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  • 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.

  • Study: 1,000+ going hungry in Galax area

    According to the results of a new study from Feeding America, more than 1,000 Galax residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
    These findings are from Feeding America’s annual “Map the Meal Gap” study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population, and children under age 18.
    According to the data, approximately 1,130 individuals in the Galax area — 16.2 percent of the city’s population — are at risk for hunger this year.

  • Carroll to go after unpaid taxes

    HILLSVILLE — A list of Carroll’s delinquent taxpayers will likely be published in September, after a discussion at the August county board of supervisors meeting.
    County supervisors had requested a list of those who are not caught up on their current tax payments from the treasurer. Having received it, they talked about giving these citizens a few more days to pay.
    “We’ve got the list. The next step is publication, right?” Supervisor Josh Hendrick asked.

  • Democrats pick Haga to run for treasurer

    INDEPENDENCE ― Robert “Kelly” Haga has been declared the Democratic Party’s candidate for the office of treasurer for Grayson County.
    There are several contenders for the office that will be left vacant by Junior Young, who will not seek re-election as treasurer. Haga will run against Republican Paula Carrico and independent candidates George R. “Dicky” Whitaker, Stephanie Brewer and Raymond L. “Pete” Hall Jr.

  • Chaplain chosen, ministry forms at River North prison

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility is anticipated to provide a significant boost to local businesses and increase employment in Independence and Grayson County when it opens this fall, but another significant way it has already impacted the county is by unifying many area churches and religious groups with a common goal of ministering to inmates.