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Today's News

  • Man charged for indecent liberties with minor

    A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged March 29 with indecent liberties with a child under 15 years of age, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    A warrant was issued for Eddie Dale Privett of Galax on March 26, and police used social media to circulate a photo of him online.

    On Sunday, police said Privett approached a residence in Carroll County and stated he had been living outside for days, was homeless and seeking food.

  • Former guard pleads guilty, avoids jail

    ROANOKE — A 39-year-old Hillsville man will spend three years on probation for a crime involving drug distribution and firearms.

    Victor Lee Billings will face three years on probation and a special assessment of $100, after being convicted of illegal possession of a firearm while illegally using a controlled substance, According to Brian P. McGinn, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District in Roanoke.

  • Church to debut play in new sanctuary

    HILLSVILLE — The Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church in Hillsville will present an Easter play, “The Last Days of Christ” this weekend at its new sanctuary on 203 Virginia Street.

  • Motion denied in Jones case

    UPDATED 4/2/15:

    INDEPENDENCE — A motion to set aside a verdict finding Matthew Steven Jones guilty in the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, was denied Tuesday, after new evidence failed to convince the judge that the trial would have had a different outcome.

  • Turns 95

    Geneva Hanks Richardson of Woodlawn celebrated her 95th birthday with a dinner given by her family at Forest Oak Christian Church.

    Her children are: Harlin Richardson, Clyda Rosenbaum, Margaret Liddle and Karen Goad. She has eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is the widow of George H. Richardson Sr.

  • Nelson, Childress to marry

    Gregory and Rebecca Nelson of Baywood announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nelson, of Kingsport, Tenn., to Allen Childress of Shawsville, son of Marty and Sue Childress of Shawsville.

    The bride-to-be was graduated from Grayson County High School in 2007, from Emory & Henry College in 2011, and from Virginia Tech in 2013. She is a statistician at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.

  • Pubilc record for 04/01/15 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August of 2014 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Special health insurance enrollment now open

    Commonwealth Covered, a project sponsored through Enroll Virginia, is offering free assistance to individuals who are interested in signing up for healthcare during a special enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    “Between March 15 and April 30, there is an open window for individuals who paid a penalty this year, to sign up for coverage for 2015,” said Tahsin Anwar, a volunteer through Commonwealth Covered.

  • More students bring more money to Galax schools

    While school systems in neighboring counties are dealing with lost funds due to drops in student population, Galax is seeing the opposite.

    The Galax School Board last month asked the city to amend the 2015 fiscal year education budget to show an increase of $237,140 in state and federal funding.

    Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill told Galax City Council members at their March 9 meeting that the division received more money than it budgeted for, due to having more students than anticipated.

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