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  • High-speed Internet coming to Grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in Grayson County will soon have access to high speed internet.
    Supervisors held a public hearing last month regarding an application by the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority to construct a tower on the property of Oak Hill Academy.
    Zoning Administrator Lisa Barker said that the tower would serve Grayson Highlands school and help improve communications for the sheriff’s department and rescue squads in the western end of the county.

  • Workers await bridge's fate

    The Virginia Department of Transportation will soon know the fate of a permit to enable Appalachian Power Co. to relocate electrical lines to make way for a new bridge over the New River between Galax and Fries.
    The new structure will replace the aging Carico Memorial Bridge on Virginia 94.

  • Three to run for Carroll sheriff

    HILLSVILLE — Sheriff Warren Manning will retire at the end of his term in 2012, but three potential successors already work in Carroll law enforcement.
    "I'm retiring in a year and five months," Manning told The Gazette on Monday.

    But, he noted that three of Carroll's long-term officers have shared with him their intentions to run for sheriff next year.
    They are Investigator Fred Bobbitt, School Resource Officer J.B. Gardner and Chief Deputy Glenn Nester.

  • McDonnell: budget conservatively, despite surplus

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell told state lawmakers Thursday that most of Virginia’s budget surplus has been spoken for and urged caution as the state deals with fiscal and economic uncertainty.
    Virginia finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $403.2 million because of stronger-than-expected tax collections and spending restraint by state agencies.

  • Streambanks on road to recovery

    HILLSVILLE — Because the U.S. 58 bypass project south of Hillsville plowed under and paved over wetlands, the Virginia Department of Transportation must replace those habitats.
    The requirement set down by the Clean Water Act means that VDOT officials had to seek out places to mitigate the five-mile bypass project's environmental impact.

  • Governor's panel to help implement health care law

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, an outspoken critic of the federal health care overhaul passed by Congress, has appointed an advisory council to develop strategies for implementing it.
    McDonnell on Monday named 24 members of a Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council, assembling a group that includes hospital and insurance executives, business leaders, state officials and legislators from both parties.

  • Honeycutt Dam water project breaks ground

    Two long-standing community projects in Carroll County have reached milestones, leading to two celebrations of their progress and the federal funding that got them there.
    Residents in the Honeycutt Dam Road, once frustrated by years of delay on a public water project as their wells went dry, welcomed news of construction beginning at a groundbreaking on Monday.

  • Galax downtown project nearing completion

    The City of Galax is beginning to see the pay-off of a $2.7 million downtown revitalization project that has spanned three years, as construction wraps up within the next couple of months.
    Between a Community Development Block Grant program, funded by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, city funds and contributions made by business owners, $2.7 million has been invested in downtown Galax.

  • Grayson to resume original tax schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents will once again have their entire real estate taxes due in December.
    Supervisors unanimously approved a change to the county’s tax collection ordinance after much discussion during the budget season.
    Prior to the 2009-10 budget year, supervisors approved a change to twice-a-year taxation to help offset cash flow problems.

  • Family's objection stalls bridge work

    Construction of a bridge over the New River to replace the Carico Memorial Bridge is continuing, but a problem has arisen over moving electrical lines.
    Michelle Earl, public relations spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Monday that, since the bridge will cross the river, an environmental permit is required before Appalachian Power Co. can move the power lines.