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  • Bill seeks to ban teen drivers' cellphone use

    RICHMOND — Teen drivers who use cellphones while operating a vehicle can now be ticketed for that behavior if police stop them for another offense.
    A bill that cleared the Virginia Senate on Jan. 26 would tighten the restriction on cellphone use by provisional license holders, meaning authorities could stop them simply for using their phone while operating a vehicle.

  • Supervisors debate trash collection fee


    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors attracted a standing room only crowd at a continued meeting and work session Jan. 19.
    Citizens were interested in the fate of the trash collection fee that has been charged for the past several months.
    Newly elected chairman David Sexton thanked everyone for coming, but said no public comments would be taken at the meeting.

  • Sunday hunting ban closer to repeal

    RICHMOND — By a decisive margin, the state Senate passed legislation this afternoon that would allow Virginians to hunt on private property on Sundays.
    The Senate voted 29-11 to pass the legislation, despite objections from some rural legislators who voiced concerns that Sunday hunting would disrupt other outdoor activities and the well-being of their communities.
    The legislation still could face a tough fight in the House of Delegates, which has yet to act on any Sunday hunting legislation in this session.

  • SWVA Training Center to close by 2018


  • Carroll now objects to lease for AmerLink

    WILSON, N.C. — The hearing on selling the lease to the former AmerLink model home sales center has been delayed to Feb. 16 after Carroll County raised objections with the bankruptcy court.
    Carroll County, through a court filing dated Jan. 20, has asked for more specifics about apparent high bidder Jim Dixon’s future uses for the log home structures located at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market.

  • Bills call for drug testing of welfare recipients

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    RICHMOND — A House of Delegates committee has advanced legislation that would require drug testing of Virginia welfare recipients, despite objections from Democrats who argued that the proposal amounts to a targeted attack on poor people.
    And, Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) is patron of a nearly identical bill in the Virginia Senate, SB 318, which has been referred to the Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services.

  • Governor announces training center will close in 2018

    RICHMOND — Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that community based services will become the watchword for care for people with disabilities who were once residents of the five training centers around the state.

    A feature of the settlement with a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice involves closing training centers, including the one in Carroll County by 2018.

    Here's a statement from the governor's office, issued Thursday:


  • Vaughan-Bassett to re-open Webb plant

    UPDATED 1/29/12

  • Free test has few takers


  • General Assembly News 1/25/12

    Conservative Caucus optimistic about agenda