Today's News

  • Stuarts to celebrate 60th anniversary

    Gary Lee and Shirley Walker Stuart of the Longview community in Baywood will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 15.
    They were married by G. Glen Nichols in Sparta, N.C., on Dec. 15, 1956.

    Their secret to a long and happy marriage is loving and trusting God and each other and always being thankful for blessings, family and friends.

  • Public record for 12/21/16 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 July in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Two charged with felonies

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, felony arrests last week included a drug violation and shoplifting.

    Amy Michelle Bobbitt Huff, 36, of Galax, was arrested Dec. 14 by Officer Darrin Alley and charged with felony possession of Schedule I or II drugs.

    Huff was charged by Alley after a traffic stop, said Chief Rick Clark. “Based on his observations Alley conducted a consent search of a vehicle and discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.”

  • Give wisely this holiday season

    Staff Reports

    From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.

  • Volunteers pack, deliver 598 boxes of Christmas cheer


    HILLSVILLE – More than 200 volunteers showed up last Thursday night to pack boxes of food to be distributed to less fortunate families in Carroll County.

    The group first had to sort the hundreds of cans of food and other items, placing them in different bins to be placed in the boxes that came down a conveyor belt.

    The Carroll Christmas Fund is held each year to solicit funds to pay for the food boxes.

  • Fries woman pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Fries woman, who reportedly conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Hillsville and Galax areas, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

    A news release from U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.’s office confirmed that Bianca Victoria Aroche, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and to distributing drugs.

  • Millions could benefit from Health Insurance Marketplace

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Here’s some good news: When it comes to health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, millions of Americans benefit from federal financial assistance each year, and you may, too.

    Since its inception in 2013, the Affordable Care Act has helped approximately 20 million Americans gain affordable health insurance, 12.7 million of whom have enrolled in marketplace plans.

  • Readers Hotline 12/19/16

    Dark and cold
    Christmas parades should be for the young children and elderly. Makes you wonder who schedules these parades at night when it is dark and too cold.

    Just as smart

  • Cardiac, diabetic patients have new rehab option

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center has implemented two rehabilitation programs over the course of 2016 and has seen great success with both. The programs focus on diabetic and cardiac rehabilitation and are working collaborations between CWC trainers and a patient’s physician.

    The trainers involved with the program at CWC, Carrie Phipps and Beth King, are both certified in rehabilitation and are seeing around 30 patients a week.

    They see that the program is growing.

  • Sexual assault investigation leads to arrest

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested as the result of an investigation involving the sexual assault of a minor, according to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.