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  • Bill to drug-test welfare recipients appears dead

    RICHMOND — A House committee  appeared to end Republican-led efforts to require welfare recipients to submit to drug testing to receive benefits.
    The House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee voted 14-6 to send SB 6 to the House Appropriations Committee, which appears likely to table the bill. The bill was sponsored by Chesterfield County Republican Sen. Steve Martin. A similar House bill, sponsored by Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), was tabled for the year by the Appropriations Committee, which cited annual costs of more than $1 million.

  • Wreck spills seafood on I-77


  • Galax lands more grants

    The City of Galax has received more than $3 million in grants since grants administrator Brenda Marrah came on board a few months ago.
    Recently, the city was awarded an $11,000 grant for a Community Emergency Response Team. Marrah announced this grant allocation — the second for the program — at Galax City Council’s Feb. 13 meeting.
    A few months ago, the city was awarded $6,000 to start the CERT program.

  • Library bids allow more work than expected

    HILLSVILLE  — Favorable bids for renovations at Carroll Public Library will pay for more work than county officials had hoped for, Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank explained at the supervisors’ meeting Feb. 13.
    Carroll County had landed a $200,000 grant from Rural Development’s Community  Facilities Program that, along with a $66,700 match, will pay for significant improvements to the library that was built in 1982.

  • Legislators push to open prison


  • Where do bills stand at General Assembly's halfway point?

    RICHMOND ― The conventional wisdom about Richmond politics has been turned on its ear this year, as many controversial bills that once were consigned to the legislative dustbin have found new strength thanks to the Republican control of both houses.

    Here’s a look at the landscape as it stands now, just past the deadline for each house to complete action on its respective bills.

    Legislation that has been approved now moves to the other chamber for consideration.

    Still to come: wrangling over the state budget.

  • Missing teens found

    Two 15-year-olds last seen on Saturday night have been located safely, and the adult they were with is in custody, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    The teens, Gabriella Faith Davis and Emma Lee Padgett, left in a vehicle on Saturday night with a 20-year-old woman, Catheryn Denise “Cat” Miller, who police say allegedly robbed a resident of money at Glendale Apartments the same day.

  • Carroll makes $1.6M offer on KDH buildings


  • Neff practiced law for 55 years in Galax

    Harvey Neff, a longtime attorney in the Galax area, passed away Feb. 15 at age 86.
    Neff, a native of Rural Retreat and veteran of the Merchant Marines and U.S. Army, started his law practice in Fries in 1949 after graduating from the University of Richmond. He later moved his office to Galax.
    Neff was a practicing attorney for 55 years and served two terms as Grayson commonwealth's attorney.

  • Hospital, Duke hold public meeting on merger