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  • Auxiliary gym could solve many issues at CCHS

    HILLSVILLE — Adding an auxiliary gym along and other improvements to Carroll County High School would solve a variety of space, accessibility and security issues there, Schools Superintendent Strader Blankenship told the county supervisors Monday.
    Blankenship attended the regular February supervisors’ meeting at the request of Pine Creek Representative Bob Martin, in connection with a $3.4 million capital improvement plan request involving the high school and an auxiliary gym.

  • Fight for Kroger continues

    It might be difficult to push a shopping cart through Galax’s Kroger parking lot next Tuesday without accidentally bumping into one of the store’s supporters.
    On Feb. 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m., the blacktop could be filled with community members who are sad, angry, frustrated and determined to keep the business open.

  • Hillsville town manager resigns

    HILLSVILLE — Travis Jackson has announced that he will step down as Hillsville’s town manager at the end of this month, after just more than a year on the job.
    Jackson submitted his resignation last week, after he was presented with an opportunity to lead a foundation that he has been a part of for several years.

  • Prison ministry growing at River North

    INDEPENDENCE — Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.
    R.B. Anderson is conducting services while also in training at River North, after having recently been hired by the River North Ministry Council (RNMC) to the part-time chaplain position.

  • Bill offers new hope for training centers

    RICHMOND — While specific bills to protect Virginia’s training centers have failed in the General Assembly, supporters of the facilities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are heartened by a Senate proposal meant to protect residents from being transferred to places with inferior care.

  • Arson info reward increased

    A Galax man has again upped the reward that he will pay for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved with a fire that destroyed the old Stevens Creek school building in October 2012.

  • 'Andrew's Law' wins Senate approval

    RICHMOND — “Andrew’s Law,” named after a fallen Virginia State Police trooper, has received unanimous approval in two Senate committees and was headed to a third.

  • Golf carts could be allowed on Galax streets

    After months of research and discussion, Galax City Council has approved a draft ordinance to allow golf carts on certain roads in and around the city’s downtown area.
    Council made the decision to move forward with the ordinance last month.

  • With no support, zoning referendum bill fails

    RICHMOND — With no testimony offered before a Virginia Senate committee and no unanimous support from county supervisors, a bill was killed on Tuesday that would have put Grayson’s zoning ordinance to a popular vote.
    The Grayson Board of Supervisors is divided on whether to get rid of zoning, which guides land use and development. It has split 3-2, with the majority faction opposed to zoning.

  • Workers stabilizing wetland at Island Creek

    HILLSVILLE — The stream that flows through the Hillsville Elementary School property next to the FFA farm meanders enough, but still causes deep erosion in its banks.
    Water running under the hillside through Island Creek has actually stripped a large patch on the bank bare of topsoil and vegetation in a sharp bend.
    Erosion would have continued to degrade the quality of the stream, but Branch Highways will step in to repair that damage as part of a contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation.