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  • Hospital will hold emergency simulation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital will conduct an emergency response exercise on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

    In this instance, the exercise will test the response to a fictional hostage incident. The community may see law enforcement response and presence at the hospital during the drill, but should not be alarmed. The exercise will be in a contained area and it will not impact patient care.

  • BBB warns: scams grow like weeds in spring

    As bright springtime flowers bloom, so do new dark, weed-like scams. Scammers will be going door-to-door with plans to rip off local residents for services from discounted food deliveries to repairing weather damaged shingles. The Better Business Bureau advises consumers that now is the time to be on your guard.

    Door-to-Door Meat Selling Scams

  • Hillsville councilmen to run unopposed

    HILLSVILLE – Three town official seats are up for election on May 3, and all incumbents are running unopposed. Pine Creek district councilman Ed Terry, Pipers Gap district councilman David Young and Mayor Greg Crowder all addressed the upcoming election at the April 25 town council meeting.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 58 results in minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash at approximately 8:40 a.m. last Tuesday at the intersection of Bee Line Drive and U.S. 58 left one overturned and minor injuries, according to Virginia State Trooper S.M. Cochran.
    Anna Lee Zyss Hill, 56, of Fries, driving a 1996 Ford Ranger, was pulling off of Bee Line Drive onto 58 eastbound when she struck a 2006 Honda Pilot, driven by Susan Lee Whitaker, 33 of Fancy Gap. Whitaker’s vehicle flipped over onto its side and then rolled over onto its top.

  • Council elections set for Tuesday

    The City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries, Independence and Troutdale will hold elections on May 3.
    Fries and Galax races are contested, with more candidates than seats, while Hillsville and Independence both have three candidates for three seats and Troutdale has only its incumbent mayor on the ballot.
    Fries has an entire slate of candidates on the ballot for all its town council seats, as the terms for all those serving expire June 30. In other localities, only a portion of the council seats are up for election, due to staggered terms.

  • Southwestern Virginia Training Center celebrates 40 years

    Though it faces an uncertain future, the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County will focus on its past this week.

  • Police: driver wrecks in stolen vehicle

    INDEPENDENCE — A Sparta, N.C., woman was arrested April 25 and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and operating a stolen vehicle.

    According to Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Johnson’s report, he spotted Rebecca Rose Lyall, 31, driving a 1990 Geo Metro on U.S. 58 at 2:38 a.m.

  • Grayson schools must give back unused funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors recently approved a request from the school board to appropriate the remaining balance of the Fiscal Year 2016 school board budget.

    The supervisors discussed and approved this motion with an amendment requesting the return of carryover funds during their April 14 meeting.

  • Political poll shows loyalty gap in Virginia

    Landmark News Service

    Should embattled front-runner Donald Trump win the Republican Party presidential nomination, close to one in three GOP voters in Virginia say they won’t support him in November, according to a poll released this month.

  • Two injured in Cana crash

    CANA – An accident in Cana sent two individuals to the hospital on Wednesday. A male and female were both trapped in the vehicle for a period of time.

    According to reports from Virginia State Police, around 2:45 p.m., officials were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Epworth Road in the Cana area of Carroll County. A 2002 Nissan Maxima was traveling on Epworth, near the intersection with T&T Lane, when the vehicle swerved off the side of the road. The Maxima hit a tree, overturned on its side and landed on a fence.