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Today's News

  • Give wisely this holiday season

    Staff Reports

    From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.

  • Volunteers pack, deliver 598 boxes of Christmas cheer

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – More than 200 volunteers showed up last Thursday night to pack boxes of food to be distributed to less fortunate families in Carroll County.

    The group first had to sort the hundreds of cans of food and other items, placing them in different bins to be placed in the boxes that came down a conveyor belt.

    The Carroll Christmas Fund is held each year to solicit funds to pay for the food boxes.

  • Fries woman pleads guilty to federal drug charge

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE – A Fries woman, who reportedly conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Hillsville and Galax areas, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.

    A news release from U.S. Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr.’s office confirmed that Bianca Victoria Aroche, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and to distributing drugs.

  • Millions could benefit from Health Insurance Marketplace

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Here’s some good news: When it comes to health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, millions of Americans benefit from federal financial assistance each year, and you may, too.

    Since its inception in 2013, the Affordable Care Act has helped approximately 20 million Americans gain affordable health insurance, 12.7 million of whom have enrolled in marketplace plans.

  • Readers Hotline 12/19/16

    Dark and cold
    Christmas parades should be for the young children and elderly. Makes you wonder who schedules these parades at night when it is dark and too cold.

    Just as smart

  • Cardiac, diabetic patients have new rehab option

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll Wellness Center has implemented two rehabilitation programs over the course of 2016 and has seen great success with both. The programs focus on diabetic and cardiac rehabilitation and are working collaborations between CWC trainers and a patient’s physician.

    The trainers involved with the program at CWC, Carrie Phipps and Beth King, are both certified in rehabilitation and are seeing around 30 patients a week.

    They see that the program is growing.

  • Sexual assault investigation leads to arrest

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect has been arrested as the result of an investigation involving the sexual assault of a minor, according to a news release from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Supervisors to interview administrator candidates

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will continue its December meeting in the boardroom of the Grayson County Courthouse on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.; and Dec. 21 at noon.

    The board will convene in closed session on both dates to conduct interviews for the position of county administrator.

  • McCraw won't seek re-election due to health

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    HILLSVILLE – Fancy Gap District Supervisor Phil McCraw made a surprise announcement at Monday night’s Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting when he said he would not seek re-election.

    McCraw, who was elected in 2012, said he is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and, because of his health issues, would not seek re-election next year.

  • Hope House wants to buy women's shelter

    The Galax Hope House, having purchased its own main facility for homeless men, now turns its sights to its other project — a women’s shelter, with a pricetag of $30,000.

    Word of the shelter’s existence has been by necessity somewhat muted. Hope House keeps its location unmentioned, as so often women in need of its services also need a safe, secluded harbor from abusive partners or family who may be trying to locate them.