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Today's News

  • Flu cases on the rise in Twin Counties

    Southwest Virginia is entering the fourth week of a rise in flu-like symptoms being seen at emergency rooms and urgent care centers, according to Mount Rogers Health District Director Dr. Karen Shelton.

    She warned that the flu strain is stronger this year, and both A- and B-type flu strains are prevalent. Type A is found in multiple species, changes and morphs new strains constantly and is the type responsible for epidemics; Type B is only found in humans and is usually somewhat less severe.

  • State legislators must get to work

    American democracy can be a curious enterprise.

    It often unfolds in predictable fashion, carried out by ordinary citizens in stuffy church assembly halls and drafty school gymnasiums and overseen by a phalanx of volunteers and public officials committed to due process and accurate results.

    But sometimes, on the rarest of occasions and in the oddest of circumstances, popular democracy means control of the House of Delegates is effectively determined by which film canister is drawn from a blue ceramic bowl in a Richmond meeting room.

  • Legislators propose bills for General Assembly

    RICHMOND — The time has come for local legislators’ bills to be proposed, heard and debated by the Virginia General Assembly, which began Wednesday.

    Legislators representing the Twin County region (all or in part) have wasted no time preparing for this year’s session; and several have already filed bills for consideration.

  • New year, new look for General Assembly

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — The landscape in Richmond is vastly different for the General Assembly session that began Wednesday.

    The leaders have changed, and the building where bills get heard in committee is new.

    Politics and priorities may change, too.

    Here’s a primer on what you need to know.

    Balance of Power

    Democrats were within striking distance of a 50-50 split in the House but lost the 94th District tiebreaker and the 28th District court battle.

  • A Citizen's Guide to the General Assembly 2018

    Landmark News Service & Staff Reports

    Professional lobbyists aren’t the only ones who can have a voice at the General Assembly in Richmond. Thanks to the internet, you can see what legislators are up to and share your opinions.

    Here’s a guide to the basics for this year’s session, which runs through February:

    Do Your Homework

    Become familiar with the legislation beyond what you read or hear.

  • Stolen car chase ends in Grayson

    Staff Report

    ELK CREEK — A Wytheville man has been charged in a series of car thefts and a police chase that led officers from Wythe into Grayson County earlier this week.

  • Carroll receives resource officer grant

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner has announced that the sheriff’s office has received a school resource officer grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

    Gardner said the grant was in the amount of $28,581, with a local match of $10,690 to be split between the sheriff’s office and the Carroll County School System for a total of $39,271.

  • Missing dog sought, best friend Piggy distraught

    LAUREL FORK — The story of a local dog gone missing went viral on social media this week, as neighbors and friends assisted efforts to reunite the canine with her family in Carroll County, and most notably, her bonded partner in crime: the family’s pet pig.

    The search for Stella, a boxer brindle mix, began Monday morning, after she disappeared from the family’s yard in Laurel Fork. Emily Goad, Stella’s owner, said she knew something was wrong when their pet pig, aptly named “Piggy,” went along with Stella, but came back alone.

  • Readers Hotline 1/10/18

    Liven it up
    Galax should have some kind of fireworks event for New Year’s at midnight. The churches hold some good events but other than that, there is not much to do for a family on New Year’s Eve.

    For the community

  • Public record for 1/10/18 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: