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  • Public record for 10/19/11 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.


    These marriage licenses were recorded July 2-Aug. 18 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:
    Matthew Ryan Shaffer, 21, Independence, and Kayla Marie Blevins, 20, Mouth of Wilson.

  • Event will benefit Hope House

    A benefit spaghetti dinner and auction for the Hope House homeless shelter in Galax will be held Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Galax Elks Lodge.

    All proceeds will benefit the shelter.

  • Police car struck during pursuit

    Sean Dillian Tyler Hanks of Dugspur was arrested after a pursuit in Galax on Oct. 16.
    Hanks was arrested after Sgt. Shawny Jones attempted to stop him on Country Club Lane for expired registration, according to a Galax Police Department report.
    When Jones activated the lights on his patrol vehicle, Hanks fled west on Poplar Knob Road.
    He was stopped after he struck a vehicle operated by Officer Andrew Burnett at the intersection of Meadow Street and East Stuart Drive, police said.

  • Former CEO faces charges in Grayson and N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A Crumpler, N.C., man charged with embezzlement in Ashe County, N.C., and Grayson County, had his trial continued in Ashe County Superior Court on Oct. 3.
    Joe Weddington, 63 — the former CEO of the now-closed Independence Homes LLC — was charged in February with six counts of embezzlement in Ashe County.
    Weddington also was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

  • School board makes more reductions to Phase III


  • Grayson schools accredited


    INDEPENDENCE — Steve Cornett, director of instruction and assessment for the Grayson County School System, gave the school board some welcome news at its Oct. 10 meeting.
    Cornett said all schools in the system are fully accredited and met all Standards of Learning (SOL) standards for the 2011-12 school year, as set by the Virginia Department of Education.
    It was the second consecutive year for the accreditation, which was based on data from the 2010-11 school year.

  • United Way focuses on lasting impact in community


  • Galax Lowe's not on closing list

    The Lowe's home improvement store in Galax is not among stores the company plans to close.
    Lowe's, based in Mooresville, N.C., said in a press release that it will close 20 underperforming stores in 15 states and cut 1,950 jobs.
    According to the company, the move will allow Lowe's to focus on more profitable locations.
    Before the closures Lowe's operated 1,725 stores.
    Lowe's said the moves will cost it 17 cents to 20 cents per share in 2011.


    UPDATED 10/20/11:

    The Gazette accepted letters to the editor concerning the Nov. 8 election until noon on Oct. 20, for publication in the Oct. 24 newspaper.

    No more campaign-related letters will be accepted.

    Rebuttal letters ONLY will be accepted until noon on Oct. 27, for publication in the Oct. 31 newspaper. Rebuttals may only address factual errors in previously published letters that appeared in The Gazette. A difference of opinion with a letter writer is not appropriate for a rebuttal.

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