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  • 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.

  • Carroll IDA sharpens goals and roles

     HILLSVILLE  — The Carroll Industrial Development Authority continues brainstorming ways to become more of a catalyst for business and job growth in the county.

    As the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority spearheads large regional efforts, IDA members want to find ways to complement its work with a focus on issues at the county level.

  • Belton seeks Republican nomination

    Kenneth Belton of the Baywood community announced last week that he will seek the Republican nomination for the Oldtown District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    Belton is a founding member of and EMT for Baywood Search and Rescue. He has volunteered with the squad for 28 years. He is a 25-year member of the Galax Moose Lodge and an executive board member of the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he has served for six years — the past three years as president.

  • Four to run for Carroll board

     

  • Independence sets hearing on Sunday alcohol sales

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has set a public hearing to gather comments from the community concerning a proposal to sell alcohol on Sunday in the town.
    Buddy Halsey made the motion at the April 11 council meeting. Council members approved setting the hearing prior to their next meeting on May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Walters leaving Independence town council

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Jeremy Walters, a member of Independence Town Council with three years remaining on his four-year term, must vacate his seat because he has moved outside the town limits.
    Mayor Butch Reeves welcomed Walters to the “Peach Bottom community” at the April 11 council meeting, but it was brought up that the house Walters had purchased is outside the town limits.

  • Carroll schools launch 'Neighbors In Need' campaign

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll schools want to help people in Pulaski suffering from the devastation caused by the April 8 tornadoes.
    The toll included the total destruction of 31 homes and damage to 267 others, with the damage cost estimate coming in at around $8.5 million.
    Carroll County Public Schools has detailed a bus on a special mission to collect supplies and deliver them to the community in need, according to school system officials. Donations from schools, individuals and groups within the community are welcome to aid the victims of the storm.

  • Reassessment has begun in city

    Real estate reassessment has begun in Galax, city council members learned at their April 11 meeting.
    The City of Galax and Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group will conduct the four-year reassessment of real estate.
    The in-field appraisers will have appropriate identification and their vehicles will have placards indicating they are appraisal officials, according to information presented to council.
    Their work may require a measuring of the buildings and structures as well as taking photographs of the property.