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  • Bill would help terminal patients get experimental treatments

    When the Virginia General Assembly convenes in January, Sen. Bill Stanley plans to introduce a piece of healthcare legislation aimed at helping terminally ill patients.

    Stanley (R-20th District) represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

    Stanley’s SB732, seeks to expand access to experimental drugs and other devices to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to utilize these treatments in order to prolong or save their lives.

  • Patients falling into healthcare 'coverage gap'

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.

    The sessions usually end in gratitude — and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net.

    But occasionally there’s frustration, even anger, from people who find the premiums and deductibles in the federal marketplace too much for their pocketbook.

  • Governor McAuliffe announces $1 million investment in Carroll County

    HILLSVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that Thomas Automation Management (TAM), an automation firm that solves industrial IT problems for companies around the world, will invest $1 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, creating 15 new jobs.

    It was the fifth economic development announcement for Carroll County this year, officials noted as they spoke of the partnerships that have been developed for the sake of economic growth.

  • Police sex bribe case has Carroll connection

    SALEM — The case against a Salem police detective and federal drug agent charged with trading lenient sentences for sex has a surprising connection to Carroll County.

    Kevin Christopher Moore, 42, of Roanoke County, has pleaded guilty to soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for a recommendation of a more lenient sentence.

    Media reports about the story indicate that Moore first arranged to have sex with a federal defendant at a motel in Hillsville, before choosing instead to hold their rendezvous in Fancy Gap.

  • Grayson employees praised for United Way donations

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The United Way’s fundraising efforts in Grayson County are going well, according to Chris Brown, the organization’s Twin County area resource development manager.

    “Our campaign goal this year is $100,000 and as of today [Dec. 11], we’re at about 66 percent, so we are right on schedule to make our campaign goal by end of year,” Brown told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during his presentation at last week’s regular meeting.

  • Council will meet to talk about filling vacancy

    Galax City Council will use its Dec. 22 meeting to discuss the appointment of a council member to fill former council member Bill Webb’s unexpired term until the special election.

    The election is pending approval. If legal permission is not granted for the election in November 2015, as council has requested, it must be held in May.

    Webb resigned last month due to health reasons, but his term does not expire until June 30, 2016. Council must appoint someone to fill that term until the regular election in May 2016.

  • Branch Highways hits halfway mark on U.S. 58 project

    HILLSVILLE — Branch Highways has completed approximately half of the U.S. 58 widening project in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties.

    “We have finished our third season of construction activity and have made significant progress on the Laurel Fork project,” said Pete Copes, Branch’s general superintendent. “The team met all its construction goals for the year, and we look forward to resuming work in the spring.”

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

  • Carroll authorities capture armed man

    The Carroll County Sheriff's Office arrested a Cana man on Tuesday after he reportedly threatened police officers and attempted to flee from arrest.