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  • Galax man charged with forgery

    Staff Reports

    A Galax man faces felony forgery charges after he allegedly used fake bills at local businesses, and a juvenile will likely be charged, as well.

    Benjamin Sanchez, 20, was arrested on Feb. 10 by Galax Police Officer Darrin Alley and charged with two counts of felony forgery (employing as true bank notes or coins), one count of felony larceny (obtaining money equal to or more than $200 by false pretenses), misdemeanor larceny (obtaining money less than $200 by false pretenses) and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • PSA to citizens: fluoride not a conspiracy

    HILLSVILLE – Two residents of the Cliffview community addressed the Carroll County Public Service Authority at its Feb. 14 meeting concerning the non-user fee for the public water system and putting fluoride in the water.

    One PSA member, a dentist, assured citizens that the additive, common in public water systems, is not a “conspiracy to poison the American people.”

    Judy Jones said she had an efficient and functioning well and did not sign up for the county water system, so she didn’t think it was fair to be charged a non-user fee.

  • Grayson court unseals more indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several more sealed indictments have been opened after being handed down by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27 in Independence, including charges against a Galax man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Dwayne Wroten, 35, was indicted on two counts for rape of a child less than 13 years old; sodomy with a child less than 13 years old; and object sexual penetration.

  • TCRH would benefit from bill to aid rural hospitals

    Staff Report

    Virginia’s senators this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government and are able to remain open and functioning, especially in Virginia’s underserved and economically struggling regions.

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax is included on a list of hospitals that stand to benefit from the legislation.

  • Delegate gives update on training center amendment

    RICHMOND — The fate of a state budget amendment pertaining to the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County is now in the hands of House and Senate budget conferees.

    The amendment introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District) would prohibit the discharge of residents at the mental health facility if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

    The facility is slated to close next year, unless the state intervenes. It houses about 80 residents.

  • County asked to help preserve Allen House

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Three members of the Carroll County Historical Society attended last Monday week’s Board of Supervisors meeting with two missions – to give a report on the renovation of the Sidna Allen Home at Fancy Gap and to ask for short-term funds to continue the renovation project.

    John Carpenter told the supervisors that the renovation was going well, but it will take a lot of time and money to finish the project and restore the home to its original condition.

  • Hillsville rally protests travel ban

    HILLSVILLE — About 50 people showed up for the Hillsville Rally for Humanity on Sunday, which attracted media, like-minded passers-by and a few counter-protestors.

    Several protestors carried signs – no larger than one person could carry, as organizer Samantha Castor was told by the town government – and all were cheerful and ready for positive action, as indicated when asked why they had chosen to participate.

  • Pot activist gets new court date in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man charged with marijuana possession, who staged a protest in front of the Carroll County courthouse in December, was in court again Feb. 17.

    Carroll County General District Court Judge Edward M. Turner issued a continuance for the trial of Keith Leo Olson of Davison, Mich. His trial for possession of marijuana is now set for July 28.

  • Marijuana decriminalization hangs over governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Candice Rader is a 66-year-old retiree who grew up in a conservative home, voted for Donald Trump and watched her father suffer as a terminal cancer patient in the late 1970s before he died at age 53.

    Even though a friend offered her father marijuana to help alleviate his nausea, Rader said, he refused it because he didn’t believe it was ethical to take an illegal substance.

    “To me, that was a very sad thing,” she said. “I don’t want to ever see that happen again.”

  • NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.