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  • Tammy Vass remembered as 4-H leader

    HILLSVILLE — Tammy Vass, who died on Feb. 16, received a nomination to become a 4-H All-Star for her efforts in building the Carroll County 4-H Livestock Club into a national competitor.
    Inclusion as an honorary member in the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All-Stars is the greatest honor that an adult leader can receive in the state, according to Sarah Jo Jones, the Carroll County 4-H agent.
    Vass served as mentor to a group of local youths that found success and recognition as competitors in 4-H’s National Quiz Bowl in Omaha, Neb., last fall.

  • Agency seeking drug prevention grant

    Twin County Prevention Coalition (TCPC) is looking for stakeholders to help secure a grant that will provide funds for a number of drug prevention programs specifically targeting the area’s youth and their families.
    The coalition gathered a number of community representatives for a meeting at the Life Center of Galax on Feb. 4. Guests included representatives from local businesses, school systems and police departments, as well as parents and youth leaders.

  • Antique shop roof collapses

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville lost a member of its business community after the snow-laden roof at Mountain Top Antiques Mall came crashing down on countless collectibles, furniture, glassware, art pottery and showcases Saturday morning.
    Charles Nelson, owner of the business that opened in 2007, regretfully announced the incident Sunday on the store’s Facebook page.

  • Meeting planned for non-denominational Christian school

    A local group has formed to research and plan the possibility of a non-denominational Christian school in the Twin County area.
    This was a vision that began just a couple of years ago, explained Lynn Funk of Lincoln Financial in Galax and a member of the group.
    She said that there are a number of parents, grandparents, guardians and homeschoolers who are interested in putting Christianity back into their children’s’ education.

  • Kroger fans rally to save Galax store

    UPDATED 2/21/14:

    Close to 100 Kroger supporters made their voices heard during an hour-long rally in the grocery parking lot on Tuesday afternoon.
    Petitions in hand, the crowd surrounded Melissa Turman, a local business owner who started the Facebook page “Save Kroger in Galax, Virginia” after it was announced that the branch would close on March 21.

  • Weathering the Storm

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The snow piled up as high as 21 inches in some areas of the Twin Counties last Wednesday and Thursday, but police reported mostly calm activity out on the roads.

  • Judge rules Va.'s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

    RICHMOND — Add Virginia to the growing list of states where laws banning same-sex marriage are suffering legal setbacks.
    A ruling Feb. 13 by Norfolk-based federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen found Virginia’s laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman unconstitutional on the grounds that they deny due process and equal protection rights.

  • Police chief looks back on 2013

    The number of both vehicle stops and traffic tickets in Galax were higher in 2013 than the previous year, but there was a decrease in traffic-related injuries and property damage.
    Police Chief Rick Clark gives partial credit for this shift to the city reducing speed limits on some streets, he said in his annual report to Galax City Council.

  • House OKs guns on school grounds

    RICHMOND — On a largely party-line 67-32 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates passed legislation last week allowing teachers and other school employees to have firearms on school grounds in certain cases.
    The bill (HB786) from Del. Tony Wilt (R-Rockingham County) says school employees can’t be dismissed or placed on probation for having an unloaded gun in a closed container, locked trunk or gun rack — or a concealed handgun with a valid permit — in a vehicle on school property.

  • Winter storm aftermath: what to do about property damage?

    As a result of last week’s winter storm, the American Automobile Association offers tips on how to handle insurances matters relating to damage to your property:
    If your car is damaged by a fallen tree or limbs, file a claim using your vehicle policy’s comprehensive coverage.
    If your tree falls on your house, your insurance will cover removal of the tree and home repairs due to damage.
    If your tree falls on your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s homeowners’ policy would provide insurance coverage.