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  • Mayor will keep seat, despite state charge

    HILLSVILLE — A misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer would not lead to the mayor of Hillsville losing his elected position, even if it led to a conviction, according to state law.
    Hillsville Mayor Gregory Nelson Crowder faces the charge after a Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control investigation into an as yet unspecified set of circumstances that arose on March 14 in Bristol.
    The only statement made in the matter is from Crowder’s Bristol-based attorney, Bob Ward.

  • Programs for elderly facing cuts

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    The District Three Governmental Cooperative Board of Commissioners adopted a leaner budget for next year, resulting in a lack of funding for programs geared towards the region’s aging population.
    This will be the third year in a row that these programs will see a cut, according to a press release.
    In contrast, funding for the public transit program budget has grown by $68,000, which is about 3.5 percent.

  • Wilson join race for Grayson treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― Gary Wilson recently became the sixth and final candidate for the office of Grayson County treasurer. He will run as an independent.
    Wilson graduated from Fries High School in 1974 and began studies in business administration while working part time with his father at the country store known as Green Valley Grocery, or  “Bob’s Store,” near Fries.

  • Second year of U.S. 58 work begins in Carroll

    LAUREL FORK — Branch Highways celebrated the 100 jobs supported by the $120 million, U.S. 58 widening project that spans three counties, including eastern Carroll.
    The Roanoke-based construction outfit is beginning its second of four years working on the 8.2-mile project, according to a news release from the company.

  • Independence buys McKnight lot

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has finally reached an agreement with the McKnight family to purchase a lot in the middle of town.
    Town Manager Jerry Hughes said the purchase price for the less-than-an-acre McKnight lot is $90,000.
    Hughes said town officials and town council have been negotiating with Tommy McKnight, the son of Gene T. “Fuzzy” McKnight.
    The town has been using the lot for several years for different festivals and the weekly farmers’ market.
    Hughes said uses for the corner were “unlimited.”

  • Hillsville mayor faces charge in Bristol

     

    RICHMOND — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder faces a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law-enforcement officer, placed by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, according to ABC officials and court records.

  • Belton named Grayson chairman

    INDEPENDENCE – Kenneth Belton has been named chairman of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors following the passing of former Chairman Mike Maynard.
    Supervisors had previously left the position open in honor of Maynard, but County Administrator Jonathan Sweet pointed out during the board’s regular meeting this month that it was in the county’s best interest to fill the vacancy.

  • Life Center celebrates anniversary, expansion

    The staff of the Life Center of Galax opened the doors to friends and supporters last Thursday to celebrate 40 years of helping patients overcome substance abuse.
    The gathering served a dual purpose of acknowledging the facility’s anniversary and showing off its recent expansion.
    “This is truly a dream coming true today and, as most of you here know, it’s been 10 years in the making,” said Executive Director Tina Bullins at the start of the open house ceremony.

  • Natural gas rate adjusted

    HILLSVILLE — One component of the calculations that Carroll County uses to figure natural gas rates will rise by 16.7 percent, after a decision made by the supervisors this month.
    After recently building a service line to Mohawk through Hillsville and getting into the natural gas business, Carroll County officials first set the rates in the spring, acknowledging that the initial numbers might need further tweaking.
    “We need to change and modify those rates a little bit,” Supervisors Chairman David Hutchins said.

  • Library, newspaper working to preserve records

    A campaign to preserve decades of old area newspapers by converting them microfilm to digital format has been started by the Galax-Carroll Regional Library Foundation.
    The campaign, called “Save the History,” is geared towards preserving rolls of old newspapers on microfilm from the 1930s until 1982. The rolls contain thousands of old newspapers full of local history.
    There are 44 reels at the Galax library, which contain approximately 3,300 issues of the Gazette, according to John Nunn of Galax, who is heading the campaign.