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  • '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

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    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.

  • Anderson is one of four candidates for board

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE —Tracy A. “Zeke” Anderson, one of four candidates campaigning to fill the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to provide a voice for the students, parents and teachers in the Grayson County school system if he is elected.

  • Police: driver likely asleep at wheel before crash

    Staff Report

    CANA – A North Carolina man fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in a single vehicle crash in Cana on Oct. 26.

    According to Trooper S.M. Phillips with the Virginia State Police, authorities were dispatched to Route 52 at Route 927 (Split Rail Road) beside the Cana Rescue Building at 9:25 p.m.

    Phillips said that a 1997 Nissan pickup was traveling south when it ran off the righthand side of the road, overturned and came to rest in a field on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

  • Davis seeks at-large seat on school board

    James Morgan Davis, a candidate in the four-way race for the Grayson County School Board’s at-large member seat, hopes to pay it forward to the citizens if he is chosen on Nov. 8.