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  • 2010 Census: Grayson shrinks, Carroll and Galax grow

    U.S. Census 2010 data released last week shows that Carroll County and Galax grew since the last count in 2000, while Grayson County suffered one of the biggest losses of population in Virginia.
    Grayson County tied for fifth place among the largest population hemorrhages in the state.
    Grayson County had 17,917 souls at the time of the 2000 Census, and that fell to 15,533 — a loss of 2,384 people, or 13.3 percent.

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  • Bills to slow foreclosures likely stalled

    RICHMOND — It wasn't difficult to empathize with Susan Brooking when she visited the Capitol recently to share her tale of anguish about losing her home last year in a foreclosure.
    She spoke of vain attempts to negotiate with her lender to save the homestead that had been in her family for generations.

    "I'm telling my story not just for me, but for you," said Brooking, her speech faltering as she fought back tears. "I know the emotional pain, stress, frustration and uncertainty you feel.”

  • Civil War 150 Legacy Project to visit Galax

    The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create a state-wide online collection of original Civil War manuscripts that still remain in private hands.
    The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access focuses on manuscript materials created during the period 1859-1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and the early period of Reconstruction.

  • Senate panel shoots down Sunday hunting bill


  • Former deputy challenges sheriff in Grayson


  • Burnett to run for Grayson sheriff


  • Armstrong: end state's dependence on foreign oil

    RICHMOND — Virginia should eliminate use of foreign oil in state government-owned vehicles, says House Bill 2113.
    In another sign the search for alternative fuels continues to gain momentum, Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) introduced two bills with different paths to wean both the state's fleet and private trucks off imported oil.
    The second bill, numbered 2109, would direct the state to provide a tax credit of up to $3,500 for trucks to be converted to using natural gas as fuel.

  • Gun laws targeted from both sides

    RICHMOND — It’s one of the most heated debates of our time: Would fewer guns equal fewer killings, or is it just the opposite?
    In the shadow of the recent shootings in Arizona, the argument is as contentious as ever. Both sides came to the capital last week to air their starkly different views to lawmakers.

  • Legislators: 'Internet cafes' are same as gambling

    RICHMOND — If Internet sweepstakes cafes use a gambling device for games, then that business probably promotes gambling, according to a bill before the General Assembly.
    Three legislators have submitted identical bills to answer the sudden influx of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Virginia — Carroll County alone now has five of the businesses.

    Legislators from Harrisonburg, Front Royal and Newport News have weighed in with clarifications on what entails illegal gambling in the state.