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Today's News

  • More layoffs at Med-Fit

    INDEPENDENCE — On April 18, The Gazette received reports of another round of layoffs at the Med-Fit/Nautilus manufacturing plant in Independence.

    Some company officials formerly in charge of public relations were among those cut, so The Gazette wasn’t able to reach anyone for comment on Friday. An e-mail to company owner Dean Sbragia was not returned.

    The commercial fitness equipment company let go 33 people last month, bringing its workforce down to about 100 people. No information was available about the number in this latest round of layoffs.

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  • H.E.R.O. Day planned for May 3

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens can witness first-hand all the work that goes into serving as a police, fire, rescue and 911 dispatcher by attending H.E.R.O. Day on May 3 at Carroll County Recreation Park.
    Civilians will even be able to participate in the emergency-themed obstacle course and 5K run, according to organizers.
    H.E.R.O. stands for Hearts Empowered to Rescue Others.

  • Anders plea deal falls through, trial to be set

    INDEPENDENCE — Randy Lee Anders will stand trial on two charges of assaulting police officers in an incident that occurred in April 2013, after no plea arrangement could be worked out in the case.
    Anders, 33, appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday, but Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said no plea agreement could be reached.
    A trial date is to be set for Anders during docket call on April 25. A trial on the felony charges had been set for April 11, but were delayed as the plea deal was worked out.

  • Melando, Halsey to marry

    Brandan Halsey and Rachel Melando, along with their parents, announce their engagement.
    Halsey is the son of Lois and Bill Patterson of Wytheville, and Emerson and Sharon Halsey of Independence.

    Melando is the daughter of Rick and Margaret Melando of Charlotte, N.C.
    A July 12 wedding is planned in Richmond.

  • Public record for 4/16/14 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Jones facing drug charges after search

    A Galax man was arrested April 8 on an outstanding warrant concerning multiple drug charges.
    Dustin Jason Jones, 34, was arrested by Galax Police Officer Darren Alley at a business on E. Stuart Drive.
    Alley recognized jones as he exited a vehicle, and knew that a warrant was outstanding for Jones’ arrest, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A search after his arrest turned up illegal narcotics, for which Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule IV substance, Clark said.

  • Galax man charged with growing pot

    Ricky David Combs, 18, of Galax, was arrested April 13 and charged with manufacturing marijuana.
    Combs was charged after Galax police received a tip to visit his residence. After arriving at the residence, police discovered marijuana being grown and cultivated in a bedroom, according to a report from the police department.
    The arrest was made by officers Chris Hines and Darren Alley, the report said.
    Combs is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

  • Town recaps 2013 accomplishments

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes recently recapped town activities and accomplishments in 2013.
    The main focus for the year was on improvements to the town’s water lines and the recent installation of new water meters. The town’s public works department reported that the new meters have also had their share of problems, with about 20 of the 350 new meters being frozen and destroyed by the sub-zero temperatures during the winter.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County voters will soon have a new system of voting – paper ballots.
    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.
    Carroll County Registrar Kim Cloud said the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.