Local News

  • HEALTHCARE ENROLLMENT: hospital offers assistance

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

    On Nov. 15, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began.

    The Health Insurance Marketplace offers expanded access to low-cost healthcare coverage for people without health insurance, or for those who are interested in exploring more cost-effective alternatives to their current coverage. Last year alone, 7.3 million people obtained health coverage through the Marketplace – including 216,356 in Virginia.

  • Police search for Tiller

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the community’s assistance in finding a wanted fugitive.

    Brittany Nicole Tiller is wanted for failing to appear in court on a charge of breaking and entering, according to an alert from the departments.

  • Schools urge bus safety

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools officials are concerned about this year’s increase in the number of vehicles that are illegally passing stopped school buses.

    After hearing similar reports from several Carroll County school bus drivers, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Burnette released a public service announcement to warn the community about the legal consequences and dangers of passing a school bus while it is stopped to pick up or drop off school children.

  • City council honors police, EMS chiefs

    At Monday night’s meeting, Galax City Council praised two first-responder agency leaders who had recently received honors from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office — Police Chief Rick Clark and Galax-Grayson EMS Chief Ron Passmore.

    Mayor C.M. Mitchell introduced Clark first with a slight jest. “Chief Clark, who’s in the back row there, in his usual spot, has been appointed to [the governor’s task force concerning abuse of heroin and prescription drugs.] Can I talk about it for a second?”

  • Hillsville names Parnell citizen of the month

    HILLSVILLE — Laura Beth Parnell has been selected as Hillsville’s Citizen of the Month for November for her work with several community groups.

    Parnell was selected by Town Manager Retta Jackson, and presented with the award at Hillsville Town Council’s Nov. 10 meeting.

  • Hillsville denies zoning request for apartments

    HILLSVILLE — The Town of Hillsville has rejected a proposal to rezone 319 Edgewood Drive from a residential to multi-residential property.

    Prior to the town’s decision, a public hearing was held on Oct. 27 to hear concerns from the community regarding the proposal.

    According to the Hillsville Planning Commission, 18 people were opposed to the proposal at the meeting, and three other citizens called to communicate their disapproval to the commission afterwards.

  • Center helps grow small local businesses

    HILLSVILLE ― Local small businesses created fewer jobs this year and fewer new businesses started up, but more existing companies expanded and jobs were retained.

    These figures came from the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Galax, which works with local entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses.

    Mandy Archer, director of the SBDC, gave a report on this year’s figures to the Carroll County IDA at its Nov. 4 meeting.

  • Stab victim charged with domestic assault

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville man has been charged with two counts of domestic assault against his girlfriend, who was charged on Friday for allegedly stabbing him in the back with a knife.

  • Fries to seek funding to fix up rec center

    FRIES — Fries Town Council has approved a resolution to authorize the recreation center renovation committee to seek and accept planning and evaluation funding on behalf of the town.

    Mayor Richard Farmer requested the vote at council’s Nov. 4 meeting.

    The resolution states that the town-owned structure — commonly referred to as the Fries “Y” — is in a state that may become unsafe and unusable for town activities and other uses.

  • Woman charged in boyfriend's stabbing

    HILLSVILLE — A 31-year-old Hillsville woman has been charged with malicious wounding and domestic assault after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend at their apartment on Friday.

    According to a report from Hillsville Police Department Investigator Sgt. Alan Gravley, Lonnie Baggatta, 31, of Hillsville, entered the department’s office on Main Street at approximately 9 a.m., and informed officers that he had been stabbed in the back with a knife.