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Today's News

  • APCo: plan for higher winter bills

    Staff Report

    With frigid temperatures continuing to grip the region this week, Appalachian Power is urging customers to plan for the possibility of higher electric bills.

    “The colder it is outside, the more energy it takes to keep it warm inside, so in this extended cold spell I would anticipate an increase in electric usage for customers who heat with electricity,” said APCo spokesman Phil Moye. “This increased usage will result in higher bills.”

  • McAuliffe's budget aims to pad state reserves

    Landmark News Service

    RICHMOND — One last shot at Medicaid expansion.

    That’s the big $584 million line item in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final two-year budget before he leaves office this month. He presented it to the General Assembly’s money committees in December.

    The governor has included expansion in every one of his budgets, but the Republican-controlled legislature has refused.

  • Readers Hotline 1/3/18

    How’s it spent?
    I noticed in the paper today Hillsville received some grant funds. That’s pretty good but I have often wondered why when Hillsville annexed up at Interstate 77, the meals tax also went up from 10 percent to 13 percent. I wonder what businesses in Hillsville have provided for these funds. The only thing I can come up with is, I have seen so many extra police cars and so many extra police. But, you don’t do anything else beneficial for the people. Gee whiz. Anybody else noticed this?

  • Public record for 1/3/18 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Fans roll out for final skate

    Staff Report

    A Galax skating rink that has been part of the community for nearly 40 years closed this weekend, but before it did, dozens of people came out for one last skate.

    Galax Roller Land owner Ronald Vaught is recovering for a few weeks in a nursing home after suffering a stroke around Thanksgiving. He has decided to close the business, but family and friends organized a fundraising skate for Dec. 30 to raise money for Vaught.

  • Galax social services director departing

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    Even though she’s retiring next month, Susan Clark, director of the Department of Social Services for the City of Galax, isn’t slowing down.

    Her office currently serves more than 4,000 cases, providing all kinds of services to the people of the city.

  • N.C. suspects charged with Galax larcenies

    Staff Report

    Officers investigated two larcenies committed by North Carolinians in Galax, one in conjunction with a burglary, according to a report released by the Galax Police Department.

    Justin Lee Davis, 30, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested in connection with an offense that was reported on Dec. 6, 2017.

  • Dugspur man arrested after chase in stolen car

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man is in custody after a brief chase in a stolen car.

    On Dec. 23, 2017, at 2:11 p.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Patrick Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for a stolen green Ford Thunderbird that had been taken from their county.

    According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Lt. Bobby Lyons, Sgt. David Walls and Cpl. Rocky Dalton responded to the Dugspur section of Carroll County to watch for the car.

  • Carroll PSA continues water purchase talks with Mount Airy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Public Service Authority (PSA) is continuing its work to buy water from Mount Airy, N.C., to serve the southern end of the county.

    The PSA has received a draft amendment to the existing water purchase agreement from Mount Airy, N.C., and the draft is being reviewed by the PSA staff.

  • Readers Hotline 1/1/18

    Carroll’s entertainment
    I’d like to comment on the Carroll County Fair article. That is the best deal of the summer for the area. Only $5. The children love it. Little rides, shows, agriculture. Even the wrestling was a great success this year. Also, Carroll County does a good job on the cruise-ins they have every year. It is free and everyone has a great time. Carroll County does a great job on all of its entertainment.

    Hardly a raise