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  • APCo to provide $5.8M in rebates

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission on Nov. 26 agreed with Attorney General Mark Herring that Appalachian Power had overearned during 2012 and 2013 and ordered $5.825 million in rebates to customers to be distributed over the next six months, according to each customer’s usage.

    The rebates will affect more than 500,000 customers of Appalachian Power in central, southwest, and southside Virginia.

  • Prison ministry has successful first year

    INDEPENDENCE — The ministry program at River North Correctional Center appears to be working, according to the prison’s chaplain and other organizers.

    Since Christmas of 2013, the ministry reports that 51 offenders have been saved and there have been 29 baptisms. Attendance at religious programs continues to grow and is nearing 200.

    Chaplain R.B. Anderson is hopeful. “Last year, we had 23 offenders attend worship for Christmas. This year we may have 230.”

  • Police chief serving on state drug task force

    RICHMOND — The Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse held its first meeting Nov. 12, in Richmond, to recommend immediate steps to address a growing and dangerous epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in Virginia.

    In attendance was Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, who was appointed earlier this year as part of the 29-member task force. Clark is one of three municipal police chiefs across the state selected to serve.

  • Infection Prevention: Beyond the common cold & flu

    By AGNES A. SMITH

    Chief Nursing Officer, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With the advent of fall, cold and flu season arrives, which means it’s time to arm yourself and your loved ones with the proper preventive measures to stay well.

    Be prepared by making sure you and your family have had your annual immunizations, as well as taking sensible measures to avoid the spread of illness.

  • Merchants concerned over parade plans

    HILLSVILLE — Downtown merchants expressed their concern to the Hillsville Town Council earlier this month after hearing about several changes that have been made to this year’s Christmas celebration.

    In previous years, the annual event began with the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony. However, this year’s plan includes a later start date, with the tree lighting slated for 5:15 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.

  • Police: witness drove stolen car to court

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — While a Galax man was in court testifying in a murder case last week, police in Independence discovered that the car he drove to court was stolen from West Virginia.

    Now, two Galax residents are facing charges.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner said he was investigating a suspicious vehicle call at the Independence Post Office on Nov. 20 when he observed a man and woman walking in that area.

  • Christmas food fund taking donations

    The Galax Community Christmas Food Fund is kicking off it annual activities.

    Spearheaded by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, the fund helps the public provide holiday food staples for needy families.

    The goal is to raise $30,000 to purchase two food boxes for 550 less fortunate families in the area. For many years, this effort was handled by the Galax Y’s Men’s Club; the fire department has now taken on the project.

  • Grayson to borrow $40,000 for water project

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to borrow $40,000 to complete a project replacing lead-based water meters that officials describe as obsolete.

    The vote came during the supervisors regular monthly meeting Nov. 13 and did not include supervisors John Brewer or David Sexton, neither of whom attended the meeting.

  • Exit 1 utility work nears completion

    LAMBSBURG – Now that the water storage tank has been completed at Exit 1 on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, the next step in the water improvement project is to complete the pump station under construction off Imogene Road.

    Once the pump station is completed early next year, it will pump water to the new 105,000-gallon tank on Cedar Lane in the Lambsburg community of Carroll County. That tank was completed last month by general contractor Eastern Tank & Utility Service.

  • Wreck damages vehicles, causes minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash in Galax caused consequential damage to two automobiles but only a minor injury to one driver on Nov. 18, according to Galax Police Officer Silverio Gonzalez, who responded to the accident.

    A 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Amanda Lynn Jansen, 25, of Galax, was hit by a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Russell James Kirby, 28, also of Galax, at about 12:03 p.m. Gonzales said.