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Local News

  • Galax applies for more Safe Routes funding

    The city is working to improve sidewalks and increase health and safety for students.

  • Grayson budget on track

    INDEPENDENCE — Halfway through the county’s fiscal year, Grayson has expended 41 percent of its budgeted dollars.
    That number, however, could be misleading as expenses could still be on the horizon.
    At the board of supervisors’ December meeting, County Administrator Jonathan Sweet pointed out that, at the mid-point in the budget year, only three departments are overspent — the electoral board, circuit court and local support.

  • Citizens take aim at firing range

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson citizens continue to reload their ammunition as the county continues its pursuit of a public shooting range near the old landfill site.
    Four citizens spoke in opposition of the proposed location during a public comments period at the Grayson Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 13.
    Tony Goodman spoke first and, although his home is in Baywood, he owns land adjacent to the proposed location.

  • Dreaming of a white Christmas?

    By KEVIN MYATT
    Landmark News Service

    The United States is going to be whiter on Christmas than it has been so far in a generally mild December.
    But it doesn’t appear likely the New River and Roanoke valleys will be part of that.
    Historically, about 10 percent to 15 percent of Christmases are white in our region. However, two of the past three have been, following the National Weather Service definition of having at least 1 inch of snow on the ground.

  • Final water agreement reached with Mount Airy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Service Authority officials treated Mount Airy, N.C.’s approval of a long-sought water agreement as an early Christmas present.
    During his project updates at the short meeting last Wednesday, County Administrator Gary Larrowe confirmed that the effort to work with the North Carolina city to supply Interstate 77’s Exit 1 with water has come to fruition.

  • Governor sets aside $14.3M to open prison

    In a budget amendment, Gov. Bob McDonnell calls for Grayson County prison to be open and at full capacity by January 2014.

  • Windmill ban could chill development

    HILLSVILLE — Language meant to prohibit wind turbines in Carroll may have the unintended consequence of chilling economic development, county officials discussed while considering a draft ordinance last Wednesday.
    An idea by EDP Renewables to study a wind farm on Stoots Mountain caused neighbors and other citizens some concerns, which were shared at several meetings with the Carroll Board of Supervisors.
    The wind farm could have as many as 24 turbines that reach nearly 500 feet tall.

  • Town, business cooperation encouraged

    HILLSVILLE — Little improvement projects and more cooperation between government and businesses could make a difference in Hillsville commerce, a hotelier and town officials discussed at Monday’s meeting.
    Businessman C.J. Patel returned to Hillsville Town Council to share more ideas after speaking about the need for more growth at Interstate 77’s Exit 14 during a November meeting.

  • Advocates push for tougher texting-while-driving law

    Safe driving advocates are steering a fresh push to make motorists put down the qwerty keyboard and focus on the road.
    And they’ve found allies in two policy makers who are near political polar opposites.
    Del. Ben Cline, a Rockbridge County Republican and prosecutor, has teamed with Del. Scott Surovell, a Fairfax County Democrat and defense lawyer, on a quest to toughen penalties for texting while driving.

  • Prison funds sought in state budget

    Virginia’s budget crunch could again mean no funding for a long-completed but still unopened prison in Grayson County, acknowledges the facility’s main proponent in the state Senate.
    Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) has been lobbying for prison funding to be included in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget, and the senator feels certain that the governor is sympathetic to the idea.