILLSVILLE — Special use land assessments can apply to Hillsville properties in January 2014, after the town council held a public hearing and approved an ordinance earlier this month.
    The ordinance set out the requirements for the long-sought special assessments for land owners to match those offered in Carroll County.
    Localities in Virginia are allowed to assess real estate based on the “use value” instead of fair market value.

  • Electoral bill appears headed to defeat

    RICHMOND — A bill that would allocate Virginia’s presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than statewide popular vote appears headed towards a bipartisan rejection.
    Though it would have meant a GOP victory for Virginia in the past election, even a few Republicans seem hesitant to support the changes to the system of awarding the commonwealth’s Electoral College votes proposed by Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County).

  • Virginia gun bills shot down

    RICHMOND — Last month’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has revived a national debate about firearms laws, but gun control legislation is meeting a familiar fate in Virginia’s General Assembly.
    Legislation aimed at closing Virginia’s so-called “gun show loophole” won’t advance this year, but members of a state Senate committee pledged last week to work toward a compromise that could expand the use of criminal background checks for firearms sales at events like the annual Labor Day gun show in Hillsville.

  • Fuller Center house to hold dedication

     

  • Carrico named to finance committee

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Senate has reshuffled its standing committees and the changes give Southwest Virginia, and specifically the Twin County region, representation on the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee.
    Republicans have working control of the evenly-divided chamber and they used that advantage last week to install first-term Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) on the powerful Finance Committee.

  • Board wants to go after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors indicate they would publish a list of delinquent taxpayers to encourage them to pay up — if they could only get that information from the county treasurer.
    Not for the first time, Supervisor Sam Dickson says he wants the county officials to get a complete list of delinquent taxes.
    At a board of supervisors’ meeting on Jan. 14, County Attorney Jim Cornwell answered that he’d been working on it and had received “some, but not all” of the list.

  • Virginia Senate districts redrawn

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax would be taken from three Virginia Senate districts and combined with other localities into one Senate district, as part of a redistricting plan proposed this week.
    The proposal would place Carroll, Grayson and Galax within the 40th Senatorial District effective with the 2015 election. The 40th in its present format is represented by Sen. Bill Carrico (R- Grayson).

  • Transportation plan includes I-77/I-81 overlap fix

    RICHMOND  — A chunk of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding under the “Virginia’s Road to the Future” plan could go towards improving the overlap of interstates 77 and 81 in Wythe County.
    Instead of finding free flowing traffic at the point where 77 and 81 meet, motorists can run into significant backups.
    Under this plan, McDonnell would provide the Virginia Department of Transportation with $1.28 billion in new funding for 158 highway projects.

  • Governor proposes $2M more for veteran programs

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell proposes to pump $2 million into programs that aid veterans.
    Among them are initiatives to help veterans find employment, provide home improvement grants to certain wounded vets and to increase funding to assist military survivors and dependents with education expenses.
    McDonnell has said his objective is “making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”