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  • Grayson trashes penalty

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County citizens will no longer face a criminal charge for non-payment of their trash collection fee, after supervisors made additional changes to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Supervisor Mike Maynard said after talking with the county’s attorney, following the public hearing last month, that there were some additional language changes the board should consider.
    During the public hearing, citizens spoke out about the fact that, if they violated the ordinance, they could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor.

  • After The Storm: Preparing for next time

    Last week, the area experienced storms with high winds that caused a lot of damage and left thousands without electricity. Summer is just getting started, so it’s likely that we’ll see more severe weather in the coming months.
    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark is sharing some advice from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management about planning for the next storm.
    “The National Weather Service estimates that winds have to blow between 50 and 70 mph to cause the damage we experienced,” Clark said.

  • APCo deals with 'major historical disaster'

    Appalachian Power Co. crews worked hard to restore power to Twin County customers on Wednesday, but some homes were expected to be without power until today, Friday, or later.
    APCo’s president, Charles Patton, said the long waits for power restoration can be attributed to the size of the storm and the availability of help from contractors.
    Charles Patton toured the company’s Virginia and West Virginia coverage areas on Monday.

  • Pharmacy robbed, suspect in custody

     

  • Training center changes rejected

    RICHMOND — Though a federal judge tried to add certain protections to a settlement agreement that resulted from an investigation of the state’s training centers for intellectually and developmentally disabled, both the Department of Justice and Virginia officials have rejected those changes.

  • Grayson continues to build reserve

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County continues to build towards its working capital reserve after closing out the current budget year with more than $1 million in its rainy day fund.
    Count Administrator Jonathan Sweet asked the board to consider four motions during the final meeting of the fiscal year to close out the current budget.
    The first action item was to make end-of-year budget appropriations and transfers.

  • New state laws in effect

    New state laws governing abortion, handgun purchases and drunken driving take effect July 1 — the products of an active and often controversial General Assembly session that saw Republicans flex their legislative muscle in Richmond.
    No proposed law stirred as much controversy as the one that will require women to submit to a mandatory ultrasound procedure before having an abortion. The issue triggered protests at the state Capitol and drew national media attention.

  • Town wins grant for market, sidewalks

     

  • Thousands powerless after weekend storms

    UPDATED 7/3/12: Appalachian Power Co. crews and contractors worked hard to restore power to Twin County customers on Tuesday, but some homes were expected to be without power until Friday.
    APCo’s president, Charles Patton, said the long waits for power restoration can be attributed to the size of the storm and the availability of help from contractors.
    Charles Patton toured the company’s Virginia and West Virginia coverage areas on Monday.

  • Wind farm plans still up in the air

    HILLSVILLE — As an alternative energy company considers locating a wind farm on Stoots Mountain, the Carroll supervisors appointed a committee to study the issue for the county.
    Supervisor Joshua Hendrick reported to fellow supervisors at a recent meeting that he had already been talking to the state secretary of natural resources about wind energy and related issues.
    From that, Hendrick learned about a model ordinance for utility-scale wind energy projects created by the Department of Environmental Quality.