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  • State launches energy conservation web site

    The state has launched a web site and educational campaign called Virginia Energy Sense to help consumers understand more about their energy use and encourage them to conserve.
    The effort is part of a goal established by the General Assembly to cut the state’s electricity consumption by 10 percent from 2006 levels in the next 22 years. State agencies have estimated that such a reduction would postpone the need to build four to five new power plants and could save consumers between $200 million and $700 million, according to the web site, www.virginiaenergysense.org.

  • New Independence council members take office

    A new face and a familiar face took office July 1 as newly-elected members of Independence Town Council.
    Jeremy Walters, a write-in candidate, and Buddy Halsey, after a four year hiatus, attended their first council meeting July 13.
    Walters, 32, is employed as a machinist with GE Aviation in West Jefferson, N.C. He is married with a five-year-old son.
    Walters is a member of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and line officer. His hobbies include mountain biking, bass fishing, softball and spending time with his family.

  • Consignment store items to be returned

    Nearly 150 frustrated vendors are waiting to get their money and merchandise that was up for sale at Alice's Fine Consign, located at 117 E. Grayson St. in downtown Galax, after the owners of the business closed up shop without notice.
    Now, it's up to the owner of the building, Devan Freeman, to sort through the mess that was left behind by merchants and their step-daughter and her friend that took over management of the store in May.
    Alice's has been located in downtown Galax for a year.

  • AmerLink files counterclaims against Carroll

     WILSON, N.C. — Representatives of AmerLink are countersuing Carroll County, alleging more than a million dollars in damages caused by interference by the locality in the failed economic development deal.

  • Grants help Grayson 'go green'

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will go green with the help of $858,000 in greenbacks from the state.
    The funding will assist with a $1.2 million courthouse enhancement project that will make the government building a learning lab for advanced “green” technologies.
    According to a press release issued Thursday, the courthouse will be upgraded with energy-efficient equipment and technologies, thanks to two grants — $808,000 from the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy and $50,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

  • Work begins to replace Carico Bridge

    Work is underway at the closed Carico Bridge, off Virginia 94 in Grayson County.
    Following a recent pre-construction meeting between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the contractor, R. R. Dawson Bridge Co. of Lexington, Ky., workers began moving in equipment to the bridge site and started preliminary site work, such as grading, clearing and constructing an access road for workers.

  • Hillsville's annexed area could grow

    HILLSVILLE — A property owner near Interstate 77's Exit 14 feels left out of Hillsville's pending annexation of the busy commercial area, Carroll County officials discussed Monday.

  • Oracle Institute appeals case, citing discrimination

    INDEPENDENCE — The woman behind a spiritual retreat planned for Grayson County says she was discriminated against and her constitutional rights were violated when the board of supervisors unanimously voted to deny her a special use permit last month.
    Laura George, president of the Oracle Institute, had requested the permit to build a spiritual education center on an 11-acre property in the Wilson District. The center would have taught spirituality and ethical environmental practices.

  • Mapping Carroll's Future

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens have until the end of August to sift through Carroll County's 243-page draft comprehensive plan and share their reactions.

    Ronald Newman, the Carroll planning official, hoped during a rollout of the draft plan last Thursday that people would take this opportunity to get involved in making the document that looks 20 years into the future.

  • Carrico: board's vote on Oracle Institute was wrong

    INDEPENDENCE — The most heated zoning debate in Grayson County this year will be re-visited in 12 months after supervisors voted last week to re-consider an application for a spiritual education center in the western end of the county.
    Last month, supervisors denied an application for a special use permit in the Wilson District to build a spiritual education community known as the Oracle Institute.