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Today's News

  • Hospital develops strategy to make region healthier

    A community health needs assessment of the Twin Counties and Galax has found nine core problems that need to be addressed in the area.

    The problems including obesity, diabetes, chronic diseases (heart disease, pulmonary, high blood pressure, cancer), economic issues, substance abuse and mental health issues, lifestyle behavior and education, access and aging, family/responsibility and teen pregnancy, and smoking/tobacco use.

    The findings were discussed June 5 during the quarterly Community Advisory Group meeting at Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • Carroll water project questions resurface

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Public Service Authority (PSA) held a public comment period during its June 9 meeting, to give citizens an opportunity to share thoughts and concerns about the possible expenditure of project contingency funds for the Fancy Gap Water and Coon Ridge Water Projects.

    Two citizens who have questioned the PSA’s handling of water projects spoke, again voicing concerns about public notifications of meetings and a perceived lack of government transparency.

  • Mayor to enter plea in impersonation case

    BRISTOL — Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder’s appeal of his conviction for impersonating a law enforcement officer was continued last week, and now has been rescheduled as a plea hearing, according to Bristol Circuit Court records.

    This is the appeal’s second continuance, according to the records.

    The hearing is scheduled for June 20 at Bristol Circuit Court. There is no indication about what plea Crowder intends to enter.

  • Police say felon tried to sell gun on Facebook

    A posting in a local yard sale page led to the arrest of Kevin Leonardo Mittman, 33, of Galax on June 10.

    Galax Police Department Sgt. Shawny Jones received information that Mittman had posted an ad on a Facebook yard sale page, offering a firearm for sale. As a convicted felon, Mittman is prohibited from owning a gun.

    Police made arrangements to meet with Mittman to complete the transaction for the gun. Mittman was taken into custody and a firearm seized.

  • Galax car show a vehicle for fun

    “Memories on Main” car show in downtown Galax proved quite a draw for vintage, antique and custom car enthusiasts this year. Along with the cars, entertainment was provided by local group Loose Strings, along with food, book and license plate vendors.

    On hand to greet showgoers was Michigan’s Scott “Scooter” Strenzel, a car magazine journalist and author of the “Scooter’s Garage” column, who was there to give out a special award and write articles about the event and various articles on display.

  • Truck wrecks on I-77, spills candy bars

    Staff Reports

    HILLSVILLE — State police responded to multiple tractor trailer accidents throughout the day along Interstate 77 on June 6.

    The first accident happened at approximately 2:55 p.m., on the interstate’s southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of Virginia 620 in Carroll County, according to a police report.

    Canute Forbes, 35, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was operating a 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer belonging to F&H Trucking of Pompano Beach when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

  • Vince Gill to perform at Wayne Henderson Festival

    MOUTH OF WILSON — Country music star Vince Gill will headline the 20th Annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition this year.

    The family-friendly event is scheduled for June 21 at Grayson Highlands State Park near Mouth of Wilson in Grayson County.

    Also on stage will be Bill Kirchen, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger, the Snyder Family Band, Kazuhiro Inaba and Wayne Henderson and Friends.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: June 8-14

     2009

    The Independence Blue Sox won the 8-under USSSA state championship in Roanoke, over teams from the counties of Botetourt, Roanoke, Pulaski, Wythe and Henry. The Blue Sox outscored their opposition a combined 90-39 in their six games.

     

    2004

  • Maroon Tide ends on high note

    RADFORD –– One gets the impression that if the Virginia High School League offered big rock chunking, pole climbing or flat tire changing at its state track and field championships, Clif Conley would have placed somewhere among the top five or so.

    This is a guy who took up cross country just last fall and ended the season as a state champion. In May, he was a jumper and a middle-distance man, nowhere among the top times even locally in the 1600 meters. Saturday at the Group 1A track and field championships, he was crowned the state champion in that event.

  • Netters fall short in state title efforts

    RADFORD – It’s the great conundrum of what is the state tournament: for all the success necessary to get there, and for all the elation of having done so, the majority exit it empty-handed and disappointed, some downright heartbroken.

    The Twin Counties were well-represented in the tennis portion of the VHSL’s highest level of competition, but the Grayson County boys’ team, Galax’s girls’ doubles team and the Maroon Tide’s No. 1 boys’ singles player left under less than perfect circumstances.