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  • Exit 1 utility work nears completion

    LAMBSBURG – Now that the water storage tank has been completed at Exit 1 on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, the next step in the water improvement project is to complete the pump station under construction off Imogene Road.

    Once the pump station is completed early next year, it will pump water to the new 105,000-gallon tank on Cedar Lane in the Lambsburg community of Carroll County. That tank was completed last month by general contractor Eastern Tank & Utility Service.

  • Wreck damages vehicles, causes minor injuries

    A two-vehicle crash in Galax caused consequential damage to two automobiles but only a minor injury to one driver on Nov. 18, according to Galax Police Officer Silverio Gonzalez, who responded to the accident.

    A 2002 Toyota Corolla driven by Amanda Lynn Jansen, 25, of Galax, was hit by a 2004 Dodge Dakota driven by Russell James Kirby, 28, also of Galax, at about 12:03 p.m. Gonzales said.

  • Town manager charged with DUI

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson, 23, of Hillsville, faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 81 in Wythe County on Nov. 16.

    Jackson serves as town manager of Hillsville.

    The Wythe County General District Court website shows two charges against Jackson — driving while intoxicated (first offense), a Class 1 misdemeanor; and failure to update license, a traffic infraction.

  • Pa. man arrested on drug charges

    Members of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office captured a wanted man from Pennsylvania in Fancy Gap on Monday.

    On Nov. 17, deputies arrested Daniel Joe Nelson Jr., 25, on a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He was found on Turner Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

    “He had an address here in Fancy Gap as one of his addresses. He had several other addresses listed in other places, as well,” Gardner said, noting that he wasn’t sure where Nelson was really from.

  • Thieves take bait, steal ATV with tracking device

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP — Two men have been arrested after they allegedly took an all-terrain vehicle that was being used as bait by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Sheriff Richard Vaughan said after several ATVs were stolen in the western end of Grayson County in the spring, his officers came up with a plan to catch the thieves. Suspects in those cases were arrested and are still in custody, but officers kept the bait ATV in the field.

  • Police using Facebook to find fugitives

    HILLSVILLE — Local authorities are partnering with the community through social media to locate and apprehend criminals on a number of offenses, ranging from failure to appear in court to violent criminal acts.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes on I-77

    State police responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident on Monday, when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in the northbound lane of Interstate 77.

    According to a police report from Virginia State Police Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at approximately 7:25 a.m. on I-77 northbound, at mile marker 22.2, about a mile and a half south of Exit 24. Darrell E. Finkley, 48, of Rocky Mount, N.C., was driving a 2014 Freighter tractor-trailer in the right-hand lane, when he lost control of the vehicle.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: what you need to know

    Round two of the Affordable Care Act marketplace began Saturday, so fasten your seatbelt.

    That’s the second open enrollment period for the ACA’s health insurance exchanges, where people without insurance can sign up for plans and receive subsidies if their income is low enough.

    Health officials and community activists think this year’s open enrollment will be less frenetic than last year’s, which was marred by computer glitches and information overload.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: help for Virginians

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has kicked off this year’s open enrollment for the Federal Marketplace, promising to take an aggressive role in helping eligible Virginians sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance.

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: hospital offers assistance

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    On Nov. 15, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began.

    The Health Insurance Marketplace offers expanded access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance, or for those who are interested in exploring more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage. Last year alone, 7.3 million people obtained health coverage through the Marketplace – including 216,356 in Virginia.