Local News

  • Hospital plans $4.4M interior renovation

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital, an affiliate of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, has announced a $4.4 million interior renovation plan to modernize the facility and improve patients’ stays.

    Planned changes include fresh paint and new flooring to the main entry areas, major corridors and patient rooms, as well as updated furnishings. Space in patient rooms will have, according to a report released Monday by TCRH, “better utilization of space and enhanced lighting, as well as modern décor.”

  • Police urge citizens to clean out medicine cabinets

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Police Department will join the nation’s prescription drug take back initiative on Saturday, by encouraging their community to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

    This year marks the 10th annual National Drug Take Back Initiative, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

    The event will take place Sept. 26 in every state but Pennsylvania and Delaware, where the event took place Sept. 12.

  • Grayson board considers EMS ordinance

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors heard a request from Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore at the Sept. 10 meeting.

    Passmore presented an ordinance pertaining to EMS agencies for the board’s consideration.

    Passmore explained to the board that the ordinance, if put into effect, would officially designate how EMS services are provided in Grayson County.

  • Training center gets support from Galax, Grayson


    Galax City Council and the Grayson County Board of Supervisors have vowed to join the fight to keep the Southwestern Virginia Training Center open, after hearing from representatives of a parents’ group last week.

    The Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) seeks to get governmental assistance in keeping the training center in Carroll County open and functioning. The mental health facility is set to close in 2018 unless the state government intervenes.

  • JoyFest quilt sells for $15,000

    Staff Reports

    “Sold! $15,100!” That was the climatic shout of the auctioneer at the Joy Ranch quilt auction on Sept. 12.

  • Savannah Road wreck still under investigation

    Staff Reports

    A man is sought by Virginia State Police in connection with a single-vehicle wreck at about 4 p.m. Wednesday on Savannah Road in Baywood.

    According to witnesses at the scene, an unknown man, described as a bald white male, was driving a black four-door Subaru sedan along a curve on Savannah Road when he lost control of the car, skidded through the yard of a private home, and overturned before it came to rest.

  • Police seize marijuana worth $300,000

    Staff Reports

    According to a report released by Galax Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, a road check on the night of Sept. 17 resulted in a marijuana bust early the next day that confiscated approximately $300,000 worth of plants.

    The more than 100 marijuana plants ranged from six to 10 feet tall.

  • Carroll shows support for keeping SWVTC open

    HILLSVILLE – Support for the Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC) to remain open was not in short supply at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.

    Charlotte Barkley, executive director for the Parent Advocacy and Advisory Council (PAAC) of SWVTC attended the meeting to ask for board support and highlight what the training center does. PAAC is made up of family, friends and others that want to advocate for people with disabilities in Southwest Virginia.

  • Grayson answers river lot questions

    INDEPENDENCE — Riverside property owners within the shoreline recreation district of the county will not see changes in property regulations for at least a few months, according to the Grayson Planning Commission.

    For the past several weeks, planning commission members have been busy reviewing concerns voiced by the community during their August meeting.

  • Driver forced off road in Galax

    Staff Reports

    An accident on Kenbrook Drive in Galax left a car driven up an embankment at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 10.

    According to Galax police reports, a blue 2005 Dodge four-door car driven by Lisa Ann King of Galax was traveling on Kenbrook when King said she was run off the road by a primer gray truck pulling a trailer.

    No major injuries were sustained, and neither King nor any of the Dodge’s passengers requested transport to a hospital.