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Today's News

  • Beware of 'cloned' Facebook friends

    A Southwest Virginia resident logged on to Facebook and saw a new friend request from an old friend. Normally she would be excited for the invite, but there was one small problem.
    Her friend was blind and no longer owned a computer. Someone was using her account.
    The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia warns consumers about a new Facebook scam that uses clones of profiles to gain personal information.

  • Online petition pushes to keep SWVTC open

    WOODLAWN — An online petition to keep open Virginia’s training centers for the intellectually disabled, including the facility in Carroll County, has set a goal of collecting 10,000 signatures against the action.
    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in early 2012 that the state planned to close four of the five training centers, reduce the fifth in Chesapeake to 75 beds and transition residents into community-based programs.
    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close by 2018, with all closures in the state to be completed by 2020.

  • Baby delivered in IVRS ambulance

    INDEPENDENCE — One thing’s for sure – when it’s time for a baby to be born, it’s going to happen when it’s time, whether it’s in a hospital or in the back of a rescue squad ambulance.
    This was the case early June 6 when the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad was en route to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax with a maternity patient.
    The squad was dispatched to the residence of Jessica Billings on Old Bridle Creek. They loaded her onto the ambulance at 2:10 a.m.

  • Town talks tourism at summit

    HILLSVILLE — Tourism is an industry, and Hillsville has taken steps to further capitalize on that industry.
    On June 25, the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Kitty Barker facilitated a strategic planning session to launch a new tourism plan for Hillsville.
    She met with elected and appointed town officials, citizens, representatives of civic groups, event organizers, local tourism officials, a hotel representative and others to go over Hillsville’s successes and strengths and to develop a roadmap to better promote its events and attractions.

  • Carroll dives into pool study

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll officials will take a look at the county’s recreational offerings, beginning with a long-awaited feasibility study for a pool and water park.
    Carroll once had a pool in the recreation park, but closed subsequently demolished it in 2009 due to the high cost of needed repairs.
    Waves of interest in a pool resurged in 2012 when a Facebook group called "Carroll County Citizens in favor of a Water Park/Pool" surfaced.

  • Praisin' in the Park gets 'Extreme' makeover

    Local churches are uniting to bring a four-night youth event back to Galax on July 21-24, this year with a focus on extreme sports and skateboarding.

  • Public record for 7/3/13 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 4-13 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/3/13

    Getting the sales pitch
    I titled a vehicle recently at the DMV in Galax. Within a week, I started getting warranty papers in the mail wanting to know if I wanted an extended warranty on it. I bought the vehicle out of state and no one knew I bought it but the DMV. I was wondering why they were giving my address and name to people trying to sell me extended warranties.

  • Tougher penalties for texting while driving

    A stricter law on texting while driving took effect in Virginia July 1.
    The General Assembly this year revved up the state’s 4-year-old ban on typing or reading text behind the wheel, making the activity a primary offense and raising the fine for first-time offenders to $125 from $20.
    Subsequent violations are now punishable by a fine of $250, rather than $50.
    Before, police had to have another reason, such as speeding, to stop a driver and issue a ticket for texting. That no longer is required.

  • Local gas prices among Virginia's lowest

    Gasoline prices in Hillsville and Galax have plunged in recent days, with service stations in the Twin Counties offering some of the lowest-cost fuel in Virginia.
    While officials at the American Automobile Association (AAA) fully expected that gas costs would work out to be six cents cheaper after the state gas taxes changed from a retail to wholesale tax, the drop seen in the per gallon price locally has moved aggressively lower, as if there might be a pricing war going on here.