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Today's News

  • Anthem policy change won't affect local patients

    Twin County residents can rest assured that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield policy changes coming in March 2018 will not affect their ability to access imaging services, according to Anthem media contact Scott Golden.

    Beginning in March, the insurance provider — which is the only one available in Southwest Virginia still participating in the Affordable Care Act federal marketplace — will require enrollees to go to free-standing facilities for MRIs and CT scans, instead of having the procedures done at hospitals.

  • Mailbox vandalism spreads to Carroll

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Mailbox vandalism has spread to Carroll County, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

    Gardner reported that his office has received several complaints from citizens in different parts of the county about mailboxes being destroyed in recent days.

    In Grayson County, the sheriff’s department is offering a $250 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone damaging mailboxes. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said all areas of the county have been hit.

  • Three charged in Wythe County double homicide

    Staff Reports

    WYTHEVILLE — Three teens are charged in connection with a double homicide in Wythe County, after the two victims’ bodies were found this week.

    Raymond Lewis Rodriguez, 24, of Austinville, was one of two victims found Dec. 6 at a residence in Wythe County. The second victim was Aiden Dawson, 17, of Wytheville, who had been missing since Nov. 30. Both had been shot in the head, police said.

    In a statement to TV station WDBJ-7, Rodriguez’s sister described Rodriguez and Dawson as “best friends.”

  • Readers Hotline 12/13/17

    Owning a problem

  • Boyers celebrate anniversary

    Jim and Frances Boyer celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family at The Depot in Dobson, N.C.

    They were married Oct. 25, 1947. They have three daughters and sons-in-law: Peggy and Wade Billings, Patsy and Charles Sturgill and Debra and Ricky Edwards. They also have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Shelton, Anderson to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shelton of Slidell, La., announced the engagement of their daughter, Kelsey Marie, to Dustin Ray Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Anderson of Troutdale.

    Shelton’s grandparents are Phil and Sharon Bressler of State College, Pa., and the late Leta Dugas Bergeron of Morgan City, La. Her great-grandmother is Mary Kammerzell of Concord, Ca.
    Anderson’s grandparents are Ray and Nancy Anderson of Troutdale, Dewey and Robeana Teaster of Marion and the late Alma Teaster.

  • Public record for 12/13/17 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers Hotline 12/11/17

    Keyless no more
    Thank you to the kind, thoughtful person who took time to pick up my lost post office box key and turn it in at the Hillsville Post Office. You were a blessing. Thank you.

    Without a purpose

  • Mental health funding still an issue in Virginia

    The legislative subcommittee examining Virginia’s mental health system registered a significant victory earlier this year when the General Assembly approved a bill expanding the mandated services provided by community services boards.

    It also has done well to address the systematic shortcomings illuminated by the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate. As a result, jailhouse deaths will now be investigated by the Board of Corrections.

  • Carroll burglary suspect to plead

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in Grayson County Circuit Court this month, on multiple charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year.

    According to Circuit Court records, Wyndom Taylor Thornton will submit a plea to charges of entering a structure to commit larceny, assault and battery or other felony; grand larceny (greater than or equal to a $200 value); larceny with intent to distribute (more than a $200 value); and two charges of distribution of a Schedule II drug (second offense).