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  • Pair arrested for drugs at Carroll football game

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – Two men were arrested on charges of public intoxication at an area football game, which later led to drug charges.

    According to a report by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, two men were arrested for public intoxication at the Carroll County vs. Pulaski County football game on Oct. 23.

    Upon arrest, deputies discovered that Brandon Tyler Whitaker, 22, of Dublin and Garrison Michael Thomas, 21, of Pulaski were in possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia the report said.

  • Three charged in sexual assault of juvenile

    Staff Report

    Three men were arrested on Oct. 23 and charged in connection with the sexual assault of a juvenile.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, Detective J.B. Greer charged the men for alleged violations that occurred Oct. 10. The three co-defendants are Anthony Curtis Caudell, 30; David Scott Gearheart, 31; and Brian Omar Braxton, 29.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns on Delhart Road

    A one-vehicle accident Monday at 2 p.m. in the 2200 block of Delhart Road in Baywood left no injuries, but substantial damage, according to Virginia State Trooper C.W. Keesling.

  • She's three

    Haleigh Grace Smith celebrated her third birthday Aug. 26 with a family birthday party at her grandparents’ house. She is the daughter of Cory and Elena Smith of Austinville.

    Her paternal grandparents are Charles and Sue Smith of Fries. Her maternal grandparents are Doug and Glenda Forester of Galax and the late James “Jimmy” Brewer Sr. of Fries.

  • Turns four

    Kaitlyn Grace Clontz celebrated her fourth birthday Sept. 4 with a Frozen party at her home with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Danielle Clontz of Fries and Allen Keene of Roanoke. Her grandparents are Tim and Rebecca Clontz of Fries and Jerry and Barbara Keene of Tazewell.

  • Public record for 11/4/15 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson revises school budget to add funds

    INDEPENDENCE — At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Grayson County School Board approved a revised school budget, adding $689,123.09.

    Interim Schools Superintendent Larry Massie noted that the additions were made thanks to grants, carryover funds and the recent allocation of $149,394 from the county.

    “I think we finally have a budget that will work this year. We have worked with both sides and it thrills my heart to know the cooperation and care that each of these boards has given this budget,” said At-Large School Board Member Larry Bartlett.


    Results of the Nov. 3, 2015, general election in Carroll and Grayson Counties and the City of Galax. Information provided by the Virginia State Board of Elections.


    Senate 19th District

    (part of Carroll County)

       • Michael L. Hamlar (D) — 16,132 — 31%

       • David R. Suetterlein (R) — 33,174 — 64%

       • Steven L. Nelson (I) — 2,280 — 4%

  • Galax hammers Bland County

    BASTIAN –– Galax scored four touchdowns before it ran its sixth offensive play Friday night and continued its onslaught on opposing defenses with a 69-6 Mountain Empire District win over Bland County.

    The Maroon Tide climbed above the .500 mark for the first time and will enter its regular season finale at Grayson County with a 5-4 mark. After a 5-0 start to the year, Bland County dropped its third loss in the past four weeks to fall to 6-3.

  • Blue Demons roll over Cavs

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County fell behind on the first play of the game last Friday night as Christiansburg rolled over the Cavaliers 44-7 in a River Ridge game played at Tommy Thompson Field.

    C.J. Napper gave the Blue Demons the early lead when he plowed through the Cavalier defense on a 61-yard touchdown run with just 14 seconds having ticked off the clock. Neal Rahmes kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Demon lead.