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  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Family raising awareness of blood clot danger

    HILLSVILLE — Despite having some nagging pains, Jamie Lee Gravley, 22, soldiered on, continuing to put together his son’s toddler bed on June 19, 2012.
    Wife Melanie Gravley described it as a normal day for the young married couple that had set up their home in Mount Airy, N.C.
    Jamie Gravley, a former JROTC Cavalier Battalion cadet and 2009 Carroll County High School graduate, stayed upbeat and energetic right up until the end.

  • Crockett-Stark won't seek re-election

    Del. Anne Crockett-Stark (R-Wytheville) has announced  that she won’t run for re-election to the House of Delegates this fall, ending her legislative career after four terms.
    Crockett-Stark, 70, represents the 6th District, which covers Wythe and Carroll counties and part of Smyth County.
    Crockett-Stark, who is called “Annie B.” by friends and colleagues and known for her colorful personality, disclosed her decision in an email circulated on Wednesday.

  • County to restrict windmills

    READ THE MOUNTAIN RIDGE PROTECITON ORDINANCE AND SEE A MAP OF PROTECTED AREAS — LINKS AT END OF STORY

  • McDonnell: Virginia hasn't approved Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell wants the Obama administration to know that Virginia has not approved expansion of Medicaid under the federal health reform law, and that he won’t authorize it “given the vast reform required to make our program cost effective.”

  • Grayson developing 'roadmap to the future'

    The Grayson County Planning Commission is developing a "good roadmap to the future" through its yearlong effort to update its comprehensive plan.
    "The goal is to produce an action-based plan that addresses the current needs and future challenges," said Elaine Holeton, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Community Development.
    State code requires each locality in Virginia to draft a comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years. Grayson’s last plan was drafted in 2005, with re-adoption in 2009.

  • Study: trail plan won't infringe on property rights

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Crooked Road, Virginia’s heritage music trail, has proposed that its coverage region of 19 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia be designated as a National Heritage Area, “based on the region’s unique musical heritage and its significant role in the formation of American music,” according to a press release provided by the organization.

  • Medical board reprimands three local physicians

    The Virginia Board of Medicine reports that three physicians practicing in the Twin Counties were reprimanded for pre-signing multiple blank prescriptions for a nursing home, in violation of state code.
    The prescriptions were to be used only for emergencies, but were “not dated or signed by [the doctors] on the day when issued, as required by the Code [of Virginia],” the board found.
    The board issued the reprimands in June 2012. All three physicians are still permitted to practice medicine, and their licenses were not revoked or suspended.

  • 'Bottom' project is a top priority for Galax

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    With the high volume of floodwaters early this year because of heavy rainfall, plans for the Galax Bottom Neighborhood Revitalization Project seem more urgent than ever.
    The low-lying "Bottom" neighborhood beside Chestnut Creek includes flood-prone Givens Street and is bordered by Caldwell, Meadow, Shaw and Grant streets.

  • Carroll sees pros of putting cons to work

    HILLSVILLE — Day reporting is kind of like a temp service through the courts, and Carroll County’s new coordinator is looking for tasks for convicts who qualify.
    Day reporting is an alternative sentencing option that keeps those convicted of minor crimes from going to jail if they agree to do community service instead.
    Glenn Edmonds, a Carroll deputy who has served as a bailiff in the courts, will now coordinate the program for the county. He started in this new capacity March 1.