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  • Citizens back IVFD substation

    BRIDLE CREEK — Twenty-two citizens attended a third meeting to develop the next steps for the use of Bridle Creek Elementary once it closes next month.

    The meeting, held Nov. 12, continued the discussion of Independence Volunteer Fire Department's pursuit of the building for use as a sub-station.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    Laurel Elementary students got a bit of a lesson in community development Monday when they listened to 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher and Carroll County officials talk about the public improvements coming through the regional water project.

  • Oldtown Pottery

    Oldtown Pottery, a division of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, is participating in Galax Downtown Association's Open House Weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with the grand opening of Galax's newest arts and cultural business — a true pottery studio.

  • Y's Men to hold annual radiothon

    The Galax Y’s Men Club will hold its annual live radiothon benefit at Magic Mart this Sunday, with proceeds going toward the $25,000 goal of the Y’s Men Community Christmas Chest to provide food for 450 families.

    Radiothon hours are 2 to 4 p.m.

    Auction items to be sold to benefit the fund include a blue Dodge van, a recliner donated by Guynn’s Old Mill Furniture, a Ford Ranger donated by Twin County Ford Mercury, and an upright freezer donated by Discount Builders & Supply.

  • Grayson Christmas trees head to Ft. Hood

    The Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Growers Association will play a small part in a healing process for victims and families of a tragic attack at Ford Hood army base in Texas.

    Grayson County-grown Fraser firs, donated by local farmers, will be transported to the U.S. Army base and distributed to military families as part of the national Trees for Troops program.

    An Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is accused of shooting and killing 13 people and wounding 31 others at Ford Hood on Nov. 5.

  • From Vision to Action

    More than 500 jobs have been created since the inception of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority over two years ago, announced BRCEDA Chairman Mike Maynard during the fifth annual economic development meeting at the Crossroads Institute on Monday.

    Among many local and state officials at the meeting were Galax City Council members, Grayson and Carroll supervisors, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds, Del. Bill Carrico and a representative from 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher's office.

  • Enterprise zones could expand exits

    HILLSVILLE — The road map to bringing new businesses to Carroll County includes a drive to add economic development incentives to two Interstate 77 exits.

    With plans in place for water and sewer systems to serve developable land at Exit 8 and Exit 19, the Carroll Board of Supervisors decided to seek enterprise zone designations there, too.

    County Administrator Gary Larrowe explained before a public hearing at the Carroll supervisors' meeting Nov. 16 that the enterprise zones would become part of the mix to market these places to new and expanding companies.

  • Grayson-grown tree decorates governor's mansion

    A Grayson County-grown Christmas tree will help decorate the Executive Mansion of Virginia this holiday season.

    Virginia First Lady Anne Holton welcomed local Christmas tree growers Rodney and Cynthia Richardson outside the Executive Mansion Nov. 16.

    As Grand Champions of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association's annual tree competition, Richardson won the honor of presenting the First Lady with the tree.

  • Portion of trail closed until spring

    A three-mile section of the New River Trail State Park near Gambetta will remain closed for 150 days for safety work on the former rail line tunnel there.

    The closure effects the portion of the linear state park from Fries Junction at mile marker 39.8 to Gambetta Road at 42.3 until May 1 of next year, according to park officials.

    This work arose from the issuance in 2002 of a general obligation bond by the state to repair bridges and tunnels on the New River Trail, explained Jimmy Elliott, the park's assistant manager based at Cliffview.

  • Carroll plans for future

    HILLSVILLE — Community members will have many opportunities to be involved in the next comprehensive plan, Carroll officials discussed at their Nov. 16 meeting.

    A comprehensive plan is designed to help localities plan for 20 years into the future, County Administrator Gary Larrowe explained. "Of course, you know the comp plan is one of the most important things that this board could ever accomplish."