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Today's News

  • New equipment allows EMS to lift, transport heavier patients

    Staff Report

    A local EMS service is helping their employees help others by literally taking a burden off their backs.

    Galax-Grayson Emergency Medical Services (GGEMS), which serves Galax, Grayson County and the surrounding area, has recently purchased and implemented both the Stryker XPS bariatric EMS cot for the treatment of the obese, with a 700 lb. capacity; and the Transafe ramp and winch system, capable of lifting up to 2,700 lbs.

    This makes GGEMS the area’s only EMS bariatric transport provider of the morbidly obese.

  • New school chief, new schedule for Carroll schools

    HILLSVILLE — “It has been glorious,” said Dr. Shirley Perry of the welcome she’s received from the Carroll County school community.

    “I’ve been very well-received. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming, and here to say, ‘If you need me, let me know. I’m here to help any way that I can.’”

  • Area needs nurses to handle abuse cases

    A local group is seeking options for a forensic nurse examiners’ program to serve victims of sexual assault and child abuse in and around the Twin Counties.

    Now, victims must be transported outside the area to be examined, an added trauma on top of the one they’ve just experienced.

    It’s a long car ride — up to an hour — to a facility with nurses trained to collect evidence and perform a proper exam, which can be vitally important to prosecuting an offender.

  • Readers Hotline 8/14/17

    The great divide
    I just want to say I am so sick and tired of two words: Democrats and Republicans. They are causing the greatest division of anything ever in our country.

    Just woke up

  • Field of Reality

    Galax’s newly-renovated and resurfaced football stadium is on time, on budget and ready to go for tomorrow’s scrimmage with Mount Airy. While the school obviously doesn’t plan any cow-patty bingo fundrasiers, a good chunk of the cost could have been offset simply by putting a toll booth on Long Street.

  • Saving our poorest localities

    James W. “Will” Morefield (R-Tazewell) represents the 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He plans to submit legislation to the General Assembly that would exempt all residents and corporations from personal and corporate income tax for a period of 10 years in some of Virginia’s poorest counties.

  • Sen. Warner to meet with local leaders in Galax

    U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will visit Galax on Wednesday to hear the primary needs and concerns of local government, community and business leaders.

    The meeting will be held in The Crossroads Institute’s conference room in Galax from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is not a political gathering.

    Warner plans to deliver brief remarks on his work in Washington and will take questions from members of the community.

    Crossroads is at 1117 E. Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Arrests include drug, firearm violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug and firearm violations were among the recent arrests in the City of Galax.

    Brittany Lee Farmer, 26, of Galax, was arrested on Aug. 6 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

    Farmer was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Foutch, according to a police report. His observations during the stop resulted in a search of the vehicle.

    Farmer was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Grayson welcomes new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.

    Shepley began his new position on July 10.

    He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.