Local News

  • Projects receive federal funding

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several Twin County improvement projects received federal facilities funding last Wednesday, including $200,000 to renovate the Carroll County Public Library and more than $170,000 for other community needs.
    Besides the Rural Development Community Facilities Program funds, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also announced $15 million in awards to 129 rural communities to specifically support library projects.

  • Free Clinic needs cash injection

    With only $400 in its savings account, executive director Dina Clower is talking about the threat of closing the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties due to lack of funding.
    She walks through the new hallways of the clinic, which recently relocated from Oldtown Street to 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax for more space, during its open house tour last Thursday.

  • Commission to consider Hillsville annexation

    HILLSVILLE — The Commission on Local Government will hold its November meeting in Hillsville to gather more information about the voluntary boundary adjustment between the town and Carroll County.
    The commission will hear feedback from citizens and tour the affected area.

  • Memorial garden to be dedicated at TCRH

    After years of planning and months of planting, a memorial garden at Twin County Regional Hospital is ready to open.

  • Board has no authority to consider Oracle appeal

    INDEPENDENCE — A Board of Zoning Appeals hearing involving The Oracle Institute was brief and confusing for about 20 citizens in attendance last week.
    Citizens filed into the Grayson County Courthouse boardroom, many of them holding handwritten or typed notes, thinking they would have an opportunity to speak. However, the Sept. 23 hearing focused on whether the Board of Zoning Appeals has jurisdiction to hear Oracle's appeal of the Board of Supervisors' June denial of the permit.
    According to Virginia law, it doesn't.

  • S.H.A.R.E. food program ends

    PULASKI — After a steady decline in program participation and an increase in program costs during the past 10 years, New River Community Action's S.H.A.R.E. held its final food distribution on Saturday.
    Action was taken Sept. 16 by the NRCA board to end the long-running project that, to many, was a staple of communities in Southwest Virginia, including Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

  • Monday pileup snares 18 vehicles

    FANCY GAP — No life threatening injuries resulted from an 18-vehicle pileup Monday on Interstate 77 near mile marker 6, Virginia State Police say.Virginia State Police troopers investigated a total of seven crashes
    in the south bound lanes around the six mile marker, starting with the first at about 2:55 p.m., according to Sgt. Mike Conroy.

  • Part of U.S. 58 bypass to open in October

     HILLSVILLE ― Roughly two miles of the U.S. 58 bypass south of Hillsville will open to traffic on Oct. 13 after a ribbon cutting.Most of the western end of the Hillsville bypass to its intersection with U.S. 58 is ready to go, said Heidi Underwood, spokeswoman for the Salem District office of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

  • Insurance provision for young adults takes effect

    A part of the national health care reform law that took effect Sept. 23 allows a parent to include their children on their plans until they are age 26.
    It is one of several provisions that began six months after the law was passed.
    Most health plans that offer dependent coverage now must permit parents to include young adult children up to age 26. The measure takes effect on the first day of a policy’s new plan year.

  • Audit: VDOT left nearly $500M unspent in 2009

    RICHMOND — Hundreds of millions in unspent reserves identified by an independent auditor will be taken from state transportation accounts and funneled into delayed road repair and construction work, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week.
    McDonnell aims to spend $614 million in recovered cash over the next year — a boost to the state's transportation needs, he said.