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Today's News

  • Training center residents protected

    RICHMOND — A federal judge added certain protections for residents of Virginia’s intellectual and developmental training centers before signing off on the settlement negotiated between the state and the Department of Justice.
    Judge John Gibney Jr. on June 13 gave his blessing to the settlement agreement that arose from a federal investigation of the civil rights of people institutionalized in the Central Virginia Training Center. That inquiry then spread to the other four facilities in the state, including the one in Carroll County.

  • State police say speed caused fatal wreck

    The car accident that resulted in the death of Pamela Slate appeared to be speed-related, said Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan.
    Slate, 44, of Carsonville Road in Independence, was killed last Monday afternoon after the 2000 Firebird she was driving struck a utility pole on Edmonds Road, south of Galax.
    Vaughan said Slate appeared to be going too fast for the condition of the road. It had rained that afternoon.
    Slate lost control of her car, ran off the side of the road, overcorrected and hit a utility pole head-on, breaking the pole in half.

  • Town chosen for revitalization project

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence is one of seven communities in the 13-state Appalachian Region selected to receive federal technical assistance under the Livable Communities program.
    Few details are available, but federal and town officials were expected to announce more about the project on Tuesday.

  • What kind of leader can calm the waters?

    It takes a statesman to lead in a positive manner and at the same time withstand the combative tone that’s overtaken our public discussions in this country lately.
    The Twin Counties seemed somewhat harbored from the turbulence that’s shaken national politics ever since the great recession was recognized in 2008.
    The levee that held back the torrent of anger, bitterness and resentment seemed to fail last fall with the general election.

  • R/C jet pilots take hobby to new heights

    Area 52 members out of Max Meadows took a test flight at Twin County Airport during the Virginia Jets event on June 9.
    More than 20 pilots took advantage of the runway at the general aviation airport to launch their aircraft.
    Area 52, with some members hailing from the Twin Counties, sponsored the weekend of fun for radio control model enthusiasts who fly miniature versions of jets.

  • No, there isn't a serial killer in your house

    HILLSVILLE — Calls about a serial killer on the loose, supposedly coming from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, are hoaxes, says Investigator Kevin Kemp.
    The investigator notes that the sheriff’s department has received two reports of residents getting such phone calls.
    The caller claims that they are from the sheriff’s department and says that there’s a serial killer in the house and the resident needs to hide immediately, Kemp said.

  • Airport projects underway

     

  • Long-simmering issues boil over at Hillsville Town Council meeting

    HILLSVILLE — Since the beginning of the race for town mayor began last year, Hillsville had been stewing with long-held resentments, often vague accusations of wrongdoing by officials and rumors that political challengers would “clean house” in the town office if elected.
    Those issues came to a boil Monday night as a crowd gathered in Hillsville Town Hall, filling the council meeting room and spilling out into hallways, the lobby and the sidewalks.

  • Allen wins Virginia GOP primary

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports

    As expected, former governor and senator George Allen coasted to victory in a low-turnout primary Tuesday, earning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2006.
    Allen had strong support in the Twin Counties, where he won a combined 84.2 percent of the vote in a four-way race and far outpaced his statewide share of 66 percent.

  • City tax increases take effect July 1

    Increases to the meals, lodging, personal property, real estate and machinery and tools taxes will take effect July 1, after Galax City Council approved the 2013 budget on Monday.
    The meals tax will increase from 5 to 7.5 percent; real estate tax from 62¢ to 67¢ per $100; personal property tax from $1.58 to $2.25 per $100; machinery and tools tax from $1.42 to $1.50 per $100; and lodging tax from 5 to 8 percent.