Today's News

  • Assembly passes budget without Medicaid expansion

    RICHMOND — Averting a potential government shutdown with less than three weeks to spare, the General Assembly passed an austere two-year budget June 12 after hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling over the thorny issue of Medicaid expansion.

    The spending plan does not include a provision aimed at expanding the federal/state health insurance program for low-income people, a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul that was left as an option to the states.

  • Motorcycle crash results in injury, fatality

    Virginia State Police responded to the scene of a motorcycle accident that resulted in one injury and the fatality of a 60-year old Max Meadows man on Wednesday.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/18/14

    Central location
    There are 21 acres right in the middle of Galax that have been for sale for five or six years that would be a perfect place for a new school. Looks like someone on city council would recommend that spot for the school instead of a residential area.
    Every time I read a letter to the editor about greenhouse gases and the environment when it is really about a vegan agenda, I am going to eat an extra hamburger with a side or ribs.
    Time gets away

  • Hospital’s new CT scanner helps docs and patients

    Twin County Regional Hospital recently held an open house for its new 64-slice CT scanner.

    The device, the software needed to run it and the CT suite renovation was a $1 million investment that will help doctors diagnose problems with greater precision and less hassle for patients.

    The scanner, an Optima CT660 system, is made by GE.

    On hand to discuss the new scanner were TCRH Director of Diagnostic Imaging David Payne and radiologist Dr. J. Bolen.

  • Woman charged with financial exploitation

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury has indicted Margie M. Spencer of Mouth of Wilson on two counts of financial exploitation of a mentally handicapped person.
    The grand jury met April 25, and Spencer’s charges were among several sealed indictments. The file was unsealed after she was arrested in late May.
    Court records showed that between Jan. 1 and June 1, 2013, Spencer allegedly exploited $200 or more.

  • Carroll grand jury issues 141 charges

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 141 indictments against 55 individuals in Monday’s circuit court session.

    Indictments included a total of eight different charges against James Danny Miller of Dandridge, Tenn. According to the indictments, Miller has been charged with the abductions of Connie Denham, Kayla A. Denham and Lincoln T. Brady; along with four charges of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one charge of statutory burglary.

  • Owens pleads guilty to murder

    HILLSVILLE — In the midst of grand jury indictments on Monday, 31-year-old Jesse James Owens of Woodlawn surprised the court with a guilty plea to four charges, including first-degree murder.

    The case preceding Owens’ plea began Feb. 8, 2013, when he admittedly used a firearm to shoot and kill his girlfriend, Delphie Willey.

    Owens was accused of shooting Willey in the head, according to police reports. Previous testimonies had indicated that he’d committed the act after becoming jealous of Willey dancing with another man.

  • Public record for 6/18/14 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 February in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Police searching for hit-and-run suspect

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run accident that happened on Main Street last Friday.
    The department was called to the scene at 10 p.m. on June 13, after a witness saw a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by an unknown suspect crash into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked in front of a residence on South Main Street.
    “The suspect hit the vehicle so hard, that he basically knocked [the Tahoe] onto the sidewalk,” said Police Chief Greg Bolen.


    RADFORD –– Galax finally attained the ultimate goal. It took a perfect goal to make it happen.

    A fixture in the state tournament over the last decade, the Maroon Tide won its first Group 1A state championship in boys’ soccer Saturday when a surgical strike by Mario Carranza in the 57th minute boosted Galax to a 2-1 win over Radford at Cupp Stadium.