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Today's News

  • Planner: Carroll should protect farm land

    HILLSVILLE — Why put Carroll's agricultural heritage at risk with poorly planned development, when trends show that there are plenty of lots available to provide enough housing for the next 20 years?

  • JROTC Raiders reach for the top

    Carroll County's  JROTC and the Blue Ridge Mountain Council (BRMC) Boy Scouts recently hosted the second annual “Raider on the New” competition.

    Other competing schools were William Byrd, Monticello, Harrisonburg, Fishburne Military Academy and Gretna. 

  • Hospital weighs options

    Faced with a magnitude of challenges that federal healthcare reform is bringing to independent hospitals, Twin County Regional Hospital is using a national consultant to determine how the hospital can best serve the community — either by remaining independent or aligning with a hospital system.

    TCRH board members are concerned that the independent hospital won’t have the resources and assets to keep up with the new legislation’s requirements.

  • Public record for 10/22/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 31-Aug. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Australian driver confused by road rules

    HILLSVILLE — A tourist from Australia caused a Sunday accident on U.S. 221 that injured four when he drove on the wrong side of the road, according to a Virginia State Police report.

    Lewis Clarkson Puls from Queensland, Australia, had been driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then wanted to get to Pulaski by Virginia 100, according to investigating Trooper J.D. Delp. He missed the turn from U.S. 221.

  • Family of 11 loses home to fire

    INDEPENDENCE — The family of James and Kim Peterson expressed their gratitude for all the support from the community following a fire that destroyed their home on the night of Oct. 10.

    Sue Worley, Kim Peterson’s mother, said the family was at an Independence restaurant eating supper when the fire started at about 7:30 p.m.

    A neighbor smelled smoke and called James Peterson on his cell phone.

  • Galax plans road projects

    Adjustments to the Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive intersection, located near Subway restaurant in Galax, should be complete October 2011, Galax City Manager Keith Barker told city council at its Oct. 11 meeting. 

    Barker met with Dan Huff of Hillsville's Virginia Department of Transportation office to discuss the state of projects within the city. The largest project listed is for improvements to the intersection at Glendale Road/East Stuart Drive, which is estimated to cost $2.6 million. 

  • Cochran named top cop

     NEW YORK — Looking for an elderly resident trapped in the Jan. 9 fire at Briarleigh Court, Virginia State Police Trooper Matt Cochran felt his uniform starting to melt, he told Parade magazine.

  • Two injured, one killed, in motorcycle wrecks

     After three motorcycle crashes — one resulting in death — at a paving site on Interstate 77 in Carroll County, Virginia State Police are warning motorists to use caution at near the 9 and 10 mile markers in the northbound lanes.

    Three serious accidents have occurred in the construction zone since Oct. 15, within a mile of each other, noted Sgt. S.E. Lowe, state police spokesman. 

    "We had three crashes in three days, almost in the same vicinity, where this paving operation is going on," he said.

  • Amendments will be on ballot

     Virginia voters will be asked to vote on three constitutional amendments Nov. 2.

    The topics cover property tax relief, property tax relief for veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability, and increasing the size of Virginia’s “rainy day fund”