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Today's News

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.

  • Hate, not heritage, in the streets of Charlottesville

    Kerry Dougherty is a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot.

    One dead. Dozens injured.

    It’s time to stop calling what transpired in the streets of Charlottesville on August 12 a white supremacist “rally” and say what it really was:

    A riot.

    A brutal clash between protesters and counter-protesters swinging clubs and baseball bats, throwing bottles and spewing expletives.

    And finally, a car plowing into a crowd of pedestrians that left one person dead and 19 injured.

  • Free clinic to hold 25th anniversary open house

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is hosting a 25th Anniversary Open House this Saturday from 5-7 p.m., according to Director Melissa Dill.

    The event will involve raffles, refreshments and live music, and will hopefully serve as a fundraiser to garner donations for the clinic, as well, said Dill.

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Ohlen Wilson and Dr. Robert Pryor, along with members of the First Baptist Church of Galax, to give those who could not otherwise afford medical care a chance at professional treatment and service.

  • EBT system down in Virginia

    From the Virginia Department of Social Services:

    The contractor that maintains EBT services for Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is experiencing multi-state service problems resulting in an EBT system outage as of Thursday morning.

    At this time, it is unknown when the system will be restored. Clients are encouraged to call (866) 281-2448 to check on the status of the system restoration.

  • Readers Hotline 8/16/17

    It doesn’t matter
    This is for “apt to look.” Why would you think someone wanted a woman to look at them if they were complaining about a man looking? What difference does it make? You want to be looked at like a human being. Are you like some of these people in churches that only help a few and don’t help those who need it? All of it rings true. Keep dragging yourself through the mud.

    Outsiders get nothing

  • Public record for 8/16/17 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in February in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Local church taking stand against racism

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

  • New equipment allows EMS to lift, transport heavier patients

    Staff Report

    A local EMS service is helping their employees help others by literally taking a burden off their backs.

    Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), which serves Galax, Grayson County and the surrounding area, has recently purchased and implemented both the Stryker XPS bariatric EMS cot for the treatment of the obese, with a 700 lb. capacity; and the Transafe ramp and winch system, capable of lifting up to 2,700 lbs.

    This makes GGEMS the area’s only EMS bariatric transport provider of the morbidly obese.

  • Readers Hotline 8/14/17

    The great divide
    I just want to say I am so sick and tired of two words: Democrats and Republicans. They are causing the greatest division of anything ever in our country.

    Just woke up

  • Field of Reality

    Galax’s newly-renovated and resurfaced football stadium is on time, on budget and ready to go for tomorrow’s scrimmage with Mount Airy. While the school obviously doesn’t plan any cow-patty bingo fundrasiers, a good chunk of the cost could have been offset simply by putting a toll booth on Long Street.