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Today's News

  • Galax man indicted for burglary, larceny

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man has been indicted on two charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury, according to court records unsealed after nearly a year.

    According to court records, Bobby Lee Hawks, 29, was indicted on charges of statutory burglary of property owned by Aaron Phillips and grand larceny. The grand jury met July 24, 2015 and returned the indictments, which were sealed until now.

  • Shelter warns of disease outbreak in cats

    Staff Report

    ROANOKE — A regional animal rescue shelter that serves Southwest Virginia — including the Twin Counties — has closed temporarily after nearly 40 cats tested positive for an infectious and sometimes fatal disease.

    According to a news release, on June 15, Angels of Assisi in Roanoke transferred in 38 cats and kittens from area shelters, many of them rural.

  • Readers Hotline 6/29/16

    Shut it down
    I live in the Laurel area of Carroll County. Why do we not have one of the three paid ambulances with a paramedic on duty out in Laurel?  Please Carroll County, close Laurel [volunteer rescue squad] down like you did Dugspur and Hillsville and put a paid paramedic truck in our area.

    Boondoggles

  • Turns 100

    Opal Virginia McPeak Goad of Woodlawn celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2, 2016, with her family at a birthday lunch and then at a family dinner at her home on June 4.

    She is the wife of the late Ernest Goad. She has three children: Janice Vass, Joyce Cagle and Elmon Goad. She has five grandchildren: Aaron Vass, Stephen and Joel Cagle, Vanessa Bottomley and Gerald Goad; six great-grandchildren: Arianna Slate, Alyssa Vass, Owen and Emmett Cagle and Logan and Seth Bottomley; and one great-great-grandson, Samuel Slate.

  • She's three

    Ember Gillespie, daughter of Brock and Terri Gillespie, celebrated her third birthday on May 5.

    Her siblings are Brooklyn and Jackson Gillespie. Grandparents are Larry and Kathy Funk and Mark and Darlene Gillespie. She celebrated with a Play Doh party with all of her friends and family.

  • Twins turn three

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron turned 3 on May 17. They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon.

    They celebrated with a Frozen party at their home. They are the granddaughters of Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Mississippi, Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. They are the great-grand-daughters of Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Mississippi, Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • Public record for 6/29/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October of 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • DeHaven to lead Carroll baseball

    HILLSVILLE –– Kevin DeHaven has always worn No. 12 on the baseball field. Tuesday night, he became No. 4.

    DeHaven’s recommendation to be named the next head baseball coach at Carroll County High School was approved Tuesday during the county’s school board meeting. DeHaven, 41, is just the Cavaliers’ fourth head coach as the school looks to its 48th season next spring. He takes over for Joe Tompkins, who stepped down after 18 years at the helm.

  • Chambers wins Roanoke C.C. match play title

     

    By LARRY CHAMBERS

    Staff

     

    ROANOKE –– Brad Chambers of Galax birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Matt Harmon and win the featured Amateur Division crown of the 71st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship held at Roanoke Country Club June 17-19.

  • Tompkins takes a look back

    HILLSVILLE –– Anyone who knows Joe Tompkins knows that the man just doesn’t get in a hurry. After all, it’s taken him more than 50 years to walk away from a ballfield.

    A player through youth leagues, middle school, high school and at Pfeiffer College, then a coach in the Carroll County system since 1980, Tompkins has spent just about every spring of his life on a baseball diamond. His 19-year run as the Cavaliers’ head baseball coach came to an end this spring.