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  • McDonnell's unfinished business: education and transportation

    RICHMOND — For Gov. Bob McDonnell, his final full year in office is about unfinished business.
    The Republican who campaigned under the slogan “Bob’s for Jobs,” has taken stock of his own job performance and assessed “what’s left to fix” to keep Virginia economically competitive.
    “It’s two things,” McDonnell said during an interview Jan. 4 in his office. “It’s work force, which is education. And number two, it’s transportation gridlock.”

  • House trailer found burned to ground

    HILLSVILLE — Responding to a report of a structure fire on Stone Ridge Road early Sunday morning, Hillsville Fire Department members found a collapsed house trailer and no property owner.
    The volunteers received a call to the 2900 block of Stone Ridge Road at approximately 1:41 a.m., where a house trailer had already burned to the ground, according to Mike Musser, the assistant chief.
    It was an abandoned property, he said, but firefighters hadn’t been advised of any controlled burns.

  • County boards choose new leadership

    The Carroll County and Grayson County boards of supervisors have chosen new chairmen to lead the localities in 2013.
    The Carroll supervisors met briefly Monday to select leaders for 2013.
    “This will be my last official act as chairman,” noted Sam Dickson, the at-large representative and county board leader for 2012.
    He thanked his fellow county officials for the good year, even if there were a couple of unspecified hiccups along the way.
    When the time came to select a new chairman, Dickson nominated Supervisor David Hutchins to succeed him.

  • Flea market vendors dipped in 2012

    HILLSVILLE ― If it looked like there were more open spaces in the selling fields of the 2012 Labor Day Flea Market, there’s a reason for that, information from the Town of Hillsville confirms.
    The 2012 flea market continued its downward trend, posting the lowest numbers in nine years in terms of vendor licenses sold.
    Total number of vendors that set up reached 1,362 at the last flea market, according to a report compiled by Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt.

  • Fries reeling in idea for fishing tournament

    FRIES — Fries resident Terry Akers and Fries Town Council have held lengthy discussions at each of the town’s last three meetings about the possibility of hosting a fishing tournament and festival in June.
    Akers originally introduced his idea during the town’s September 2012 meeting, and since that time he has been working with the town to put together all the pieces and build on the idea.

  • Rescue squad giving assets to non-profits

    HILLSVILLE  — Officers with the Hillsville Rescue Squad have decided how to proceed with the agency’s last act  — disbursing its remaining cash assets.
    The rescue squad has been shuttered since a controversy involving a former captain using an ambulance to move furniture, but the organization lingered as members hoped to resuscitate it.
    After clearing out the station on Main Street and selling the equipment and supplies, the rescue squad has set up the process to grant funds to other community organizations.

  • Hospital reports progress in merger's first year

    The April 1, 2012, change that made Twin County Regional Healthcare part of the Duke Lifepoint hospital system has pointed the Galax hospital toward expanding its physician base and seeking new medical office space.
    The changeover also led to four times the typical annual investment in new clinical equipment and facility improvements.
    Those were among highlights of a review of 2012 and look at 2013 that TCRH Chief Executive Officer Jon Applebaum outlined last Thursday at a meeting of its community advisory groups.

  • Man dies in farm tractor accident

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Galax Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to a call Thursday evening when a tractor reportedly flipped over and killed Robert L. “Buster” Coomes of Galax.
    Coomes was found dead at the scene, said Fire Chief David Hankley.
    According to an incident report, Coomes was operating an enclosed cab tractor with a front end loader when the accident occurred.
    “Mr. Coomes was ejected from the tractor, but he was not pinned,” said Hankley.

  • Trailer fire under investigation

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Carroll County authorities are investigating a trailer fire that occurred on Pecan Drive, off of Malibu Drive, early Tuesday morning.
    The fire appeared to have originated on the front porch of an abandoned trailer, according to Investigator Donnie Spangler.

  • Family of 9 loses home to fire

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Galax Fire Department responded to a house fire on Cricket Lane in the Oldtown Community of Grayson County on the afternoon of Dec. 30.
    The home, rented by the immediate and extended family of Andres and Christy Mendoza, was completely destroyed by the fire, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.
    The home was occupied by seven adults, a three-year-old child and a two-week-old infant.