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College savings increase 13 percent in Va

RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia families are saving more for their children’s college education. Officials with the Virginia529 College Savings Plan say about $479 million was invested during fiscal year 2013…

Galax has top jobless rate in July

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Layoffs in construction, the wholesale trade and manufacturing pushed Galax’s jobless rate to the highest in Virginia in July, topping Martinsville, which has long-held the ranking…

8 years after Katrina, New Orleans on the rebound

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. “Closed for Storm” signs are still…

Tiny Okla. town tries to rid water supply of worms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Beating the late-summer heat isn’t as easy as running to the sink in one northeast Oklahoma town, as residents there are being asked not to drink…

Gun-toting, foul-mouthed Pa. chief won’t back down

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — Police Chief Mark Kessler expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he ranted obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun…

Mont. judge apologizes for comments in teen’s rape

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later…

Predator drone now part of Calif. wildfire battle

GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) — As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early…

BBB warns of government grant scam

By SARAH BRADBURY sarah@southwesttimes.com   Residents in Western Virginia are receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the U.S. Government offering substantial grant funds to consumers with “clean credit…

Hospital adopts color-coded uniforms helping patients better identify staff

Hospital adopts color-coded uniforms helping patients better identify staff

The word “uniform” is defined as “a distinctive set of clothes worn to identify somebody’s occupation, affiliation, or status”.  Years ago the nurses’ white caps identified them as nurses. Patients…

Could more jobs be on the horizon?

By MELINDA WILLIAMS melinda@southwesttimes.com   Pulaski County Board of Supervisors no longer has a goal of using the former TMD Friction Building for a wellness center. While that may come…