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Today's News

  • Local crops resisting drought

    HILLSVILLE — People making jack-o-lanterns this fall may end up carving pumpkins from Southwestern Virginia, due to the drought disrupting crops over much of the United States, according to information from state agriculture officials.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that nearly 1,300 counties, many of them in the grain-producing Midwest, have declared disasters. Meanwhile, a number of severe thunderstorms have caused their own brand of damage, but they also brought rain totals up for the Twin Counties.

  • Pit bull uplifts owner, knocks down stereotypes

    After several falls that resulted in two major surgeries, Norma Jean Carico found the solution to prevent her from losing her balance.
    She trained her 2-year-old pit bull, Peanut, to become her assistance dog.
    Peanut is the love of her life. In fact, a necklace around her neck with Peanut’s picture on it is engraved with “True Unconditional Love.”

  • Allen, Kaine trade barbs at debate

    Virginia’s U.S. Senate candidates wasted little time igniting partisan fireworks in their first debate of the 2012 campaign season, setting the tone for a contentious contest in one of the country’s key political battlegrounds.
    Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine argued over tax and budget policies and accused each other of being excessively partisan during their clash at the Virginia Bar Association’s annual summer meeting last weekend.

  • New poll has Senate, presidential contests deadlocked in Va.

    Republican Mitt Romney has pulled into a dead heat with President Barack Obama in the battlegound state of Virginia, according to a new statewide poll released last week.
    Romney and Obama are tied at 44 percent in a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University. Obama led Romney by 5 percentage points in a June 7 Quinnipiac poll and by 8 points in a March survey.

  • Cana man charged with break-ins

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies and a Virginia State Police canine unit quickly located a suspect in an Orchard Gap breaking and entering Monday, leading to charges against a 37-year-old Cana man, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Deputies received a report at 8:22 a.m. from an unspecified property owner that someone had broken into his home while he was away, according to the deputies.

  • Carroll could qualify for disaster assistance

    RICHMOND — Carroll County is on the list of localities that could be reimbursed by the federal government for costs associated with the severe storms of June 29 through July 1, according to the governor’s office.
    State officials said Monday that Gov. Bob McDonnell requested the financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Virginia and for 59 localities affected by the “derecho” storms.

  • Spin to Win: Training helps students reach fitness goals

    Once weighing more than 400 pounds, Steve Hooks is now glad he stumbled across spinning class at the Galax Recreation Center.
    Hooks, 50, of Galax, was considering gastric bypass surgery to shed the weight before he started spinning classes in January. He has since lost about 50 pounds through the help of Weight Watchers and Doris Spangler, his spinning instructor.
    A casual bike rider, Hooks was tired of lugging the excess weight along the New River Trail. Now, he can go faster and farther than before.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/25/12

    Obamacare is great
    Well, this kind of scam alert about paying bills for seniors in the paper today. I don’t know about that, but I do know Obamacare is great. I am a senior citizen and this preventative care medicine and paying all your tests and shots has been a lot to me, being on a fixed income.

    Lobbying against the lobby

  • Wounded deputy recalls shooting

     

  • Council splits on using panel to choose chief

    HILLSVILLE — As town council seeks to fill the vacant Hillsville police chief position, members split Monday on whether getting hiring advice from a board of law enforcement leaders from other localities would make the process go more smoothly.
    Town officials continue to advertise for both a new town manager and a police chief, but Vice Mayor Ed Terry focused his comments on filling the vacancy in the police department.