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  • 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.

  • Scholarship honors departing superintendent

    Galax City Council has set up a scholarship through the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education to honor former Schools Superintendent Sam Cook, who retired in December.

    The city has pledged up to $2,500 to match private donations raised throughout the community to fund a scholarship for a deserving Galax High School senior in Cook's name.

  • Judge resigns after arrests

    RICHMOND — A judge who found himself on the wrong side of the law twice in 2008 resigned at the end of the year.

    Michael Keith Blankenship had been serving as a juvenile and domestic relations court judge in the 27th Judicial District — which includes Carroll, Grayson and Galax — when he was charged with misdemeanor crimes after two separate motor vehicle incidents last year.

  • Public record for 12/24/08 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.  

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 8-26 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Garnett L. Rakes and Irene M. Rakes to James C. Adams and Melissa G. Adams. 13.431 acres in the Oldtown District. $260,000.

  • Regional water plant site chosen

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been landed for a new regional water plant on the New River, but Virginia/Carolina Water Authority members haven't let many details flow.

    Independence Town Manager Kenneth Vaught told The Gazette in an e-mail last week that “the authority passed a resolution to acquire property and a conservation easement.”

  • Two charged in Galax purse snatching

    Two local women have been arrested and charged in connection with a purse snatching that occurred on Jan. 3 in Galax, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Galax Police were notified at 9:30 p.m. that 61-year-old Joyce Bunn had been knocked two the ground by two females and her purse stolen while Bunn was walking to her home on Grayson Street.

  • Goody's going out of business

    After emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Goody's Family Clothing will lay off its employees and close its doors — including its Galax store — the company announced this week.

    Management at Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was given orders not to provide any further information, but the assistant manager did say that the last day the store will be open is not certain at this time.

    Goody's will begin a going-out-of-business sale today, Friday.