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Today's News

  • Elderly denied local care

    I am stunned to learn that the General Assembly voted in April to shut down the geriatric unit at Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion.
    In fiscal year 2009 the unit had operational costs of roughly $1.3 million and revenue of approximately $2.5 million. It is not losing money. Why must it be closed?

  • Hot Tub Hot Rod

    FANCY GAP — A couple has gone racing down memory lane with a tub full of recollections about grassroots tracks, cars, drivers and mechanics.
    Before NASCAR took over the racing world, many communities had homegrown speedways — dirt or paved — where driver revved up engines and mechanics tinkered on the cars just for the excitement.

  • Child porn charges filed

    HILLSVILLE — Police say they have arrested and charged a 20-year-old Hillsville man with possession of child pornography, according to a news release issued Sept. 22.
    David Michael Deskins, indicted Sept. 20 by the Carroll grand jury, has been accused of 11 counts of possession of child porn, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department. He is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

  • Sweet ordered to jail, pending sentencing hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Freddie Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted in a June jury trial on two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, has been ordered to remain in custody at the New River Valley Regional Jail until he can be sentenced.
    A judge issued the order last week, and Sweet, 67, reported to the jail, said Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Vaught.
    Sweet had been free on a $25,000 bond.
    The sentencing hearing has been delayed twice on motions from the defense.

  • Maroon Tide hosts XC invitational

     WOODLAWN –– Galax placed second in the girls’ standings and fifth among boys’ teams as it hosted the Maroon Tide Invitational cross country meet Wednesday at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center.

    Led by top-20 finishes by Megan Boyles (11th), Lindsey Ayers (13th) and Jennifer Laws (18th), the Maroon Tide finished with 75 team points and was able to hold off Patrick Henry-Glade Spring for the runner-up spot behind Radford.

    Marleigh Durham ran to a 23rd-place finish and Kelsey Williams was 34th for the Tide.

  • Cavaliers thump Graham; Tide, Blue Devils pick up Mountain Empire wins

     HILLSVILLE –– It took Carroll County a few minutes to find its groove, but once that happened, there was no catching the Cavaliers as they rolled over Graham 25-13, 25-7, 25-8 in a Southwest District match Thursday night.

  • Second half surge lifts Maroon Tide

     Galax scored on three of its first four second-half possessions Friday night to secure a 30-21 win on homecoming against the Rockets of Craig County.

    Though Galax (3-2) dominated the final 24 minutes of the game, it was the Rockets (3-2) that held a lead after the first half.

    Craig County wasted no time putting six points on the board in the first eight minutes of the game. Rocket quarterback Josh Oulette connected with Brenton Christian on the opening drive for a touchdown after Tide defender Austin Pack went for the interception and missed.

  • Huge rally falls short

     INDEPENDENCE –– Carroll County survived a 28-point Grayson County rally and used a two-point conversion in overtime to escape Grayson County with a 36-35 win in a nondistrict game Friday at Bill Strong Field.

  • Insurance provision for young adults takes effect

    A part of the national health care reform law that took effect Sept. 23 allows a parent to include their children on their plans until they are age 26.
    It is one of several provisions that began six months after the law was passed.
    Most health plans that offer dependent coverage now must permit parents to include young adult children up to age 26. The measure takes effect on the first day of a policy’s new plan year.

  • Audit: VDOT left nearly $500M unspent in 2009

    RICHMOND — Hundreds of millions in unspent reserves identified by an independent auditor will be taken from state transportation accounts and funneled into delayed road repair and construction work, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week.
    McDonnell aims to spend $614 million in recovered cash over the next year — a boost to the state's transportation needs, he said.