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  • Clinics to help felons restore civil rights

    Clinics to assist convicted felons in restoring their rights will be held twice a month, from April through October, in Galax.
    The clinics are offered by the Secure Organization Building Educational Recovery Inc. (S.O.B.E.R.), a non-profit fellowship home in Galax for people recovering from addiction. The event is being promoted by The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization that works on restoring the voting rights of Virginians with past felony convictions, upon completion of their sentences.

  • Hillsville amends town code sections

    HILLSVILLE — Hillsville Town Council adopted several changes to ordinances at its March 25 meeting.
    Some of the town codes needed updates to match up with Virginia state law, said Hillsville Town Manager Travis Jackson. Other were updated to improve or simplify their readability.
    No citizens spoke at a public hearing on March 25 about the changes, so council moved ahead with adoption. All the changes passed by unanimous vote.
    Changes include:

  • Laurel school office fills with smoke

    It appears a HVAC fan motor is to blame for filling the office at Laurel Elementary School up with smoke Friday afternoon.

    While the Hillsville Fire Department and Carroll Sheriff's Office personnel responded, teachers evacuated the students to the Laurel Rescue Squad building.

    School officials say that the students evacuated the building calmly.

  • Galax schools will offer raises, hire teachers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Members of the Galax City Council discussed several upcoming changes at their March 25 meeting, including the school budget, the demolishing of a long-abandoned building next to the New River Trail access on West Stuart Drive and a golf cart ordinance allowing the recreational vehicles on certain roads.
    School Superintendent Bill Sturgill presented the board with the 2013-014 school budget, which was balanced and included enough funds left over to cover several extra expenses.

  • Trial by Fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The room was dark and full of smoke, so seeing was next to impossible.
    The injured firefighter lay helpless underneath the rubble that had fallen from the ceiling during a search of the room.
    All the firefighter could do was scream to the rest of the crew for help. They arrived quickly, and pushed away the fallen debris.
    “Are you alright?” asked one of the firefighter's brothers as the rest gathered around, preparing to carry them out if necessary.

  • United Way agencies form union

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, ,Staff
    Twin County United Way will merge with United Way Virginia Highlands, forming a partnership that spans the five counties of Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth and Washington; and the City of Galax.
    The merger will allow the organization to serve more than 28 towns and one city, which together contain 168,000 residents over a span of 2,500 square miles.

  • Gypsy moths: slowing the spread

    One of the fronts in the battle against destructive gypsy moths will be fought in Middle Fox Creek in Grayson County this year.
    The integrated pest management program to "Slow the Spread" of the foreign pest involves releasing pheromones on 1,000 acres in the Southwest Virginia county, among others, says Larry Bradfield, project manager in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
    The goal is to confuse the flying males enough so they can’t find the stationary females to reproduce.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    The Family Resource Center is holding a special event at the Elks Lodge in Galax to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
    “We are going to use the theme to help keep the community safe, and to shine a light on child abuse,” said Amy Parks, who is heading the event.
    Parks hopes to see parents bring their kids for a family day, complete with food, games and information to help keep children safe.

  • Campbell to seek 6th District seat

     

  • Renovations address ADA compliance

    INDEPENDENCE — The restrooms in the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence soon will be fully handicapped-accessible, according to 1908 Courthouse Foundation Board Vice President Ken Winans.