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  • Humane Society offers tips on animal advocacy

    HILLSVILLE — An effort to criminalize using dogs to chase foxes kept in pens is one bill that animal advocates can lobby for with their state legislators, said the Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
    Laura Donahue recently visited Hillsville with Casey Pheiffer, senior director of wildlife policy, to talk about ways that those concerned about the rights of companion animals and wildlife could make a difference by participating in political processes.

  • Tethering can be deadly for dogs

    Neglect cases cause concern for animal control officer, especially dogs tied up and ignored and pets left in hot vehicles.



    Animal Control Officer Veronica Bryant opened the door to one of the kennels, revealing a mixed-breed male dog that had been rescued earlier that day.

  • Geico to sponsor Virginia rest stops

    RICHMOND — A national insurance company mascot will beckon to visitors at the rest area on Interstate 77 in Lambsburg and other such facilities around the state, due to increasing corporate sponsorship opportunities under Gov. Bob McDonnell.
    After then-Gov. Tim Kaine closed some of the state rest areas in a round of cuts during his last budget, McDonnell reversed that decision as one of his first acts when he won the state office.

  • Police will take back old meds


  • Hillsville is ready to make an offer


    HILLSVILLE — Town council members emerged from a closed session at their meeting Monday evening and announced they would make an offer to a town manager candidate.

    They did not release the name of the candidate, pending his acceptance of the position.

  • Art school plans to expand


    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has announced a funding plan for the construction of a new woodworking studio building, which is phase III of its growth project in downtown Galax.  
    Chestnut Creek Executive Director Chris Shackelford, Board Chair Theresa Lazo and City of Galax Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah presented blueprints and the funding plan for the project to Galax City Council on Sept. 10.

  • More overseas visitors coming to city, state

    Virginia as a whole, and Galax in particular, are becoming more popular destinations for foreign travelers.

  • Kanawha Valley to make changes in wake of ABC violation

    DUGSPUR — Kanawha Valley Arena will make some changes after two new Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control violations, according to information posted to the Carroll County attraction’s Facebook page.
    “From what we were informed, KVA has sold alcohol after 12:00 midnight and allowed our customers to finish their alcoholic beverages after 12:00 midnight,” the post said.
    Representatives of the Virginia ABC in Richmond said there is an ongoing investigation of the business.

  • Wildwood grant could help land major business

    RICHMOND — A grant of $6 million has been recommended for the Wildwood Commerce Park initiative in Carroll County, if the funds can help the Twin County region land a major business prospect.

  • TCRH to begin roofing project

    Twin County Regional Hospital will begin the first phase of its facility improvements as a part of the new Duke LifePoint affiliation, beginning with a roofing project. On Sept. 19, the emergency department patients and traffic will temporarily be routed to the main entrance of the hospital.  
    Hospital personnel will be on hand to offer assistance.
    In a press release, TCRH thanked everyone for their understanding and said the hospital "looks forward to future projects that will enhance patient care for the community."