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  • Galax gets $1.4M for 'Bottom' project

    The City of Galax has been awarded $1.4 million for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization project to address storm drainage issues and blight of homes and businesses.
    Galax City Manager Keith Barker said the city was notified on Tuesday that it would receive the award from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The city will receive $800,000 now, and $600,000 later.
    “We’re very excited and pleased about the grant,” said Barker.

  • $10 fee for late-paid decals begins July 1

    A new Virginia law adds a $10 late fee if customers renew their vehicle registration decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles after they expire.
    “Unlike many other government agencies and private businesses, DMV does not currently charge a late fee,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “As long as Virginians renew before their decals expire, this new fee will not affect them.”
    Customers are encouraged to renew decals at www.dmvNOW.com or via telephone at 1-888-337-4782.

  • Coon Ridge water project receives state funding

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  • Grayson revises trash ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson residents that quality for the county’s tax relief programs for the elderly, disabled and disabled veterans will no longer be required to pay for trash collection, after supervisors approved changes to the county’s solid waste disposal and collection ordinance earlier this month.
    Supervisors held a public hearing during their regular June meeting to discuss potential changes to the 3-year-old ordinance, which has not been very popular since it was enacted on July 1, 2009.

  • Localities oppose natural gas company's plans

    RICHMOND — Three Twin County localities have joined forces to oppose a private company’s natural gas construction project and service, preferring to take on the utility service themselves.
    Carroll County Industrial Development Authority has been working with Roanoke Natural Gas on a plan to provide a natural gas connection to Mohawk in Hillsville after years of inaction by Atmos Energy.

  • Carroll could replace HVAC, save money

    HILLSVILLE  — An energy efficiency program may work to fund an update to Carroll County High School’s heating and air conditioning system, along with help from Rural Development.
    One of outgoing School Superintendent Greg Smith’s last recommendations to the Carroll School Board is to consider these items to change out the high school’s more than 40-year-old mechanical system.

  • Inspectors may get to go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — It looks like Nehemiah Engineering may be able to go back to providing inspections on the Fancy Gap utility projects, after the Carroll Public Service Authority drafted a letter to Rural Development.
    Rural Development is expected to ask for a refund from the authority for construction inspection services on the Fancy Gap water and sewer project from the beginning of 2012, according to a letter from the authority to the federal funding agency.

  • Conflict of interest issue could be settled

    HILLSVILLE  — Will the conflict of interest accusations against construction inspectors for the Fancy Gap water and sewer project finally get settled when the Carroll Public Service Authority holds a special meeting at 7 a.m. Tuesday?
    The authority announced the special meeting Friday, days after the PSA members went into a 90-minute closed session at their regular June gathering last Monday.

  • State police say speed caused fatal wreck

    The car accident that resulted in the death of Pamela Slate appeared to be speed-related, said Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    Slate, 44, of Carsonville Road in Independence, was killed last Monday afternoon after the 2000 Firebird she was driving struck a utility pole on Edmonds Road, south of Galax.
    Vaughan said Slate appeared to be going too fast for the condition of the road. It had rained that afternoon.
    Slate lost control of her car, ran off the side of the road, overcorrected and hit a utility pole head-on, breaking the pole in half.

  • Town chosen for revitalization project

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is one of seven communities in the 13-state Appalachian Region selected to receive federal technical assistance under the Livable Communities program.
    Few details are available, but federal and town officials were expected to announce more about the project on Tuesday.