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  • County one step closer to providing natural gas

    HILLSVILLE — With approval of an interconnectivity agreement with utility company East Tennessee Natural Gas, the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority came another step closer to bringing fuel through the pipeline and into the community.
    IDA members in May, after working with Roanoke Gas Company, found a feasible plan to tap the Patriot natural gas pipeline in order to supply the fuel to the Mohawk plant in Hillsville for the estimated cost of $1.5 to $1.8 million.

  • Hillsville leaders' first day was a stormy one

    HILLSVILLE — The town’s new mayor, new council member, interim town manager and acting police chief all had a stormy beginning to their tenures on July 1.
    Their first official day in office was the same day a storm ripped through Hillsville, knocking over trees and power lines and leaving thousands in the town and Carroll County without electricity.
    They weathered the storm, but town officials agreed Monday that things would go smoother with a more detailed emergency management plan.

  • Training center fight isn't over

    HILLSVILLE  — A local parent still hopes that there’s room for a compromise in the planned closures of training centers for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
    Parent advocate Wanda Robinson pointed out that the final ruling in a settlement agreement between Virginia and the Department of Justice in federal court has not reached its conclusion yet.

  • 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.

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  • 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.