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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 3/18/13

    Living in sin
    I saw in The Gazette that our lawmakers in Richmond have made another sin legal. It has always been illegal to live together if you were not married, even though a lot of our couples broke God’s and man’s law. Some unmarried couples that live together even attend church together. God will be their judge. Read your Bible. God’s law does not change.

    Big government

  • Bluegrass, conspiracy link a real stretch for Tea Party

    This column by Dan Casey originally was published in The Roanoke Times.

  • Medicare card replacement scam targets Va. seniors

    Numerous seniors have contacted the Better Business Bureau in Western Virginia to report suspicious phone calls claiming to be from Medicare, according to a BBB alert issued last week.
    The consumers were told they needed to provide their banking information in order to replace expiring Medicare cards. The BBB is alerting seniors that this is a scam.

  • Airport terminal work to start soon

    HILLSVILLE — As increased traffic takes flight at Twin County Airport, officials at the facility expect to have a modern terminal to welcome pilots by the end of 2013.
    Tom Jones, chairman of the airport commission, stood in what is now the parking lot last Friday and pointed to a flag by the recently built commercial hangar.
    That flag marks the southern end of where the 4,000-square-foot terminal will go, taking up much of the asphalt area outside a low chainlink fence.

  • Board asks Carroll for more school funding

    HILLSVILLE — The increased revenue that county schools will request from the Carroll supervisors won’t even cover the new expenses coming from state and federal government mandates, the school board discussed at its March 14 meeting.
    And educators still don’t know what the impacts on federal programs that sequestration will have on Carroll schools.
    The changes to federal and state revenues that Superintendent Strader Blankenship discussed in his first budget presentation aren’t huge at this point.

  • Music trail chooses harmony over discord

    The Crooked Road has ended its effort to achieve National Heritage Area status, after Tea Party groups alleged that the move would put local land use decisions under federal control. The trail that includes the Twin Counties would have been eligible for federal grants to promote mountain music.

  • Helicopter business takes off at airport

    HILLSVILLE — A new fixed base operator has Twin County Airport on the radar of many helicopter pilots from the region.
    Bill Bryant had gotten interested in flying first with radio controlled models, but then spun up his involvement in flying by building his own helicopter in 2000.
    He fabricated the frame and installed a Geo Metro engine in the aircraft, which he often flies at 500 feet above the Twin Counties.

  • School board to hold special called meeting

    A special called meeting of the Grayson County School Board will be held on

    March 18 at 6 p.m. in the Grayson County Courthouse Boardroom. The purpose is to discuss the school budget and to take action on the VPSA Financing Bonds Resolution.

  • Grayson school budget short $172K

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board approved its 2013-14 budget on March 11 with a more than $172,000 shortfall on the revenue side.
    Board members will hold a joint budget work session with county supervisors on March 18 to try and close the gap.
    The budget, with revenues totaling $20.7 million, includes a 3 percent raise for all staff and will likely be tweaked in the coming months as the board looks at replacing old vehicles and cost savings associated with an early retirement plan.

  • Carroll fatality's cause unknown

    Virginia State Police responded to a single-car accident that resulted in a fatality near the intersection of Virginia 94 and Byllesby Road in Carroll County on March 12, according to Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    The accident resulted in an injury and one fatality, Vaughan said.
    Driver Tammy Lyn Richardson was reportedly traveling south on Virginia 94 near the intersection of Byllesby when she suddenly ran off of the road. Her husband, Steven Lee Richardson, was a passenger.