• Carroll County farmer earns Food City honor

    ABINGDON — Food City recently honored a Carroll County farmer as the Wayne Scott Memorial Grower of the Year.
    Food City, which operates stores locally in Independence and Galax, began a locally-grown produce initiative about 10 years ago. What began as a small number of items supplied by a handful of area farms has grown into a multi-million-dollar operation, according to a press release.

  • Cattle producers plan meeting

    Carroll and Grayson beef cattle producers continue to benefit from participation in the Carroll/Grayson Cattle Producers Association, according to a press release from Grayson County’s Extension Office.
    This farmer-led group assisted by local extension agents, NRCS field technicians and veterinarians has provided timely information to help beef producers be more profitable and deal with industry trends.  

  • Vaughan-Bassett Furniture featured on CBS

    GALAX – Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. in Galax was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric last Wednesday night.
    CBS was reporting that Chinese President Hu Jintao was visiting the United States and President Obama.
    The news program talked about illegal furniture dumping and featured scenes inside the Vaughan-Bassett plant where bedroom furniture was being manufactured and comments by Vaughan-Bassett executive John Bassett.

  • Virginia State Police facing shortage

    Landmark News Service

    The arrival of a new year is typically seen as a time of positive change, but as 2011 dawns, state police officials are braced for what they see as a bad situation about to get worse, even in Southwest Virginia.
    On Jan. 1, their sworn ranks of 262 uniformed personnel are scheduled to shrink by another 13 across the state because of retirements. That drop comes at a time when officials say their numbers are already too lean.

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  • Food closet presented $5,000 grant

    SPARTA, N.C. – Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation recently presented the Solid Rock Food Closet in Sparta with a $5,000 community grant.
    The grant will be used to continue to provide food assistance for the less fortunate citizens in Alleghany County.
    The foundation was established by Blue Ridge Electric in 2006 to support the work of community organizations that offer valuable services to the cooperative’s members.

  • Hamby pleads guilty to child porn charge

    ABINGDON — An Independence man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on Dec. 20 to one count of receiving child pornography.
    John Hamby, 49, was apprehended in September when an undercover law enforcement officer, working with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, discovered Hamby was trading child pornography on an Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing site, according to Brian McGinn, public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Western District of Virginia office.

  • Carrico applauds budget proposal

    Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments to the 2011 state budget include funding to restore Southwest Virginia State Hospital’s Geriatric Unit.  
    On Dec. 17, 2010, the Governor released the details of his budget amendments before a joint meeting of the House and Senate money committees in Richmond.  The Governor’s amendments along with those from the legislature will be considered during the upcoming general assembly session in January.

  • VDOT to regions: We’re the deciders

    When state agencies get a scolding from legislative auditors, they usually respond with a polite note expressing appreciation for the suggestions and promising to do better.
    But last week the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission hit a nerve with its report on transportation planning. The Virginia Department of Transportation filed a 30-page response complete with charts, graphs and a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation.
    Here’s what made VDOT go berserk:
    “Opportunities exist to more fully capitalize on MPO capabilities.”

  • Crossroads buys property

    New bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are expected to begin next year, as the Crossroads Institute in Galax expands into a 4,500-square-foot building located at 208 Cranberry Road — formerly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — adjacent to the Crossroads campus.
    Crossroads officials say this acquisition will allow the institute to expand its training, education and business development capabilities.