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  • Road repairs underway after storms

    At this point, no one in the Twin County area is surprised when they hear the weather forecast announce a heavy rain or thunderstorm.
    And for the past couple of months, the storms have become so prolonged and severe, they have caused a level of structural damage that will take time and money to come back from.
    Galax Public Works Director Charles Joyce has had every available hand working on street repairs since a series of storms hit Galax over the past several weeks.

  • Hospital looks to future

    After researching what the community is looking for in health and wellness, Twin County Regional Healthcare has begun taking strides in that direction.
    Hospital CEO Jon Applebaum presented several examples of recent progress at a joint meeting of TCRH community advisory groups on July 18.
    “There is a lot of progress going on,” Applebaum began. “We have a lot of definitive plans with new physicians arriving and new services, as well as other things we are planning.”

  • Grayson supervisors consider zoning amendment

    INDEPENDENCE — Supervisor David Sexton voiced concerns about Grayson County’s zoning ordinance during the board’s July 11 meeting.
    Specifically, Sexton questioned article 4.6, which sets the required 40-foot right-of-way for a principal structure.
    Sexton raised questions about the code due to comments and concerns he had received from citizens.

  • Galax lands $1.2M in grants so far this year

    After Carroll County had to eliminate grants administrator Brenda Marrah’s position with the county due to budget cuts in 2011, the City of Galax wasted no time in snapping her up.
    Right away, she set to work bringing in a flood of federal, state and private grants to help fund different projects throughout the city.
    By November of that year, the city had been awarded nearly $470,000 in FEMA grant money.

  • DMV implements tax increase

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes stemming from the transportation funding legislation that became effective July 1.
    Starting July 1, the sales and use tax (SUT) increased from 3 to 4 percent. Additionally, per the new legislation, the tax will now be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75.

  • VFW monument honors the fallen

    HILLSVILLE — Officials with the Grover King VFW Post 1115 wanted the public to know that they put a $3,000 community grant towards a memorial for fallen soldiers.
    The VFW post received the money from the now-defunct Hillsville Rescue Squad as the former emergency medical provider disbursed its remaining funds as its last act. Veteran Ed Buchanan said the post used the funds to create a new memorial that’s positioned at the main entrance to the post in Hillsville.

  • Grant keeping Galax firefighters safe

    Galax Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah looked on Tuesday night as members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department fitted themselves with brand new masks and air packs purchased with a federal grant that Marrah landed for the city.
    Capt. Mike Ayers, a GVFD officer and the city’s new Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, demonstrated how the advanced pieces of equipment work.

  • Drown-Town Galax: Floods hit historic district

    This year’s second “Cruisin’ & Groovin” event in Galax was met with an unexpected and destructive twist, when yet another heavy downpour resulted in one of the worst floods that the city has seen in 50 years.
    Over the past several weeks, citizens of the Twin Counties have come to expect rainy weather.
    According to the National Weather Service, the area has already seen 600 percent of the average expected rainfall in July.

  • Carroll: Problems arise from PC actions

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors spent much of their July 8 meeting discussing problems that have arisen from decisions made by the county’s planning commission over the years, including misplaced use of policies and an incorrectly adopted site plan for a recreational vehicle development.
    Policies wrongly adopted by the Carroll County Planning Commission — that should have been handled as amendments to the subdivision ordinance — were adopted incorrectly, the supervisors discussed with County Attorney Jim Cornwell at the July 8 meeting.

  • Carroll gives lot behind Carter Home to Town of Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  — Town officials plan to create a space for a community farmers market and a venue for local events, now that the Carroll supervisors have agreed to transfer the parking lot behind the historic Carter Home to Hillsville.
    Town Manager Travis Jackson was the sole speaker to appear at the June public hearing on the transfer of the .7044 acre behind the history home once owned by the family of early industrial magnate George L. Carter.
    The lot would still be used for public parking, but with additions, Jackson explained to the county officials.