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  • Core will add new product lines

    INDEPENDENCE — After Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Core Health & Fitness LLC will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Independence and employ 250 workers, two of the company’s executives spoke to The Gazette in more detail about Core Health’s plans.

    “We’ll be starting out with the same lines [and] with the same products that we made prior to the sale,” said Jon Little, vice president of operations.

    The plant makes Nautilus fitness equipment.

  • Witness' memories questioned in murder case

    HILLSVILLE — A witness’ testimony in the murder trial against Matthew Steven Jones was heard on Monday as part of an evidence suppression hearing at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared. She was found dead beside a road in Grayson County about a month later.

  • Woman wins $1 million in state lottery

    After selling a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket, Cockerham’s Foodmart in Galax received $10,000 from the Virginia Lottery.

    “I was here when the winner came in and scratched it off,” said store manager Travis Felts. He described the winner as a regular at the Foodmart. “A lot of people talk about it. It’s helped all around – sales, gas, everything.”

  • Copeland named Citizen of the Month for July

    HILLSVILLE — Bill “Doc” Copeland was chosen as July’s Citizen of the Month by Laurel Fork Council Member Greg Yonce at Hillsville Town Council’s July 14 meeting.

    “I find it very fitting that Bill Copeland receive the Citizen of the Month for July, as this is the month that Bill is retiring,” said Yonce as he presented the award to Copeland that evening.

    The Danville, along with his wife and three daughters, moved 90 miles west over the mountains to Hillsville.

  • Worker dies in American Mirror accident

    UPDATED 7/27/14:

    The death of a Carroll County man in an industrial accident is being investigated by the Galax Police Department and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

    Benjamin Lee Hancock, 37, a maintenance worker at the American Mirror plant on East Stuart Drive in Galax, died July 23 when he became trapped in a piece of the factory’s equipment and suffocated, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Fire and rescue personnel extricated Hancock from the machine, but could not revive him.

  • Core bringing 250 jobs to Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today, Wednesday, that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County.

    A news release announcing the deal said that Virginia successfully competed against California and China for the project, which will create 250 new jobs.

    At its height of production, Med-Fit employed around 100 people at the plant.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/30/14

    Securing the border
    President Obama doesn’t even know how to protect our borders. The governor out of Texas is doing the right thing by sending the National Guard. Obama is working against the American people. At least Gov. Perry is trying to do something about the border when our president is doing nothing about anything.

    WWJD

  • Public record for 7/30/14 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/28/14

    Have no clue

  • An achievable American dream

    James Truslow Adams is a noted historian, perhaps best known for coining the term “American Dream” in his 1931 book “The Epic of America.” He defined it partly as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”