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  • DNA, prints link victim to suspects

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.

    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.

  • Owners offer $1,000 reward for missing dog

    Staff Report

    LAUREL FORK — The family of a missing therapy dog is offering a $1,000 for her safe return or information leading to her location, no questions asked.

    Stella, a 2-year-old brindle boxer, went missing from her Laurel Fork home in Carroll County on Jan. 8. She is in training to become a therapy dog, and assists owner Emily Goad’s nephew with his ADHD.

  • Public record for 1/24/18 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

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

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  • Legislators' chance for transparancy

    The Virginia General Assembly has in this session a tremendous opportunity to dramatically improve the commonwealth’s approach to transparency in government.

    Numerous bills now pending before the legislature would make documents more accessible, strengthen the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and bolster accountability for public officials. They would afford residents a clearer view of how government works, which is essential in a democratic republic.

    Crucial to this effort will be a freshman class of legislators for whom openness is a priority.

  • Davis found guilty of murder in double shooting

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis faces a recommended sentence to life in prison, after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates, and wounded David Patton.
    The jury deliberated Friday evening for two hours, before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling, and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Carroll County girls roll past Alleghany by 31

    LOW MOOR –– Carroll County knocked off the last remaining unbeaten team in the Three Rivers District, blasting Alleghany in the first half en route to a 61-27 win Friday.

    The Cavaliers (10-2 overall, 4-0 district) took a 22-7 lead after eight minutes and expanded their advantage to 34 points, 47-13, by halftime.

    Danielle Gallimore accounted for four of Carroll County’s six 3-pointers and led all scorers with 18 points. Mariah Carter contributed 14 points for the Cavaliers.

  • Indians shut down Blue Devil girls

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County girls continued to have trouble scoring last Friday night as the Rural Retreat Indians beat the Blue Devils 57-18 in a Mountain Empire District game.

    Grayson County was holding its own in the early going, even taking a 5-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Abbie Moore.

    The score was tied at 7-7 when the Blue Devils went stone cold from the floor.

    Rural Retreat (10-5, 3-3) scored the last seven points of the first period to take a 14-7 lead.

  • Grayson boys keep rolling

    INDEPENDENCE –– The Grayson County boys’ basketball team had a banner night last Friday, scoring 74 points and defeating a solid Rural Retreat team at home, 74-51, in a Mountain Empire District game.

    A large part of the Blue Devils’ offensive success came from Seth Phillips and Jake Hollingsworth, with the pair combining to score 33 of the team’s 74 points. Phillips logged a team-high 22 points along with 12 rebounds for a double-double, and Hollingsworth chipped in 11 points.

    In fact, all 11 Blue Devils scored.

  • Tide shoots past Cavaliers

    HILLSVILLE –– A third-quarter scoring spurt and a near-perfect finish down the stretch propelled Galax past Carroll County 61-52 in a nondistrict game Friday night.

    Neither team led by more than four points up through the early stages of the second half and the game featured four ties and four lead changes before the Maroon Tide (5-8) got the hot hand three minutes into the third quarter.