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  • Ominous forecast for two-year state budget

    WILLIAMSBURG— Virginia’s next two-year budget is likely to be forged without much new discretionary money, amid rising expenses in core programs and under a cloud of federal uncertainty in this defense-reliant state.
    That sobering message was delivered Nov. 28 at a Virginia Senate Finance Committee meeting attended by lawmakers and lobbyists eager to learn about the state’s fiscal condition.

  • Hunter died of heart attack

    FRIES — A Fries man who died while hunting in the Clito section of Grayson County on Nov. 16, died of a massive heart attack, according to results received from an autopsy performed at the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.
    Pastor Sam Kinzer, 60, was hunting with his grandsons when he fell out of the tree stand after suffering the heart attack. At the time, the cause of death was unknown.

  • 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.