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Today's News

  • Patients falling into healthcare 'coverage gap'

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    The army of counselors who help people sign up online for insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this open enrollment period face a range of reaction.

    The sessions usually end in gratitude — and sometimes insurance for someone who has been going without a safety net.

    But occasionally there’s frustration, even anger, from people who find the premiums and deductibles in the federal marketplace too much for their pocketbook.

  • Community comes together to help neighbors in need

    Santa’s elves are taller than you’d think: dozens of firefighters and citizen volunteers crowded into one of the Galax Fire Department’s bays to help pack Community Christmas Food Fund boxes for 550 needy local families on Dec. 18.

    Helpers of all ages loaded boxes onto a conveyor system, stocked the boxes with food and household items, kept them moving and stacked them when full. The boxes were delivered on Sunday.

  • Gladeville students make Christmas cards for soldiers

    This year, students at Gladeville Elementary School were given an important mission to spread holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who will likely not be home in time for the holidays.

    According to school counselor Judy Neal and art teacher Amy Jackson, who partnered for the project, around 70 Christmas cards were sent to a group of soldiers in an undisclosed location this year, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Merry Christmas.

  • Letters to Santa 2014

    Ms. Brannock and Mrs. Davis’ Pre-K Class

    Oakland Elementary School

     

    Dear Santa, I need a new toy box because I am going to need it to put my presents in. I want a John Deer Tractor to play with, a new calendar because I didn’t have one. I think I would have a TV. in my bedroom because I don’t have one. I don’t leave anything for Santa but I want something else. I want a table to set my TV. on. 

    Love, Ian Hill

     

  • Service animal policy causes board to pause

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County School Board discussed a number of changes to school policies and program of studies this month, and tabled a policy about service animals on school grounds after one board member expressed concern over visitors being denied access to a school event.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette presented the changes at the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Ole St. Nick is town's top pick

    HILLSVILLE — ‘Twas the eighth of December, in the Hillsville Town Hall, when the town council gathered to speak unto all.

    Beginning at 7, their usual time, council spoke to the public of each town-owned dime.

  • Diner to feed anyone in need Christmas Day

    The West Galax Diner will be open Christmas Day to serve a very special clientele, says owner Tina Dowling.

    “We just started [planning] this last Sunday, because a girl who helps out on Sundays came in,” says Dowling. “She was looking for somewhere to volunteer [for Christmas] and couldn’t find anybody having a Christmas dinner. So I said, ‘We’ll do it.’”

  • Governor to push new gun restrictions

    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday introduced a package of proposed gun restrictions, including a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases and a requirement that private vendors at gun shows — like the annual Labor Day weekend show in Hillsville — perform background checks.

    McAuliffe also proposed making firearms unavailable to people convicted of domestic violence-related crimes and revoking concealed handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.

  • Grayson could top state in job creation

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is likely number one in Virginia in per capita job creation in 2014.

    County Administrator Jonathon Sweet reported on the possibility at the Grayson Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 11 meeting.

    “We’re waiting until the end of the year when the numbers are all tallied to see where Grayson County stacks up in the commonwealth with respect to job creation and overall economic development performance,” Sweet said.

  • Christmas project turns tragedy into triumph

    Three years ago, Katy Dunn suffered the unthinkable when she lost her infant son in a tragic accident. But since then, she and her family have worked together to turn their grief into something beautiful for other families.

    This year, the family’s annual toy and clothing drive, CJ’s Christmas Project, has resulted in more than 1,100 donations from their community. Dunn says that this year’s collection will be distributed to several charities, including the Carroll Christmas Fund.