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  • Town council to hold public hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council has scheduled a public hearing for May 10 to take comments from citizens on the 2011-2012 budget.
    The hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. and will be held prior to council’s regular monthly meeting.
    The government budget is $1,308,532 and the utilities budget is $1,539,628.
    There is no tax or water/sewer rate increase proposed and the real estate tax will remain at 14.8 cents per $100 valuation. The personal property rate will remain at 63 cents per $100.

  • Plane misses runway, lands in field

     

    A 1957 Cessna plane came up short while attempting to land at Twin County Airport at about 1:50 p.m. Sunday, authorities say.

    Jon T. Stauffer of Thomasville, Ga., ended up landing the plane in an open field just across Airport Road from the runway — perhaps about a football field’s length away, said Virginia State Police Trooper R.B. Phipps.

  • Mother-Daughter Look-Alike Contest


    CONTEST IS CLOSED. SEE THE MAY 6 EDITION OF THE GAZETTE FOR THE WINNER AND THE ENTRIES!

  • Hillsville clinic won't stay vacant long

     

  • State legislators report gifts for 2010

     

  • Gov.'s plan paves way for 58 work

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell continued to drive forward on transportation issues Wednesday, releasing a list of road construction funding.
    Having gotten off the starting line with bipartisan approval for his plan to put billions of dollars of bond funds towards construction projects, the Republican governor recently announced a draft six-year road improvement plan.
    The plan prioritizes money for widening eight miles worth of U.S. 58 in eastern Carroll and several smaller projects in the Twin Counties.

  • Storm victims in Carroll qualify for tax relief

     Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that residents of Carroll County and 18 other localities affected by severe storms on April 8 and April 16 will be granted a 30-day extension for filing returns and making payments on their state taxes.

  • Storm victims in Carroll qualify for tax relief

     Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that residents of Carroll County and 18 other localities affected by severe storms on April 8 and April 16 will be granted a 30-day extension for filing returns and making payments on their state taxes.

    Carroll and Pulaski are the only counties in Southwest Virginia to receive the designation.

    Pulaski was devastated by a tornado on April 8 and recovery efforts continue.

  • McDonnell vetoes Senate districting lines

     RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell has sent the General Assembly back to the drawing board to reapportion Virginia’s state legislative districts.

    But the Republican governor may have hard time getting his political adversaries to budge.

    McDonnell vetoed the General Assembly’s redistricting legislation on April 15, citing flaws with the reconfigured Senate districts that were drawn by the chamber’s Democratic majority. 

  • Spotlight shines on energy efficiency grant

     A $75,000 federal grant should shed some light on where energy efficiency could save money in an era of steeply rising power costs, local officials said Thursday.