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  • United Way campaign nears goal

    With only two weeks left of the 2013 campaign, United Way Virginia Highlands’ Twin County region has topped 75 of its goal by raising more than $114,000 to date.
    With less than $36,000 left to raise, United Way staff and volunteers aren’t celebrating just yet.   
    “This has been an exciting and successful year for the Twin County Region, but we’ve still got a ways to go,” said Chris Brown, resource development manager of the Twin County Region.

  • Woman charged for drugs, child endangerment

    A Galax woman has been arrested on drug possession and child endangerment charges, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

  • APCo requests rate hike

    ROANOKE – Appalachian Power filed a request with the Virginia State Corporation Commission on Dec. 18 seeking recovery of electric transmission costs.
    The rate change is the first sought by the company since 2009 for transmission infrastructure improvements, according to a press release.

  • Zoning repeal talk heats up

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the many controversial discussions during the Dec. 12 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors resulted in a 3-2 vote to task the planning commission with forming an ordinance to repeal the county’s zoning law.
    Last week, planning commission members voted not to recommend that the board repeal zoning. Citizens spoke passionately about the topic at a hearing — with one threatening a lawsuit if the county moves forward with the zoning repeal.

  • Family loses home to fire

    DUGSPUR — Smoke alarms went off in a home Dec. 17 on Panther Creek Road, just after parents put their child to bed, according to Hillsville Fire Department officials.
    Investigating the reason for the alarms in the single-wide trailer, members of the Ayers family looked in the bathroom and discovered a wall inside burning.
    The flames were “going up the wall,” Richard Ayers told authorities.
    The three family members made it outside without injury and then called the fire department.

  • Stabbing investigated in Pipers Gap area

    A 16-year-old male was taken into custody on Dec. 20 by Galax Police Department officers and Carroll Sheriff’s Department deputies after police received a report of a possible stabbing, according to a press release.

  • $10 billion budget increase proposed

    RICHMOND — Your household budget may not be growing in this era of flat wages, but Virginia’s is.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget for the next biennium totals nearly $96 billion, an increase from the $86 billion for the current two-year cycle that runs through June 2014.

  • More water work on the way at Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — More water supply work will take place at Interstate 77 Exit 1 soon, after the Carroll Public Service Authority recently requested bids for an improvement project there.
    Authority officials have issued advertisements seeking sealed bids for two components in this effort:
    • for installation of lines and a pump station.
    This will include 16,100 feet of pipe up to eight inches in diameter.
    • for a 105,000 gallon water storage tank, which includes an access road and piping.

  • Grayson disbands rec board

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors made a surprising move on Dec. 12 with the decision to disband the Grayson County Parks and Recreation Policy Committee.
    The vote was a controversial one, with citizens and two supervisors protesting the decision. Supervisor David Sexton brought the recommendation to the board, saying there had been discussion for some time about the fate of the committee leading up to that night.

  • PSA ponders what to do with leftover grant money

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority members indicated their preference for using leftover project funds towards reaching out to new users at their Dec. 9 meeting.
    County County Administrator Gary Larrowe introduced the topic of unspent funds from the sewer project at Interstate 77 Exit 19 sewer, regional water projects and Fancy Gap water, and then turned the discussion over to engineer Kevin Heath to make recommendations on what could be done with that money.
    All funds come from Rural Development in the form of loans and grants.