Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 3/2/11


  • 'Internet cafe' bills will ban gambling businesses

    RICHMOND — Large bipartisan majorities in the General Assembly passed legislation offered by Virginia senators Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) and Roscoe Reynolds (D-Martinsville), designed to crack down on gambling operators who have attempted to exploit a perceived loophole in state laws.
    Obenshain and Reynolds served as chief co-patrons after Reynolds' bill was incorporated into Obenshain's SB 1195. The bill passed both chambers, and goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell for his signature.

  • U.S. Marshals apprehend man in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — U.S. Marshals issued warrants against a Hillsville man Feb. 24 for violation of a federal conviction of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to federal court records.
    Cooperating with local officers, the federal marshals picked up Jason Deboard Stone, 30, at a convenience store in Hillsville. No address was listed for Stone.

  • Drug dealer faces prison, deportation

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville man who police believe was a major drug dealer has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison and faces deportation when he gets out.
    Federal agents had sought search warrants for the home of Rigoberto Ruiz-Ruvalcaba of 328 Saddle Up Trail as early as April 2009.

  • No money for prison in state budget


  • Technical school plans move forward in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have cleared the first hurdle in engineering a new career and technical educational program for the Twin Counties.
    Carroll County Public Schools officials reported last month that the concept of the Blue Ridge Crossroads GATE remains in the running for a career and technical governor's academy designation from the state.

  • New Mexican restaurant opening in Galax

    A new Mexican restaurant, El Torito, is slated to open in April at the former Libby Hill Seafood location on East Stuart Drive in Galax.
    Jose Soto and son Arturo Soto are opening the restaurant with friends Gustavo Mar and Mario Ruiz.
    Arturo Soto and Mar have both worked in several positions at Mexican restaurants for the past few years and decided to open up their own.

  • Bomb threat investigated

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County High School was searched Monday morning for a possible bomb, but nothing was found.
    Cpl. Mathew Adams of the Independence Police Department said a school maintenance man found the bomb threat written on a bathroom wall.
    Members of the Independence Police Department and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department conducted the search.
    Officers remind anyone that making a bomb threat is a serious crime and anyone caught making a threat will face charges.

  • Carroll official staying put

     Carroll County Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank will continue serving in her capacity with Carroll, rather than accept another employment opportunity with Wythe County.
    Shank asked to rescind her resignation, and the search for a new assistant administrator was halted.Supervisors Chairman Tom Littrell said, “We hated the idea of Nikki leaving and are elated that she will continue to serve Carroll County. She has added an incredible value to our operation.

  • Hospital limits visitation to minimize spread of flu

    Twin County Regional Hospital is restricting visitation until the peak flu season passes.Temporary visitation guidelines effective immediately include: