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  • Readers' Hotline 6/30/14

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  • New state laws take effect July 1

    Several new state laws, passed by the 2014 session of the General Assembly, are likely to affect the daily lives of Virginia citizens. The state Division of Legislative Services put together a list of legislation that has been signed by the governor and, for the most part, will go into effect on July 1.

    Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Galax native named state Director of Family Services

    “I think always my goal ever since I started is that we serve children and families at every point we touch their lives,” said Galax native Carl Ayers, of his career in social work.

    As Floyd County’s director of social services, he’s clearly made a good impression doing just that; the state is ready for him to assume his new position as the director of the Division of Family Services under the Virginia Department of Social Services.

    Ayers, a resident of Woodlawn, said he starts on July 10 and will relocate to Richmond.

  • Old plant could grow into 'food hub'

    INDEPENDENCE — Robert Smith, representing Grayson LandCare, approached Independence Town Council at its June 10 meeting about the possibility of leasing the old Robert Shaw building.

    Town council bought the former manufacturing plant building in March 2012.

    Smith told council members that the number of food growers in Southwest Virginia has expanded enough to warrant the hiring of support personnel to provide logistics, facilities and marketing to take advantage of economics of scale, shared capital equipment and wholesale buyers.

  • U.S. 58 project moving forward

    LAUREL FORK — Vehicles will be driving on new sections of U.S. 58 in Carroll, Floyd and Patrick counties by the end of 2014.

    Branch Highways is entering its third season of construction on the widening 58 project in Laurel Fork, said Pete Copes, general superintendent of Branch Highways Inc., which is under contract with the Virginia Department of Transportation to widen the 8.2 mile section.

  • Local team competes in Great Race

    “The Crooked Road Racers” sounds like a forgotten team from 1971’s “Cannonball Run,” but it isn’t. Led by Galax dentist Dr. Tom Littrell in a 1928 Model-A Ford Roadster highboy, they’re competing in the Great Race, a controlled-speed endurance road rally by vintage, antique and collector cars.

  • Local facility a model market

    The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market has been a main focus of Carroll County for years.
    This has obviously paid off, judging from the reaction it got from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials when they visited the Twin Counties earlier this month.
    Nothing but good things were heard about the market on June 17, when the group took a tour of the main market and the cannery.

  • Galax schools look at grading, class weighting

    Galax City Public Schools is looking at changing the way classes are graded and weighted.

    At the June 10 school board meeting, Dr. Patricia Sebens of the Galax High School guidance department addressed the board in a discussion about the changes.

    “Instead of [the current method of] weighting classes where we give an extra point for classes, we would use the names of the classes to indicate that,” said Sebens. “Colleges would be able to see from the name itself that it was a more rigorous class.”

  • Rabies case reported in Grayson

    The Mount Rogers Health District reports that a local resident is receiving treatment for rabies following exposure to a rabid fox in Grayson County.

    The report does not identify the person.

    According to the report issued this week, the Grayson County Health Department received lab confirmation of rabies on June 12.

    In addition to the human victim, the report says a dog that fought with the fox has been given a rabies booster and will be under observation. The dog was up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

  • Comcast will remain local cable TV provider

    Comcast will remain the cable TV provider for customers in Galax and surrounding areas, despite an earlier announcement that the company would have to get out of the market to avoid a monopoly situation.

    Comcast recently merged with Time Warner Cable.

    Customers in the Roanoke Designated Market Area (DMA), which includes the Twin Counties region, will remain with Comcast, said Russell Byrd, the company’s senior director of government affairs, in a phone interview Tuesday.