Local News

  • Mount Airy agrees to sell more water to Carroll


    HILLSVILLE – After months of negotiation, Mount Airy, N.C., has agreed to sell more water to Carroll at a reduced rate, serving the southern section of the county.

    The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) discussed the new 10-year deal at its Jan. 8 meeting.

    PSA Executive Director Jessica Montgomery said the PSA staff had been negotiating with the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners since July 2016 to purchase more water for the Cana/Meadowbrook Road area.

  • Living in the danger zone


    WOODLAWN — Bill and Ruth Baldwin have lived on U.S. 58 in the Midway Heights area for the past four years.

    They love their home and the community, but the increasing number of traffic accidents occurring around their home is causing them a lot of concern.

  • Medicaid, gun laws among Northam's priorities

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — Even before Ralph Northam was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s governor, he was contemplating what he wants to leave behind in four years.

    “My legacy would be to make sure that all Virginians have access to good health care and that all of our children have access to a world-class education. If I can do those two things, I’ll be content with my four years,” Northam said.

  • Carroll wants to rename U.S. 52 to honor veterans


    HILLSVILLE — A stretch of highway U.S. 52 in Carroll County may soon be named to honor veterans.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Jan. 8 to name the portion of U.S. 52 that runs from the North Carolina border in Cana to the south and to the Wythe County line to the north “Veterans Memorial Highway.”

  • Police say death was accidental

    Staff Report

    WHITETOP — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Whitetop man who was found in his home on Jan. 9.

    According to a news release from Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the sheriff’s office responded to 2248 Whitetop Gap Road to conduct a death investigation. Jacob Lester Richardson, 38, was discovered deceased in the basement of the residence.

  • Flu cases on the rise in Twin Counties

    Southwest Virginia is entering the fourth week of a rise in flu-like symptoms being seen at emergency rooms and urgent care centers, according to Mount Rogers Health District Director Dr. Karen Shelton.

    She warned that the flu strain is stronger this year, and both A- and B-type flu strains are prevalent. Type A is found in multiple species, changes and morphs new strains constantly and is the type responsible for epidemics; Type B is only found in humans and is usually somewhat less severe.

  • Legislators propose bills for General Assembly

    RICHMOND — The time has come for local legislators’ bills to be proposed, heard and debated by the Virginia General Assembly, which began Wednesday.

    Legislators representing the Twin County region (all or in part) have wasted no time preparing for this year’s session; and several have already filed bills for consideration.

  • New year, new look for General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The landscape in Richmond is vastly different for the General Assembly session that began Wednesday.

    The leaders have changed, and the building where bills get heard in committee is new.

    Politics and priorities may change, too.

    Here’s a primer on what you need to know.

    Balance of Power

    Democrats were within striking distance of a 50-50 split in the House but lost the 94th District tiebreaker and the 28th District court battle.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly 2018

    Landmark News Service & Staff Reports

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs through February:

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Stolen car chase ends in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A Wytheville man has been charged in a series of car thefts and a police chase that led officers from Wythe into Grayson County earlier this week.