Today's News

  • Children could lose health benefits

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services is notifying Virginia families with one or more family members enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that they could lose their coverage unless Congress reauthorizes the program soon.

    This would affect more than 400 children in the Twin Counties.

    If Congress does not reauthorize CHIP, Virginia will run out of funding for its program, called FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security), on Jan. 31, 2018.

  • Carroll could sell delinquent taxpayers' property


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has had enough of residents not paying their property taxes.

    At the Dec. 11 meeting, Supervisors Chairman Bob Martin said, “It’s just not fair for us to continue to allow these people not to pay. It’s not fair for those who pay their taxes on time.”

    Martin said some of the delinquent taxes date back 20 years.

  • Apartment arson trial delayed for mental exam

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, a Wythe County suspect charged in connection with an apartment fire above the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, had his trial put on hold until he can receive a mental examination.

    A trial in Grayson County Circuit Court had been set for November.

    According to court records, Rose’s trial has been rescheduled. The court will reconvene to hear the results of the examination on Feb. 8, 2018.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    At a structure fire on Dec. 9, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department did not need to rescue any residents – but they did save as much of their Christmas as possible.

    Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Peaks Mountain Road in Galax at 3:56 p.m. and found fire coming through a wall on the back side of the house, with heavy smoke pushing through all of the eaves.

    Additional crew was summoned to help control the blaze. Firefighters noticed a Christmas tree with presents stacked all around. They split forces and moved the presents to safety outside.

  • Fire a reminder to use heaters safely

    A structure fire on Lawrence Street in Galax at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 10 caused damage to a home, according to Galax Fire Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department responded and found heavy fire blowing out of the house’s back right bedroom windows, along with heavy black smoke.

    The lone occupant was determined to be out of the home. Once the fire was extinguished with two lines, firefighters dealt with the damage.

  • Historic bell moved to new home in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries community’s daily bustle ground to a halt on Nov. 30, when the sight of the Fries Bell — a familiar town landmark — riding down the street in a parade-like fashion on the back of a tractor trailer piqued citizens’ curiosities.

    The familiar artifact was en route from the Fries Mill site to the spot where the town’s long-awaited Fries Depot project is planned.

  • Final push planned to keep center open

    The Southwestern Virginia Training Center is slated to close in June 2018, but those who want to save the mental health facility have not given up hope.

  • SWVA has most bridges, culverts in 'poor' condition

    Capital News Service

    It’s difficult to avoid driving over a bridge in Virginia, and motorists often don’t give them a second thought.

    Drivers are unaware that some of the structures they have come to trust are in a troubling state, especially in the southwestern part of the commonwealth.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 8


    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments against eight suspects have been opened and those charged have been arrested in Grayson County.

    A Grayson Circuit Court grand jury met Oct. 27 and handed down the indictments for drug violations and other charges. Some were sealed until arrest warrants could be served.

    The unsealed indictments included:

  • Readers Hotline 12/13/17

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