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  • 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.”

  • Training center report questioned

    RICHMOND — Virginia officials point to positive outcomes in transitioning intellectually and developmentally disabled people from training centers, as they seek to close four such facilities and shrink a fifth to 75 beds.
    The state faces resistance from parent groups that opposed the idea of moving residents from these facilities — like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County — into community-based care.

  • Bill to keep training center open fails this year

    RICHMOND — A bill to spare the Southwestern Virginia Training Center from closing has been laid aside by the General Assembly, according to the legislation’s patron.
    Del. Anne B. Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) reported that House Bill 1669 has been tabled, apparently for the duration of this year’s legislative session.

  • Snow socks the Twin Counties

    UPDATED 1/21/13 — Four days after the Jan. 17 storm that dumped a foot of snow on the area, Appalachian Power Co. reported on Monday that Grayson County still had the most people in the region without electricity.
    There were an estimated 2,355 powerless in Grayson, or about 23 percent of customers, down from 6,000 outages the day of the storm.
    On Monday, Carroll County had 858 customers without power (down from 2,300 on Jan. 17)  and Galax had 311 (up a bit from the 243 without power the day of the storm.)

  • No more cleaning house in Carroll elections

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County will have a big election and a smaller election with the beginning of staggered terms this year.
    This move will mean voters will not be able to elect an entirely new slate of supervisors or school board members in one election, as has been the case in the past.