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  • United Way agencies form union

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, ,Staff
    Twin County United Way will merge with United Way Virginia Highlands, forming a partnership that spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.
    The merger will allow the organization to serve more than 28 towns and one city, which together contain 168,000 residents over a span of 2,500 square miles.

  • Gypsy moths: slowing the spread

    One of the fronts in the battle against destructive gypsy moths will be fought in Middle Fox Creek in Grayson County this year.
    The integrated pest management program to "Slow the Spread" of the foreign pest involves releasing pheromones on 1,000 acres in the Southwest Virginia county, among others, says Larry Bradfield, project manager in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    The goal is to confuse the flying males enough so they can’t find the stationary females to reproduce.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Family Resource Center is holding a special event at the Elks Lodge in Galax to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
    “We are going to use the theme to help keep the community safe, and to shine a light on child abuse,” said Amy Parks, who is heading the event.
    Parks hopes to see parents bring their kids for a family day, complete with food, games and information to help keep children safe.

  • Campbell to seek 6th District seat

     

  • Renovations address ADA compliance

    INDEPENDENCE — The restrooms in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence soon will be fully handicapped-accessible, according to 1908 Courthouse Foundation Board Vice President Ken Winans.

  • Squad gives funds away to non-profits

    HILLSVILLE ― Hillsville Rescue Squad, which has been dying a slow death for years, will linger no more after disbursing its funds on March 20.

    Many witnesses gathered in the offices of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce to witness the agency's 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.

  • Police chief charged with making threat

    UPDATED 3/22/13:  A Grayson County investigator has filed a warrant against Chief James Wagoner after verbal argument over the arrest of a juvenile. Wagoner has been returned to active duty after an administrative suspension.

  • 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.