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  • Mabry inspires others to fight multiple sclerosis

    SYLVATUS — Loved ones of Joe Mabry feel certain he would lead the charge to raise money for multiple sclerosis research, if he could.
    Mabry, who died of complications from the congenital heart disease Aug. 11, 2012, will be there in spirit as participants in the New River Valley Walk in Radford for the Blue Ridge chapter of the National MS Society will walk in his honor and memory.
    Mabry had already signed up to help the team that Regina Dalton of Sylvatus organized, despite coping with his own history of medical challenges.

  • Grayson shooting range search reloaded

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is reloading its search for a shooting range location after a previously identified site was deemed to be unsuitable.
    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet updated the board of supervisors on the proposed location at the closed Grayson County landfill across Cornerstone Road, during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month.
    Sweet also said the county has found additional funding above the $25,000 grant the National Rifle Association has provided the county for building the range.

  • 1908 Courthouse to improve accessibility

    INDEPENDENCE — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts was set to hold its second concert of a winter concert series this month at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence until handicapped accessibility issues with the building were brought to light by an activist for the disabled.
    The regional arts council has now moved the concert and all other upcoming events scheduled at the 105-year-old courthouse’s Baldwin Auditorium to new venues, and the courthouse foundation is preparing to address Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues.

  • Gas prices soar 35¢ in 30 days

    Gas prices have soared 35 cents in the past 30 days in Virginia.
    In fact, prices went up a whopping 11 cents from Friday to Monday, and were at an average $3.61 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline.
    According to the American Automobile Association, the high prices drivers are seeing at the pump are a function of the age-old tension between supply and demand, and strangely enough, both are down.
    Crude oil supplies are also down in the wake of OPEC’s decision several months ago to lower production by nearly one million barrels per day.

  • Real estate values take historic dive

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll real estate values decreased during the recent reassessment for the first time in decades, Assessor Janie Harrison reported to the county supervisors on Feb. 11.
    Harrison began working in the assessor’s office in 1983, she said at the monthly county board meeting. “In 30 years, I have never seen a decline in market until now. Our overall decline was about 12.23 percent — that’s the overall land book total.”

  • Creek project kept Galax above water

    An August 1940 flood swept in improvements to Chestnut Creek in Galax that continue to keep residential and industrial areas, and even portions of downtown, dry today.
    It took until the 1950s for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “straighten the creek,” but an inspection in 2011 shows that the project still works to minimize flooding in the city.
    Engineer Randy Campbell from Huntington, W.Va., in 2011 inspected the project that the corps built to see how it was holding up.

  • Wildwood prospect still pending

    Twin County economic developers may know definitive answers by May or June about whether a major business prospect will locate at Wildwood Commerce Park.
    The Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) last year asked the Virginia Tobacco Commission for financial assistance in getting the park off Interstate 77 in Carroll County ready for a business potentially interested in the site.

  • Urban archery program on target for Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    To curb the growing problem of deer overpopulation in Galax, city council approved an urban archery program on Feb. 12.
    The proposal was brought to council by City Manager Keith Barker. He explained that the program, offered through the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, would allow bow hunting in the city. “This is a practice that has never been allowed in this area before,” he said.

  • Humane Society wants city to create position to get animals adopted

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Twin County Humane Society wants to hire a liaison between the volunteer group and the city to help advertise animals in the shelter seeking a forever home to the community.
    Lauren Self recently presented Galax City Council with a letter written on behalf of the local Humane Society, petitioning for the position.

  • House approves concealed handgun secrecy

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