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  • Two seek Pipers Gap seat on Carroll board

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE
    StaffHILLSVILLE — A choice between two candidates in the Pipers Gap District is the only contested race for the Carroll Board of Supervisors this fall.
    Republican incumbent Tom Littrell will face a challenge from independent Robert “Robbie” McCraw on Nov. 5 in the first election after Carroll County implemented staggered terms.
    The fall general election also features two incumbent supervisors who are running unopposed in their districts — Joshua Hendrick in Laurel Fork and Phil McCraw in Fancy Gap.

  • Fewer flea market vendors means less economic impact

    HILLSVILLE — The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market shed another 124 vendors in 2013 and has dropped by a third of its 2003 numbers.
    While parties on the ground reported good shopper attendance in 2013, fewer vendors means less impact on the local economy, because of a decrease in the funds that change hands between vendors to the land owners with spaces to rent to them.
    In the last decade, 2003 saw the most interest from vendors in setting up at the flea market, according to licensing figures from the Town of Hillsville. That year, 1,880 vendors came to town.

  • Weatherman running for school board in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Fred Weatherman of Independence is running for election for the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Weatherman, 66, is no stranger to the school board. He served two terms, 1996-2003, including three years as chairman.
    “Our school system is a business,” Weatherman said. “Our product is our kids.”

  • Woodlawn School auctions pieces of history

    The last official Carroll County school system function at the long-standing Woodlawn facility was the surplus auction on Saturday.

  • Hospital helps navigate new healthcare marketplace

    Despite the ongoing battle that has resulted in a deadlock between Congress and President Obama, the next phase of the Affordable Care Act — the new federal health insurance marketplace — entered its third day of open enrollment on Thursday.
    Because of the ongoing controversy and media coverage, the health care law often referred to as  “Obamacare” is known by almost everyone. But even for those who have followed the new law’s progress over the past three years, the rules might still seem pretty confusing.

  • Galax tops tourism spending growth list

    Southwest Virginia reached a milestone in tourism last year, and the numbers confirm that the City of Galax made the top of the list for bringing in more visitors from around the world.
    Traveler spending in Galax increased 71 percent between 2004 and 2012.
    Last year, the Southwest Virginia region generated more than $927 million in travel expenditures, according to an announcement made at the 2013 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference on Sept. 20.

  • Airport adds new manager as terminal work begins

    HILLSVILLE — A retired Air Force mechanic, flight engineer and non-commissioned officer will guide the direction of the Twin County Airport in the future.
    Scott Stansfield has taken on the mission to help the airport become more of a hub of activity and community asset.
    The airport has been making progress in updating its facilities, as shown by the ground-breaking for a modern terminal to replace the one built in the 1960s. Ground was broken the day after Stansfield assumed his duties as manager.

  • Motorcycle accident victims recovering

    Family and friends of two people seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on Sept. 29 report that they are recovering slowly in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital.

  • Help is out there for healthcare enrollment

    The much-anticipated new healthcare marketplaces, previously known as exchanges, opened for business on Tuesday.
    Created by the Affordable Care Act, they’re hubs where people who don’t have coverage from government programs or their employers can buy health insurance to take effect next year. That’s when the health law requires most people to be covered or pay a tax penalty.

  • Prison opening came after long wait

    INDEPENDENCE — After years of anticipation and struggles for funding in the General Assembly, River North Correctional Center in Independence officially became operational last week following a ribbon cutting Sept. 25.
    The $105 million, 1,024-bed, medium security (Level 4) facility was open to hundreds of state and local dignitaries and officials for the afternoon ceremony and guided tours of the facility.