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  • Robber strikes again

    Police say the suspect who robbed Galax's First Citizens Bank on Jan. 2 struck the First Citizens Bank at Valley View Mall in Roanoke last Wednesday around 4:30 p.m.

    The robber — who matches the description of the Galax suspect — walked into the Roanoke branch and demanded money, leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    According to the Galax Police Department, the robber was also seen that day at the First Citizens Bank in Christiansburg, an hour prior to the Roanoke robbery.

    The Christiansburg bank was not robbed.

  • ON THE AGENDA

    RICHMOND — While no progress has been made on a proposed music venue outside Hillsville, two state delegates who represent the county have proposed bills to allow Carroll County to levy an admissions tax.

    Both Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Henry County) and Del. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) have proposed their own bills on the admission tax issue.

    Armstrong's is House Bill 1902, and Carrico's is House Bill 1751.

    Both bills approach adding an admissions tax in the exact same way.

  • Abduction suspect located

    Galax police officers arrested Pablo Aguilar-Ramirez, 21, of Bryn Mawr Drive in Galax on Jan. 12 for the Sept. 29, 2008, abduction of his estranged girlfriend at a home on Hanes Road in the city.

    Aguilar-Ramirez was arrested at a residence near the original incident site on Hanes Road.

  • Grayson approves zoning request

    INDEPENDENCE — Local fire departments, rescue squads and even individuals can now hold various recreational activities in Grayson County, with a special use permit.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors held a public hearing during its December meeting to take comments on a proposed change to the zoning ordinance to allow various recreation activities, including lawn mower races.

    During its meeting Jan. 8, the board unanimously approved changing the ordinance to include the “rural commercial recreational uses.”

  • Shelter to keep dogs seized in Carroll County

    ROANOKE — Every dog has its day, and for 63 dogs seized from what state investigators called deplorable conditions in a Carroll County kennel, their day may have been Jan. 13, when they were officially turned over to a Roanoke shelter.

    Many of the dogs should be ready for adoption in about two weeks, according to Lisa O’Neill, the volunteer coordinator at Angels of Assisi, a nonprofit dedicated to helping animals. Some dogs still are receiving medical and dental care, and all will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

  • Carroll awards Exit 1 utility project

    HILLSVILLE — Public water and sewer at Interstate 77's Exit 1, essential for its development, got a little closer to reality at the Carroll Public Service Authority meeting Jan. 12.

    Authority members awarded the construction bid for both a water and sewer system there, a prerequisite for the location of a Love's truck stop at the exit in Lambsburg.

    But the award also depends on getting financing and settling unspecified legal matters, according to the motion.

  • Police search for robbery suspect

    The Galax Police Department has not yet named a suspect in the robbery of Galax's First Citizens Bank that happened last Friday afternoon, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

    At about 3 p.m. on Jan. 2, security cameras showed a man entering the First Citizens branch on East Stuart Drive in Galax. The man passed a note to a teller indicating that he was armed and demanded cash.

    The suspect then fled the bank in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash.

  • Public record for 1/7/09 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Marriage Licenses

    These marriage licenses were recorded Nov. 17-Dec. 2 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Fire victims' names released

    A 4-year-old child, her mother and father were found dead inside their mobile home the morning of Jan. 12 after it caught fire.

    Larry Stephen Lafferty, 39; Amy Stoneman, 28; and their 4-year-old daughter Deanna Lafferty were all found deceased at the scene.

    A state police arson investigator was called in to examine the scene and determine the cause, but Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said he does not suspect foul play.

    Lafferty's aunt, Linda Maddox, and brother Scott spoke briefly with The Gazette on Monday afternoon.

  • Grayson considers 3 school water options

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson has three options for getting water to the new school being built in the Western end of the county.

    Kevin Heath of Adams-Heath Engineering Inc. in Galax provided the board of supervisors with their options during a meeting Jan. 8.

    The first option is to simply run the line from the Town of Troutdale along Virginia 16 to the school.

    Heath said this option would provide a domestic and fire water line to the school, as well as 40 potential customers along the way.