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Today's News

  • Area needs nurses to handle abuse cases

    A local group is seeking options for a forensic nurse examiners’ program to serve victims of sexual assault and child abuse in and around the Twin Counties.

    Now, victims must be transported outside the area to be examined, an added trauma on top of the one they’ve just experienced.

    It’s a long car ride — up to an hour — to a facility with nurses trained to collect evidence and perform a proper exam, which can be vitally important to prosecuting an offender.

  • Readers Hotline 8/14/17

    The great divide
    I just want to say I am so sick and tired of two words: Democrats and Republicans. They are causing the greatest division of anything ever in our country.

    Just woke up

  • Field of Reality

    Galax’s newly-renovated and resurfaced football stadium is on time, on budget and ready to go for tomorrow’s scrimmage with Mount Airy. While the school obviously doesn’t plan any cow-patty bingo fundrasiers, a good chunk of the cost could have been offset simply by putting a toll booth on Long Street.

  • Saving our poorest localities

    James W. “Will” Morefield (R-Tazewell) represents the 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He plans to submit legislation to the General Assembly that would exempt all residents and corporations from personal and corporate income tax for a period of 10 years in some of Virginia’s poorest counties.

  • Sen. Warner to meet with local leaders in Galax

    U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will visit Galax on Wednesday to hear the primary needs and concerns of local government, community and business leaders.

    The meeting will be held in The Crossroads Institute’s conference room in Galax from 9:30-10:30 a.m. This is not a political gathering.

    Warner plans to deliver brief remarks on his work in Washington and will take questions from members of the community.

    Crossroads is at 1117 E. Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Arrests include drug, firearm violations

    Staff Reports

    Drug and firearm violations were among the recent arrests in the City of Galax.

    Brittany Lee Farmer, 26, of Galax, was arrested on Aug. 6 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

    Farmer was arrested after a traffic stop conducted by Foutch, according to a police report. His observations during the stop resulted in a search of the vehicle.

    Farmer was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending her appearance in the Galax General District Court.

  • Grayson welcomes new county administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — The July 13 meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors was a transitional one, as the board and county staff publicly welcomed William “Bill” Shepley to his position as the new county administrator.

    Shepley began his new position on July 10.

    He will fill the position previously held by Jonathan Sweet, who resigned Jan. 15 to accept a position as Pulaski’s county administrator.

  • State police complete investigation of deputy's fatal crash

    HILLSVILLE — There will be no charges brought against the other driver in the two-vehicle crash that led to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis Bartlett’s death in March, according to local officials.

    Bartlett was responding to join a fellow deputy and a Virginia State Trooper in pursuit of a suspect when the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on March 9. Bartlett had not yet reached the pursuit when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto U.S. 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp in Hillsville.

  • Departing theater manager applauds community

    If his life was a movie, this would be the scene where our hero leaves behind the life he’s known and embarks on a journey into the unknown.

    He’s not really jetting off for an unknown planet or a lost city, but Mike Steinsberger is leaving Twin County Cinema III after 22 years as manager.

    He’s excited to begin this next chapter, but first he has unfinished business: thanking the community that has supported him and his family for more than two decades.

  • Two charged with attempted arson

    Staff Reports

    CANA — Two men are in custody, charged with attempting to burn an occupied house in Cana.

    On July 30 at approximately 12:33 am, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a possible arson of a residence located on Holland Drive in Cana, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.