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Today's News

  • Volunteers will help with insurance enrollment

    HILLSVILLE — Volunteers with Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, will visit Carroll County this week to discuss enrollment options through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

    Feb. 15 is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan for 2015, and families who wait too long to sign up or choose to opt out of coverage will receive a tax penalty for the year.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway visitation increases

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is showing the first increase in visitation since 2011, and some local venues and parkway-adjacent merchants are seeing an uptick in businesses.

    The national park reported that it attracted more than 13.9 million visitors in 2014, an increase of about 1 million from 2013.

  • Bill advances to keep training center open

    RICHMOND — A bill seeking to keep two of Virginia’s training centers for the mentally handicapped open was referred to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, following a hearing in Richmond where the bill was received by the Health Welfare and Institutions Subcommittee.

  • City to go after late utility bills

    Galax City Council is looking at new measures to collect overdue utility bills.

    At Monday’s council meeting, Director of Finance Judy Taylor-Gallimore requested that council approve measures to collect or dismiss overdue utility bills. Gallimore-Taylor recommended bills more than three years old be written off.

    Currently, the city has about $67,000 in arrears from what she estimated to be about 500 customers.

  • Poll: citizens question leaders' honesty

    Many registered voters in Virginia question the honesty of their elected leaders and want stricter controls on gifts to them, according to a poll this week.

    In the January survey conducted by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, voters also favored term limits for state legislators and an independent panel to draw lines for legislative districts.

  • Fuel spill contained at Hess station

    A mechanical failure in an automobile was responsible for a hazardous material spill at a Galax gas station on Wednesday morning, according to Galax Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

  • Readers Hotline 1/28/15

    Bad idea
    Dear Supervisor Rosenbaum: I will vote for anybody other than you because of this coyote issue. My hard-earned money is going toward the killing of coyotes and paying hunters out of my tax money and whoever instituted the $500 contest should be run out of town.

    Goofy Romney

  • He's three

    Jared Austin Spencer celebrated his third birthday Dec. 21, 2014, at Snow Hill Church Fellowship Hall with his family and friends. He had a Thomas the Train theme party.

    His parents are Brittany Farmer and Billy Spencer. His grandparents are John and Jennifer Farmer and Bill and the late Linda Spencer. His great-grandparents are Howard and Zollie Easter and Edward and the late Iva Farmer. He has a great-great-grandmother, Opal Robinson. His stepmother is Christie Spencer and his soon-to-be stepfather is Charles Tucker, all of Galax.
     

  • She's 91

    Eunice Fortner celebrated her 91st birthday with family and friends.

    Her children are Bobby, Betty, Eugene, Judy and Roger.

  • Gardners celebrate 75th anniversary

    Eldon and Iris Gardner of Fancy Gap celebrated their 75th anniversary Dec. 20, 2014, at Gladesboro Lutheran Church.

    The couple were married Dec. 23, 1938, by the Rev. J.C. Carper in Hillsville.
    The Rev. Joe Shumate, pastor of Gladesboro Church, had the honor of officiating at the renewing of the wedding vows.