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  • Public record for 2/11/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Placido Hernandez Bido of Wytheville, guilty of hunt/trap/fish without a license; pay $125 fine and $121 costs.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from rescue squad

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for allegedly embezzling funds from the Baywood Search and Rescue Squad.

    Nancy Lane Christman, 51, was one of those named in several sealed indictments handed down by the grand jury that met Jan. 22. The indictments were recently unsealed after the suspects were charged.

  • Allen achieves dream as new head of Joy Ranch

    WOODLAWN — Joy Ranch Christian Home for Children welcomed Brian Allen to the staff as the facility’s new director on Monday.

    This new addition has concluded a lengthy search for a director for the children’s home and ministry in Carroll County. Allen will fill the position left by Tim Lewis, and filled temporarily by Mary Hutchins.

  • Five vehicles involved in two wrecks

    Two separate motor vehicle accidents occurred Sunday evening at almost the same time; both happened on U.S. 58 at 58 Grocery and Deli, according to Virginia State Trooper D.A. Phipps, who investigated both incidents.

  • Senate OKs bill to freeze electricity rate, halt reviews

    RICHMOND — The Senate voted Friday for a five-year timeout on state reviews of a majority of electric utilities’ profits, while freezing base electric rates for the same time period.

    SB1349, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), passed 32-6. It now goes to the House of Delegates for review and a vote.

  • American Mirror cited for worker's death

    American Mirror in Galax has received a Virginia Occupational Safety & Health Administration citation regarding the 2014 death of a maintenance worker, according to the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, which is still conducting an investigation.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, of Hillsville, died on July 23, 2014, at the company’s plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, when he became trapped in a piece of equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

  • Vamoose, vultures: fireworks, dead birds used to disperse ‘infestation’

    Some of Galax’s most unwanted visitors for the past couple of years has been a large flock of vultures — as many as 100 — that roosts in trees near Twin County Regional Hospital and on the roof of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture’s Shaw Street warehouse building.

    The black-winged birds have been circling overhead for weeks, but their creepiness isn’t what prompted city officials to seek a way to disperse the flock — they’re causing damage to the furniture plant’s roof.

  • West Galax Business park open for tenants

    West Galax Business Park isn’t a name that’s familiar to a lot of Twin Counties entrepreneurs – yet.

    Joseph Andrews, 38, the property’s landlord along with his father, Bobby Andrews, 63, is working to change all that.

  • Readers Hotline 2/9/15

    Hold your tears

  • REMEMBER WHEN: February 1-7

     2010

    Carroll County remained unbeaten in Southwest District play and used a 14-1 run over the final four minutes to win 47-37 at Grundy. Kayla Goins poured in 25 points to go with 14 rebounds.

    Galax rallied from five points down by scoring the final 11 points of the game in a 71-65 win over Narrows. The win avenged a 24-point defeat to the Green Wave three weeks earlier. Justin Hash, Deion George and Devae Goins all scored between 18 and 20 points for Galax.