Today's News

  • 'A life like ours' for SWVTC residents

    HILLSVILLE — When state legislators toured the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville last week, they didn’t find a cold, clinical institution. Instead, they visited a neighborhood of cottages that looked like many other residential neighborhoods.

    Trash cans sat at the curb for garbage days. Pumpkins decorated lawns for the Halloween holiday. Bedrooms were decorated to the occupants’ wishes. A resident returning from work off-campus welcomed a visitor inside to show them around.

  • Assistance available for problems at the polls

    Staff Report

    Virginia voters who are denied access or have other problems at the polls this Election Day are encouraged to call or write the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia for help.

    ACLU staff will take calls at (804) 644-8080 and respond to emails sent to acluva@acluva.org throughout Election Day on Nov. 8.

  • Training center admissions on decline

    At the Oct. 27 public hearing sponsored by the special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee, Dr. Jack Barber, interim commissioner for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, outlined facts and figures from all the training centers across the state that have already closed or are in the process of closing.

    Barber’s presentation updated the public on the training center closures. To begin, he showed a graph illustrating the census information from 2000 to October of this year.

  • Readers Hotline 11/2/16

    Federal spending
    Well, you stuck that Tea Party and Republican junk in and voted and look what a mess we are in now. I hope you are not thinking about still voting for a Republican after the do-nothing Congress has cut funds for veterans, teachers, nurses, doctors, schools. Anything that is important. Yet, Sen. Mitch McConnell was able to spend millions on the rich side of Kentucky for a fancy park, but that’s okay. People need to think about what they are doing. That First Lady would not be suitable either on that Republican side, if you ask me.

  • TCRH earns 'A' grade for patient safety

    Staff Report

    Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.

    The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., according to a news release from the hospital.

  • APCo plans to power up Wildwood park

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Appalachian Power is partnering with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority to bring a more robust power source to the Wildwood Commerce Park and increase its development potential as a business location for southwestern Virginia, according to a news release from the utility.

  • Suspect in officer assault, chase indicted


    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 27 people on a total of 40 charges on Oct. 28, and returned several sealed indictments that will be opened at a later date, after those named have been served with warrants.

    Among those indicted was Lee Johnson Smith, 31, of Dugspur, who is charged with eluding police, disregarding a command to stop and assault on a law enforcement officer (Cpl. T.R. Jefferson of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department).

  • Committee hears training center concerns

    HILLSVILLE – A public hearing was held Oct. 27 regarding the fate of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center. A special joint subcommittee of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee came to Hillsville to tour the facility and host a public hearing to hear comments from citizens and local officials.

  • Robinson, Hamm exchange vows

    Randy Hamm, son of Wilma and Bill Fitzgerald and Linda Robinson, daughter of Edgar and Pauline Jones were united in marriage Oct. 1 at Eastlake Community Church in Moneta.

    The best man was Ken Howell and Julie Copley was maid of honor.
    A reception was held at Liberty Station in Bedford and also at the Blue Ridge Hog Club House in Lynchburg.

  • Public record for 11/2/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed: