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Today's News

  • Pieces in place for Virginia's Medicaid expansion

    State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican, is the latest member of his party to express his openness to expanding Medicaid in Virginia to cover an estimated 400,000 people now without insurance.

    In a column published in The Virginian-Pilot, Wagner said he believes a compromise is possible between Democrats who advocate for expansion, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and Republicans who now stand in opposition, primarily those who hold influential positions in his chamber.

  • Double-digit innings power Tide, Devils

    Three area baseball and softball teams put double-figure run totals on the board Tuesday and all four teams in action that day scored run-rule wins.

    At Felts Park, the Maroon Tide hung a dozen runs on Bland County in the second inning of a 25-1 MED win. Tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the second, Galax trotted 18 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs on eight walks, four hits and three Bland errors.

  • Cavs rally for coach’s 100th

    HILLSVILLE –– It’s almost impossible to keep a secret in a small town. Carroll County softball coach Rick Nester learned Wednesday just how difficult it can be.

  • Carico estate files $5M wrongful death suit

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of Timothy “T.T.” Carico has filed a $5 million civil claim against Minnesota-based ATV manufacturing company Polaris Industries; and Hilltop Cycle Inc., a Wythe County company that offers off-road vehicle repair services.

  • O'Quinn assesses security in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-5th District) recently visited Grayson County schools to examine existing safety protocols and get some feedback from educators and administrators about security needs.

    O’Quinn, who represents Grayson and Galax in the Virginia House of Delegates, was recently appointed by Speaker Kirk Cox to serve on a bipartisan House Select Committee on School Safety. The committee was announced in early March, and O’Quinn is the only member of the committee from Southwest Virginia.

  • Jessup challenges Tate for council seat

    HILLSVILLE – A seat on the Hillsville Town Council for the Sulphur Springs District is up for grabs in the May 1 election, as Barry L. Jessup has challenged incumbent William L. Tate Jr.

    William L. Tate Jr.

    Tate, who was raised in and has been a life-long resident of Hillsville, has 18 years of experience as a council member and served two terms as the town’s mayor.

    Tate is also a member of Victory Way Baptist Church.

  • N.C. police kill man wielding machete

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A Sparta man died in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the lobby of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

    According to a press release provided by the sheriff’s office, Chad Eric Montgomery, 39, went to the sheriff’s office and asked to speak to a deputy.

  • TCRH opening cardiology clinic

    Twin County Regional Healthcare (TCRH) has announced the opening of Twin County Cardiology on April 16 and welcomed Dr. Paul A. Suri.

    Twin County Cardiology will be temporarily located in the Twin County Surgery practice, at 225 Hospital Drive in Galax.

    In a news release, TCRH said cardiology nursing staff members from the community have joined the Twin County Cardiology team.

  • Tide great pays visit to coach

    Tim Beamer, a world-class sprinter who played football with the Buffalo Bills and other pro teams during the 1970s, came to town on Tuesday to thank his first coach, Joe Lindsey. At the Lindsey home in Galax, Beamer wrapped his coach in a bear hug and said, “Thank you for giving me a chance, coach. It changed my life.”

  • Rush takes second at Liberty

    LYNCHBURG –– The State Line Rush homeschool basketball team finished second out of a field of 26 teams at the East Coast Nationals basketball tournament recently at Liberty University.

    The Rush cruised through pool play undefeated with victories over Front Royal, the F.I.S.H. Hawks of Florida and New Life Camp of Raleigh, N.C.