Local News

  • Voters will decide on labor union amendment

    Landmark News Service

    Virginia has had a right-to-work law since 1947 governing organized labor.

    The law forbids an employer from requiring union membership as a condition of employment.

    Republicans in the General Assembly want to go a step further, and Virginia voters will decide Tuesday whether to make that provision of state law part of the state constitution.

  • City council recognizes coach, police officers

    At the Oct. 24 Galax City Council meeting, special recognition was presented to a Galax High School coach and three Galax Police Department detectives.

    Veteran theater coach B.J. Carroll was lauded for her induction into the 2016 Virginia High School League Hall of Fame. Carroll is the GHS coach with the most wins, leading theatrical teams to the state championships six times and coaching numerous state best actor award winners.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Independence

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A North Dakota man was charged in a single-vehicle accident after overturning a tractor-trailer along the New River Valley Parkway on Nov. 1.

    According to a report from Virginia State Trooper J.E. Tilson, Anthony Lee Smith, 60, of West Fargo, N.D., was operating a 2000 Camp Peterbilt tractor trailer along the parkway when he ran off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment and overturned into a fence. The accident occurred around 5 p.m.

  • 'A life like ours' for SWVTC residents

    HILLSVILLE — When state legislators toured the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville last week, they didn’t find a cold, clinical institution. Instead, they visited a neighborhood of cottages that looked like many other residential neighborhoods.

    Trash cans sat at the curb for garbage days. Pumpkins decorated lawns for the Halloween holiday. Bedrooms were decorated to the occupants’ wishes. A resident returning from work off-campus welcomed a visitor inside to show them around.

  • Assistance available for problems at the polls

    Staff Report

    Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia for help.

    ACLU staff will take calls at (804) 644-8080 and respond to emails sent to acluva@acluva.org throughout Election Day on Nov. 8.

  • Training center admissions on decline

    At the Oct. 27 public hearing sponsored by the special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee, Dr. Jack Barber, interim commissioner for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, outlined facts and figures from all the training centers across the state that have already closed or are in the process of closing.

    Barber’s presentation updated the public on the training center closures. To begin, he showed a graph illustrating the census information from 2000 to October of this year.

  • TCRH earns 'A' grade for patient safety

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.

    The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., according to a news release from the hospital.

  • APCo plans to power up Wildwood park

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Appalachian Power is partnering with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority to bring a more robust power source to the Wildwood Commerce Park and increase its development potential as a business location for southwestern Virginia, according to a news release from the utility.

  • Suspect in officer assault, chase indicted


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 40 charges on Oct. 28, and returned several sealed indictments that will be opened at a later date, after those named have been served with warrants.

    Among those indicted was Lee Johnson Smith, 31, of Dugspur, who is charged with eluding police, disregarding a command to stop and assault on a law enforcement officer (Cpl. T.R. Jefferson of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department).

  • Committee hears training center concerns

    HILLSVILLE – A public hearing was held Oct. 27 regarding the fate of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center. A special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee came to Hillsville to tour the facility and host a public hearing to hear comments from citizens and local officials.