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  • Unemployed won't be forced to volunteer

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Jan. 30 killed legislation aimed at requiring Virginia unemployment recipients to perform volunteer service work to remain eligible for benefits.
    On a voice vote, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee shot down Sen. Bill Stanley’s bill amid concerns that passing it would put Virginia out of conformity with federal law and jeopardize a credit that state employers receive on their federal unemployment taxes.

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  • Trash fee called 'unethical'

    INDEPENDENCE — Two members of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors have come up with a proposed plan to eliminate the trash fee and save the taxpayers money.
    Board Chairman David Sexton, the at-large member, and John Brewer, the Providence District supervisor, unveiled the plan last week in a prepared statement.
    The statement is in line with popular speculation in Grayson that the county created the trash fee to pay off school construction and renovation debt — something the county administrator says is not entirely accurate.

  • From classroom to crime scene


  • Maroon Tide run ends at 31

    MAX MEADOWS –– After being hammered by 24 points the last time out on its home floor, one big question about Fort Chiswell was how would the Pioneers respond.

    Quite nicely, as it turned out. Now the same must be asked of Galax.

    The Maroon Tide saw its 31-game winning streak come to a halt Wednesday night as Fort Chiswell used a strong finish to take a 54-50 win in a Mountain Empire District game. The loss was Galax’s first since a one-point setback to Grayson County on Jan. 25 of last year.

  • Vehicle hits bus head-on in Galax


    UPDATED 2/3/12:

    A car collided head-on with a Galax school bus that was carrying eight students on Thursday afternoon.

  • Wired Road makes more connections

    The Wired Road is expanding its service in Galax and the Twin Counties through a variety of
    ongoing projects, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council on Monday.
    Through a Virginia Tobacco Commission grant, fiber was recently run to the Galax City Schools and the Crossroads Institute and each is selecting an Internet provider at this time.
    There will be additional projects with these remaining funds including some wireless service and possible additional fiber.

  • Bill would require ultrasound before abortion

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  • Protesters rally against bills tightening Va. election laws

    RICHMOND — On a crucial day in the General Assembly for legislative measures aimed at tightening Virginia’s election laws, several hundred people joined a Capitol Square rally on Tuesday where speakers lambasted the bills, calling them thinly veiled attempts to suppress minority voting rights.
    One key measure targeted by the protesters was up for preliminary approval on the House of Delegates floor Tuesday.

  • Cavaliers lock up Southwest titles

     RICHLANDS –– Carroll County swept a boys’-girls’ double-header Saturday at Richlands, locking up the regular season Southwest District championship for both teams.

    The Cavalier boys faced a much-improved Blue Tornado compared to the Richlands team it whipped by 52 points in December, earning a 59-54 win. Carroll wrapped up the season title, its first since 2006, by improving to 15-2 overall, 7-0 in the district. The two teams were even for three-fourths of the game, with a big third quarter the difference for the Cavaliers.