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  • Population report shows local gains and losses

    According to a study done by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Virginia’s population has increased by less than 1 percent each year since 2010 — the commonwealth’s lowest growth rate in decades.

    Locally, Grayson County and Galax gained residents, while Carroll County lost some.

    With more than 8.3 million residents as of July 1, 2014, Virginia remains the nation’s 12th-largest state and ranks 10th in numerical gain between 2013 and 2014.

  • Galax City Council honors Eagle Scouts

    At Monday night’s meeting, Galax City Council awarded special recognition to Boy Scout Troop 188, especially five of its members who attained the rank of Eagle Scout — Jack Haga, Tate Haga (who was unable to attend), Denver Nuckolls, Graham Parks and Ian Schaeffer.

    The Scouts each received a certificate of recognition from council.

  • Five vehicles involved in two wrecks

    Two separate motor vehicle accidents occurred Sunday evening at almost the same time; both happened on U.S. 58 at 58 Grocery and Deli, according to Virginia State Trooper D.A. Phipps, who investigated both incidents.

  • Senate OKs bill to freeze electricity rate, halt reviews

    RICHMOND — The Senate voted Friday for a five-year timeout on state reviews of a majority of electric utilities’ profits, while freezing base electric rates for the same time period.

    SB1349, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), passed 32-6. It now goes to the House of Delegates for review and a vote.

  • American Mirror cited for worker's death

    American Mirror in Galax has received a Virginia Occupational Safety & Health Administration citation regarding the 2014 death of a maintenance worker, according to the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, which is still conducting an investigation.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Vamoose, vultures: fireworks, dead birds used to disperse ‘infestation’

    Some of Galax’s most unwanted visitors for the past couple of years has been a large flock of vultures — as many as 100 — that roosts in trees near Twin County Regional Hospital and on the roof of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture’s Shaw Street warehouse building.

    The black-winged birds have been circling overhead for weeks, but their creepiness isn’t what prompted city officials to seek a way to disperse the flock — they’re causing damage to the furniture plant’s roof.

  • Car runs into nursing home

    UPDATED:

    A 2002 Subaru Forester driven by Lona Lineberry crashed into a brick retaining wall at Waddell Nursing & Rehab Center’s Painter Street entrance at 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 6, according to Galax Police Capt. James Cox.

    Lineberry, while traveling south on Painter Street, attempted to pull into a parking space, said Cox, when she hit the wall. Cox said that she told police she had been having some difficulty with the vehicle’s brakes.

    Estimated damage to the wall was $5,000 and to the vehicle was $2,000, Cox said.

  • TeamHealth to manage hospital's ER

    Twin County Regional Hospital announced a new partnership related to its emergency department that was effective Feb. 1.

    The hospital said it is committed to exceptional medical care by partnering with TeamHealth, one of the nation’s leading providers of emergency department staffing and management services.

    TeamHealth will manage a core group of community-based emergency physicians for the department. Patients will be treated by high-quality emergency care providers while benefiting from programs and services offered by TeamHealth.

  • ANTHEM DATA BREACH: What you need to know

    Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach, this one at Anthem Insurance. Unknown hackers apparently stole personal identifying information from current and former Anthem customers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information that can be used for identity theft.

    Anthem has set up a separate website with information on the breach, but the Better Business Bureau recommends that consumers always go to a company’s main website first and follow links from there.

  • Grayson near top in job creation for 2014

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County finished second in job creation per capita for calendar year 2014 out of all 95 counties and 36 independent cities in Virginia.

    That’s according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Virginia Announcements of Employment Creation and Capital Investment’s 2014 End of Year Report released last month.

    Leading the commonwealth in 2014 and finishing just slightly ahead of Grayson County was Appomattox County.