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Today's News

  • One killed, one injured in Saturday night crash

    HILLSVILLE — Virginia State Police say that speed was a factor in a Saturday night crash that killed the 20-year-old driver and seriously injured the passenger.

  • Readers' Hotline 12/2/13

    Gladeville family
    I had a Thanksgiving meal at Gladeville Elementary School today, and it was awesome. We had a very good crowd and the people enjoyed their family and kids and friends.

  • Grading scale fails to give accurate portrayal of public schools

    School officials are concerned about the state Board of Education’s recent approval of an A-F grading scale for schools, and rightly so.
    The new scale, which will assign an overall grade for every school in Virginia, will complement the accreditations and federal accountability rating systems that are already in place. However, many educators feel that the grade will give too simplistic a view of their schools’ capabilities.

  • Federal tax breaks could expire

    A slowed effort to overhaul federal tax laws has put scores of tax breaks in jeopardy, including provisions that benefit teachers, parents of college students, homeowners and small businesses.
    The tax breaks will expire at the end of the year unless Congress decides to extend them. But given Washington’s gridlock, that might be a long shot.

  • Barn fire under investigation

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  • Helpers handling healthcare hassles

    An estimated 1,800 Twin County residents have sought information about applying to the Affordable Care Act from two outreach program workers based at Tri-Area Community Health Center in Laurel Fork.
    Of those, about 100 have completed and turned in their own application to comply with the law that requires all people to have their own health insurance, the program many times referred to as “Obamacare” for the chief executive who got it passed.

  • Tiny horses create big commotion in town

    INDEPENDENCE — A herd of  ponies created havoc in Independence the morning of Nov. 20 after they escaped from their field and ended up on Rainbow Circle.

  • A million wishes for Charlie

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Charity Shupe of Woodlawn is checking her mailbox every day for letters and Christmas cards from the community, following a recent request that she posted online on behalf of her father, Charlie Alderman.
    “Please read this... A lot of my [Facebook] friends are aware of my father’s situation... I am not asking for money or handouts, however I would love nothing more than to make this Christmas special [for him],” Charity posted on a public Facebook page earlier this month.

  • Dugspur family loses home to fire

    DUGSPUR — A family of three lost their home at 10538 Floyd Pike in a Nov. 27 fire.
    Hillsville Fire Department received an alarm at 4:42 a.m. to respond to an emergency at the home of the family of Joe Reed.
    The owner reported that a flue fire started at the fire place or wood stove in the back of the home, according to information from the fire department. The owner tried to throw water on the blaze, but it broke through the wall at the chimney.

  • Community Christmas Chest needs donors, volunteers

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department announced in October that it will once again sponsor the Community Christmas Fund that it oversaw 70 years ago.
    Now that the holidays are getting closer, the department is looking to the community for help bringing the spirit of Christmas to hundreds local families.