RICHMOND — State Sen. Bill Stanley filed a bill Tuesday that would put a referendum on ballots statewide asking voters about modernizing Virgi…
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For Smyth County, the year began with an ongoing controversy regarding the public library, included a major new industry coming to the community, and ended with one of the biggest snowstorms in a decade, unseasonably warm temperatures and lots of rain, capping a year of ups and downs.
A year after Floyd County gained the right to add a “meals” sales tax addendum through a voters referendum, the county Board of Supervisors wa…
ABINGDON, Va. — In the final stretch of Tuesday’s midterm elections, Virginia’s 9th District candidates both felt confident in their campaigns.
For a few seconds last week, it appeared as if a bipartisan compromise was wiggling its way through the Virginia General Assembly. But the moment passed quickly and the usual unseemly squabbling is once again ascendant. The brief accord dealt with a most unlikely topic: the divisive battle over redistricting for the House of Delegates and a plan proposed by Republican Del. Chris Jones of Suffolk that had the public backing of four Democratic delegates and one Democratic senator. “We agreed that we have a legislative solution,” Jones said.
For more than 131 years, the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute has striven to care for the mentally ill. Today, the Marion hospital is a 179-bed state psychiatric institute operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Those facts prove frustrating to local police officers and perhaps even more so to officers from the state’s communities that border Tennessee and Kentucky as they drive by the institute transporting individuals in the midst of a mental health crisis.