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  • State initiative will map broadband access

    Staff Report

    Virginia has launched a new statewide initiative to better understand which areas have the largest gaps in broadband coverage.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the initiative at a ceremony to sign House Bill 912, which makes it easier to put telecommunications infrastructure in the rights-of-way for state-maintained roads.

    The new initiative, RUOnlineVA, provides a platform for Virginia residents and businesses to notify the Commonwealth whether they have access to broadband internet connections.

  • Veteran enters fray to challenge Griffith

    Derek Kitts – a Roanoke native, decorated U.S. Army veteran, Southern Baptist, husband and father – has thrown his hat in the ring to represent the 9th Congressional District as a Democrat who is both pro-gun and pro-choice.

    Kitts did three tours of Iraq and one of Afghanistan, garnering two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

  • Carroll company meets goals earlier than expected

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — A Carroll County company has met its investment goal more than 18 months early and exceeded its hiring goal, after receiving a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant.

    The state money received by Thomas Automation Management (TAM) came with requirements that it meet certain capital and employment targets by October 2017. According to a company news release on Friday, it met those goals in March.

  • Principals' group opposes restroom policies

    The Grayson County School Board’s recent adoption of a policy regulating transgender students’ restroom use has caused some controversy among people on both sides of the issue, and raised questions among those unfamiliar with transgender issues.

    According to the American Psychological Association, “transgender” is an umbrella term that “incorporates differences in gender identity, wherein one’s assigned biological sex doesn’t match their felt identity.”

  • Car decals losing appeal in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Due to loss of revenue, paired with feedback from the community, Grayson County Treasurer Kelly Haga has suggested the elimination of decals for vehicles in the county, in exchange for a fee that will be easier to manage and enforce.

    Haga presented this request to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors at the May 16 meeting.

    In a memo to the board, Haga explained that the county’s decal sales in 2015 generated a revenue of $259,785. The expected revenue was $428,075.

  • Hillsville seizes vehicles in back tax crackdown

    HILLSVILLE – The Town of Hillsville has begun aggressive actions to collect on delinquent tax accounts, seizing property from those who owed last week.

    As approved by town council April 25, the town will take all measures provided by the Code of Virginia to collect on these accounts.

    “Nonpayment of taxes cannot be tolerated, as it is unfair to residents who pay taxes,” town Treasurer LeAnna Surratt said in a statement.

  • Shareholders approve merging local banks

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson National Bank and Bank of Floyd and their respective holding companies, Grayson Bankshares and Cardinal Bankshares, announced last Thursday that their shareholders have overwhelmingly approved a merger combination of their banks.

    The companies combined have more than 200 years of community banking heritage.

  • Federal child sexual abuse charges leveled against Nofsinger

    New federal child sexual abuse charges have been leveled against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., according to copies of a criminal complaint affidavit Virginia-based child advocacy organization Justice For Children Without Voices (JFCWOV) placed on its Facebook page.

  • Hearing set in capital murder case

    The preliminary trial for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., charged in the killings of a Galax mother and daughter, has been set for July 22 at 2 p.m. in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Court.

    Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

    According to the Clerk of Court’s office, the hearing will not be open to the public.

  • Bassett shares business wisdom in new book

    John Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, never appears to think himself too good to talk to anyone, and never talks but that he reminds even the casual listener of a hard-but-fair general making battle plans.