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  • N.C. men charged in US Cellular burglary

    Two North Carolina men have been arrested in Guilford County, N.C., and are charged in connection with a burglary and larceny at the US Cellular Store located in the Walmart shopping center in Galax.

    According to a police report, Galax Officer Anne Toney responded to a burglar alarm at the store on April 3 and discovered that the business had been broken into. The owners reported that cell phones valued at more than $10,000 had been taken.

  • Five arrested in Galax on drug charges

    Two men were arrested on June 15 and charged with conspiracy to sell or distribute drugs.

    According to a police report, Justin Grant Turner, 33, of Sparta, N.C., and Terrence Stevenson, 37, of Galax were arrested by Sgt. Shawny Jones in the Walmart shopping center parking lot.

    Turner was charged with driving after his operator’s license had been suspended and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana. Stevenson was charged with conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act to sell or distribute marijuana.

  • Grayson needs last-minute budget fix

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will have to make some adjustments to its proposed 2015 budget, following the long-awaited passage of Virginia’s state budget by the General Assembly last week.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors and county staff have been working diligently for months on a proposed 2015 county budget, but had to estimate how much funding the state would provide.

  • Assembly passes budget without Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Averting a potential government shutdown with less than three weeks to spare, the General Assembly passed an austere two-year budget June 12 after hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling over the thorny issue of Medicaid expansion.

    The spending plan does not include a provision aimed at expanding the federal/state health insurance program for low-income people, a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul that was left as an option to the states.

  • Motorcycle crash results in injury, fatality

    Virginia State Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident that resulted in one injury and the fatality of a 60-year old Max Meadows man on Wednesday.

  • Hospital’s new CT scanner helps docs and patients

    Twin County Regional Hospital recently held an open house for its new 64-slice CT scanner.

    The device, the software needed to run it and the CT suite renovation was a $1 million investment that will help doctors diagnose problems with greater precision and less hassle for patients.

    The scanner, an Optima CT660 system, is made by GE.

    On hand to discuss the new scanner were TCRH Director of Diagnostic Imaging David Payne and radiologist Dr. J. Bolen.

  • Hospital develops strategy to make region healthier

    A community health needs assessment of the Twin Counties and Galax has found nine core problems that need to be addressed in the area.

    The problems including obesity, diabetes, chronic diseases (heart disease, pulmonary, high blood pressure, cancer), economic issues, substance abuse and mental health issues, lifestyle behavior and education, access and aging, family/responsibility and teen pregnancy, and smoking/tobacco use.

    The findings were discussed June 5 during the quarterly Community Advisory Group meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • Carroll water project questions resurface

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) held a public comment period during its June 9 meeting, to give citizens an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns about the possible expenditure of project contingency funds for the Fancy Gap Water and Coon Ridge Water Projects.

    Two citizens who have questioned the PSA’s handling of water projects spoke, again voicing concerns about public notifications of meetings and a perceived lack of government transparency.

  • Truck wrecks on I-77, spills candy bars

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — State police responded to multiple tractor trailer accidents throughout the day along Interstate 77 on June 6.

    The first accident happened at approximately 2:55 p.m., on the interstate’s southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of Virginia 620 in Carroll County, according to a police report.

    Canute Forbes, 35, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was operating a 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer belonging to F&H Trucking of Pompano Beach when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

  • New DMV laws take effect July 1

    As a result of 2014 General Assembly action, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is advising customers of new laws that take effect July 1.