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  • General Assembly lifts Sunday hunting ban

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Virginians will have the right to hunt on Sunday beginning July 1, according to a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
    House Bill 1237, introduced by Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), gives private landowners and their family members lawful authority to hunt and kill wild birds and nuisance species on their property, provided the land is not within 200 yards of a “place of worship.”

  • Hiker found dead in Mount Rogers

    MOUNT ROGERS — The body of a retired newspaper editor from Baltimore, Md., was found in a sleeping bag near Mount Rogers in Grayson County last Sunday.
    According to the Baltimore Sun website, Edward Deal Hewitt, 70, had been on vacation in Biloxi, Miss., and had planned to hike to the top of Mount Rogers, the highest mountain in Virginia. He died of an apparent heart attack.
    According to the Sun, Hewitt was born and raised in Portsmouth and was an “inveterate runner and hiker.”

  • Baywood native saves wreck victim's life

    A Baywood native and officer for a Marine Corps base in N.C. made his family and fellow officers proud when he followed his instincts to rescue a motorist from an overturned vehicle during Winter Storm Leon in late January.

  • Legislators depart capitol without budget

    RICHMOND — Mental health reform? Check.
    Ethics reform? Check.
    State budget to fund core government services? Nope.
    Hopelessly divided over Medicaid expansion, General Assembly partisans departed the Capitol on Saturday afternoon at the close of this winter’s 60-day session without agreement on the next two-year budget.

  • Fire destroys buildings, burns 20 acres

    UPDATED 3/12/14:

  • Medicaid expansion divides legislature

    UPDATE: 3/9/14:

    Mental health reform? Check.

    Ethics reform? Check.

    State budget to fund core government services? Nope.

    Hopelessly divided over Medicaid expansion, General Assembly partisans departed the Capitol on Saturday afternoon at the close of this winter's 60-day session without agreement on the next two-year budget.

  • Health needs assessment complete

     

  • Five running for four seats on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five people in the running to fill them.
    The incumbents holding those seats all plan to run again, according to information from the State Board of Elections. They include Margo Crouse, John Garner, Willie Greene and C.M. Mitchell. They will be joined on the ballot in the May 5 election by political newcomer Ches Helmick, a financial planner at Edward Jones in downtown Galax.
    In the city, candidates are all at-large and do not represent any particular district or ward.

  • Five running for four seats on city council

    Four seats on Galax City Council are up for re-election this year, with five people in the running to fill them.
    The incumbents holding those seats all plan to run again, according to information from the State Board of Elections. They include Margo Crouse, John Garner, Willie Greene and C.M. Mitchell. They will be joined on the ballot in the May 5 election by political newcomer Ches Helmick, a financial planner at Edward Jones in downtown Galax.
    In the city, candidates are all at-large and do not represent any particular district or ward.

  • Crowder to seek another term as mayor

    HILLSVILLE — Three incumbents on Hillsville Town Council will face three challengers in races for the mayor’s office and two ward seats, according to information from the Carroll Voter’s Registration office.
    Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file qualifying paperwork for May’s municipal ballots, and six met the requirements, in all.
    For mayor, Greg Crowder will seek re-election, this time challenged by Billie Taylor.