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Today's News

  • Carroll continues negotiations for buying N.C. water

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Jessica Montgomery, executive director of the Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA), told board members last Monday that the county is continuing to work with Mount Airy, N.C. to purchase bulk water for the Cana/Meadowview project.

    Montgomery, along with PSA board chairman William Payne, attended the July 20 meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to discuss the possibility of increased bulk water purchases and rate negotiations.

  • 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.

  • Aggressive tax collections paying off

    HILLSVILLE – When the town began an aggressive effort to collect outstanding real estate and personal property taxes in April 2016, taxpayers owed Hillsville $184,000.

    Just over a year later, the town has collected 75 percent of the delinquent balance, said Hillsville Treasurer LeAnna Surratt. She reported on the progress of tax collection at Monday’s meeting of Hillsville Town Council.

    She said there is about $50,000 outstanding.

  • Galax arrests include forgery, drug charges

    Staff Reports

    The Galax Police Department’s recent arrests included drug possession, forgery and a sexual offense that occurred at Walmart.

    David L. Glass, 19, of Galax, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines on Aug 7. Glass was charged by Officer John Reavis after a traffic stop, according to a police report.

  • 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.

  • Area needs nurses to handle abuse cases

    A local group is seeking options for a forensic nurse examiners’ program to serve victims of sexual assault and child abuse in and around the Twin Counties.

    Now, victims must be transported outside the area to be examined, an added trauma on top of the one they’ve just experienced.

    It’s a long car ride — up to an hour — to a facility with nurses trained to collect evidence and perform a proper exam, which can be vitally important to prosecuting an offender.

  • New school chief, new schedule for Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — “It has been glorious,” said Dr. Shirley Perry of the welcome she’s received from the Carroll County school community.

    “I’ve been very well-received. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and here to say, ‘If you need me, let me know. I’m here to help any way that I can.’”

  • 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.

  • Departing theater manager applauds community

    If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.