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  • State legislators reach compromise on mental health

    RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers have reached a compromise on reforming mental health policies that satisfies the state senator whose personal tragedy inspired this round of revision to state psychiatric protocols.
    The negotiated deal extends emergency custody orders to 12 hours — the current maximum is six-hours — and requires state hospitals to take patients after eight hours if another bed isn’t found, Sen. Creigh Deeds said.

  • Grayson offering coyote bounty

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors is getting ready to declare war on coyotes.
    A draft coyote ordinance has been provided to members of the board.
    Wilson District Supervisor Eddie Rosenbaum said the large number of coyotes roaming the hills of the county was causing a big problem for farmers.

  • Galax plans new aquatic center

    Galax’s parks and recreation department could have a brand new facility in the future, according to plans revealed at city council’s March 10 meeting.
    Parks and Rec Director Dave Nelson publicly announced plans for a new $3 million aquatic center on Monday. If implemented, the new layout will replace the current playground and outdoor pool located on the upper level of Felts Park on South Main Street.

  • Carroll selects preliminary site for pool, water park

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors limited discussion and action on the pool and water park idea to a couple of housekeeping details at their March meeting.
    Several consultants collaborated on a conceptual plan for facilities at the Carroll County Recreational Park near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange or on the site of the former Woodlawn school. They presented their findings to the supervisors at a special meeting in February.

  • 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.