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  • State puts focus on human trafficking

    RICHMOND — Attorney General Mark R. Herring has launched a statewide campaign to raise awareness in Virginia of human trafficking and resources available to victims.

    Billboards and signs are going up on major highways across the state, along with signage at every Virginia rest area, encouraging victims or those with information about possible human trafficking to contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline.

  • Carroll honored for growing jobs, pumpkins

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County recently received special recognition by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for encouraging entrepreneurship and job growth.

    Carroll was one of 13 counties selected nationwide for recognition in NACo’s special publication, “Strong Economies, Resilient Counties: The Role of Counties in Economic Development.”

    The two-page presentation applauded Carroll’s business retention strategies, the Crossroads Small Business Development Center and its pumpkin agricultural cluster.

  • Pumpkin Festival a growing attraction in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE ― The 2014 Pumpkin Festival event in Carroll County drew a crowd so large, event coordinators have requested an expanded venue and more attractions for next year’s event.

    Assistant Director of Tourism and Visitor Center Manager Amanda Bourne recently presented the head count and other data to the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    “The crowd doubled in size in a year, which is excellent. We are very happy about that,” Bourne told the board.

  • Gunman holds up store in Fancy Gap

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a gunman who reportedly held up a Fancy Gap store on Dec. 27.

    According to a news release from Sheriff J.B. Gardner, the sheriff’s office received a call at approximately 4:20 p.m. last Saturday of an armed robbery at Faye’s Country Store, located at 7284 Fancy Gap Highway. Responding deputies were advised by the owner that a white male, wearing camouflage clothing and a mask and carrying a hand gun, entered the store and demanded money.

  • Gov. briefs lawmakers on budget cuts, spending

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his administration has closed the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall and has millions to spare for new spending.

    The governor recently proposed amendments to the state’s two-year budget before members of the House and Senate financial committees.

  • TCRH offers help with healthcare enrollment

    This week marks the last day of health care coverage for those with a 2014 Health Insurance Marketplace plan, and the first day of available covered for 2015, depending on when individuals enrolled or re-enrolled.

    Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) in Galax is offering advice during this open enrollment season, which lasts through Feb. 15.

  • Carroll sheriff's office gets drug drop-off unit

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant from CVS Pharmacy to install an unused prescription drug collection unit, according to a news release.

    The new unit will be located at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office lobby, where it will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.

  • Davis chosen to fill Galax council seat

    After a closed-session meeting on Monday night, Galax City Council appointed Bill Davis Jr. to fill the empty council seat left by former council member Bill Webb, who officially stepped down earlier this month.

    Davis serves on the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Southwest Regional Enterprise Center boards. He is also the manager at First Citizens Bank in Galax.

  • Tougher laws for senior drivers take effect Jan. 1

    Stricter driver’s license-renewal rules for older drivers go into effect in Virginia on Jan. 1, including accelerated renewal cycles and age-specific procedures for in-person renewals.

    The new law lowers the age for mandatory in-person license renewal to 75 from 80.

    Virginia drivers age 75 and older will no longer be eligible to renew their driver’s license electronically or by mail.

    Instead, they must apply in person for every renewal, beginning at age 75.

  • City, counties receive enterprise zone status

    RICHMOND — Galax, Carroll and Grayson are part of a new regional enterprise zone, which will help with business recruitment and expansion through state grants and incentives.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced new and renewed Virginia Enterprise Zone (VEZ) designations, and the application from the city and counties was approved.