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Today's News

  • TCRH would benefit from bill to aid rural hospitals

    Staff Report

    Virginia’s senators this week introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government and are able to remain open and functioning, especially in Virginia’s underserved and economically struggling regions.

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax is included on a list of hospitals that stand to benefit from the legislation.

  • Hillsville rally protests travel ban

    HILLSVILLE — About 50 people showed up for the Hillsville Rally for Humanity on Sunday, which attracted media, like-minded passers-by and a few counter-protestors.

    Several protestors carried signs – no larger than one person could carry, as organizer Samantha Castor was told by the town government – and all were cheerful and ready for positive action, as indicated when asked why they had chosen to participate.

  • County asked to help preserve Allen House

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Three members of the Carroll County Historical Society attended last Monday week’s Board of Supervisors meeting with two missions – to give a report on the renovation of the Sidna Allen Home at Fancy Gap and to ask for short-term funds to continue the renovation project.

    John Carpenter told the supervisors that the renovation was going well, but it will take a lot of time and money to finish the project and restore the home to its original condition.

  • I-77 crash results in child's death

    Staff Report

    A child died after two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sunday.

    Trooper C.H. Campbell is investigating the two-vehicle crash, which occurred Feb. 19 at 10:45 p.m., on I-77 at the 2-mile marker, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Two tractor-trailers traveling north on I-77 began changing lanes at the same time. During the course of changing lanes, the 1999 tractor-trailer struck the rear of the 2000 tractor-trailer.

  • Delegate gives update on training center amendment

    RICHMOND — The fate of a state budget amendment pertaining to the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County is now in the hands of House and Senate budget conferees.

    The amendment introduced by Del. Jeff Campbell (R-6th District) would prohibit the discharge of residents at the mental health facility if they or their legally authorized representatives choose to remain there.

    The facility is slated to close next year, unless the state intervenes. It houses about 80 residents.

  • NAPCO expansion will bring jobs to region

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – NAPCO announced an expansion of its plant in Sparta, N.C., and the hiring of 35 new employees during a press conference held in conjunction with the start of the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.

    Michael Smith, Alleghany County manager, praised NAPCO for its commitment to Alleghany, where it has operated for 40 years.

  • Pot activist gets new court date in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — A Michigan man charged with marijuana possession, who staged a protest in front of the Carroll County courthouse in December, was in court again Feb. 17.

    Carroll County General District Court Judge Edward M. Turner issued a continuance for the trial of Keith Leo Olson of Davison, Mich. His trial for possession of marijuana is now set for July 28.

  • Marijuana decriminalization hangs over governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Candice Rader is a 66-year-old retiree who grew up in a conservative home, voted for Donald Trump and watched her father suffer as a terminal cancer patient in the late 1970s before he died at age 53.

    Even though a friend offered her father marijuana to help alleviate his nausea, Rader said, he refused it because he didn’t believe it was ethical to take an illegal substance.

    “To me, that was a very sad thing,” she said. “I don’t want to ever see that happen again.”

  • GES project could require tax increase

    Galax could refinance debt and raise the tax levy to pay for a proposed $17 million expansion of the elementary school.

    At a Feb. 13 joint meeting with Galax City Council and the Galax City School Board, accounting firm Davenport & Company gave a presentation on how the funding for the Galax Elementary School renovation and upgrade might be achieved.

  • Grand jury indicts man for running driver off road

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A man who allegedly chased another driver off the road and caused him to crash through a house in Galax was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27.

    Four sealed indictments against Travis Dale Coulson, 38, of Galax were recently opened, in connection with a chase that occurred Jan. 3 in the county and city. The charges were sealed until Coulson could be served with warrants.