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  • Public record for 1/21/15 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.
    These sentences were recorded in July in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Jose Angel Dominguez of Mercedes, Texas, guilty of possession of marijuana; sentenced to six months in jail; pay $100 fine and $196 costs.

  • Readers Hotline 1/21/15

    Overhang
    Who is in charge of overhanging trees and overhanging limbs over our power lines and stuff? Doesn’t somebody have a contract for that in this area? Thank you for what your paper does.

    Where’s the pride?

  • Galax woman sentenced for fraud

    ABINGDON — Tamara Parnell, 36, of Galax, recently was sentenced to four months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $34,899 in restitution after pleading guilty to Social Security fraud.

    The sentencing was handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon. After waiving her right to be indicted, Parnell had pleaded guilty in May 2014 to two counts of knowingly and willfully converting to her own use Social Security payments to another person for whom she was the representative payee.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug charges

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    SPARTA, N.C. – A near crash involving an Alleghany County, N.C., deputy sheriff has led to drug charges against a Galax woman and a Hillsville man.

    Alleghany County Sheriff Bryan Maines said that, in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Deputy C.R. Williams was on routine patrol on U.S. 21 south when a car crossed over the center line into his lane. Williams swerved to miss the oncoming car.

  • New officer would reach out to at-risk youth

    “Youth at risk” is a phrase that’s familiar to parents, teachers and anyone who works with students and young people in general.

    It can mean they’re at risk for anything from drugs and alcohol to not getting critical life skills to unemployment after graduation to general delinquency.

  • More cuts likely for Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE – Teachers in Grayson County won’t take home any additional pay next year and may be missing a few of their co-workers when the new school year begins, after what looks to be another tight budget for administrators.

    Grayson Superintendent Kevin Chalfant presented a first draft of his budget priorities for the 2015-16 school year during the school board’s regular meeting this month, and things don’t appear to be getting any better for a division struggling to make up a large deficit in this year’s budget.

  • Scammer posing as AEP threatens late fees, disconnects

    Local authorities are warning citizens about a potential phone scam in the area, following several reports of a scammer claiming to work for Appalachian Power Company (APCo) or American Electric Power (AEP) and demanding immediate payments from customers over the phone.

  • Single-car wreck on Glendale

    A single-car wreck on Glendale Road on Tuesday afternoon left the vehicle resting against a tree around 2:13 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 across from Monta Vista Cemetery.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, A 2004 Ford Focus, operated by Brook Williams, 23, of Galax, was traveling west on Glendale Road. The vehicle left the left side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, said Cox.

    Williams, along with a passenger, Gary Williams, 22 , were both transported to Twin County Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Cox said.

  • Two-car accident on Glendale damages cars, no people

    A two-automobile wreck on Glendale Road on Galax left no apparent injuries but some damage to both vehicles at about 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20.

    According to Galax Police Captain James Cox, a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van, driven by Barbara Knowles, 72, of Meadows of Dan, was entering Glendale Road from Valley Street, when she pulled into the path of a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500, operated by Charles Delp, 54, of Galax.

  • Fire damages Galax garage

    A garage owned by Thelma Russell on Longview Lane in the Baywood area, caught fire around noon on Jan. 15.

    Family members were home, but not in the garage, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The small, detached masonry outbuilding had a woodstove inside and was in use as a two-car garage. The roof collapsed at the Galax Fire Department’s arrival, said Hankley.

    He said the woodstove is suspected as the cause.