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  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County voters will soon have a new system of voting – paper ballots.
    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.
    Carroll County Registrar Kim Cloud said the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.

  • Jones facing drug charges after search

    A Galax man was arrested April 8 on an outstanding warrant concerning multiple drug charges.
    Dustin Jason Jones, 34, was arrested by Galax Police Officer Darren Alley at a business on E. Stuart Drive.
    Alley recognized jones as he exited a vehicle, and knew that a warrant was outstanding for Jones’ arrest, according to Police Chief Rick Clark.
    A search after his arrest turned up illegal narcotics, for which Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule IV substance, Clark said.

  • Galax man charged with growing pot

    Ricky David Combs, 18, of Galax, was arrested April 13 and charged with manufacturing marijuana.
    Combs was charged after Galax police received a tip to visit his residence. After arriving at the residence, police discovered marijuana being grown and cultivated in a bedroom, according to a report from the police department.
    The arrest was made by officers Chris Hines and Darren Alley, the report said.
    Combs is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

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  • Melando, Halsey to marry

    Brandan Halsey and Rachel Melando, along with their parents, announce their engagement.
    Halsey is the son of Lois and Bill Patterson of Wytheville, and Emerson and Sharon Halsey of Independence.

    Melando is the daughter of Rick and Margaret Melando of Charlotte, N.C.
    A July 12 wedding is planned in Richmond.

  • Public record for 4/16/14 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Town recaps 2013 accomplishments

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Manager Jerry Hughes recently recapped town activities and accomplishments in 2013.
    The main focus for the year was on improvements to the town’s water lines and the recent installation of new water meters. The town’s public works department reported that the new meters have also had their share of problems, with about 20 of the 350 new meters being frozen and destroyed by the sub-zero temperatures during the winter.

  • Strong start lifts Highlanders over Devils

    SALEM –– Glenvar did all of its scoring in the bottom of the first inning and it was barely enough to edge Grayson County 3-2 Monday afternoon in a rematch of last year’s Region C Division 2 title game.

    The Highlanders (5-2) took a 3-0 lead on the strength of Tyler DeHart’s two-run single, then turned the lead over to Zach Duncan, who held the Blue Devils scoreless until the sixth.

  • Tide fades, Devils pass Glenvar

    Galax got off to a hot start but squandered its advantage with some shaky defense and dropped a 19-6 decision to Chilhowie in a soggy nondistrict game Monday at Mountain View Park.

    Kylee Hill scored from first on a hit-and-run double off the bat of Brittany Byrd for a 1-0 Galax lead in the first, and the Maroon Tide widened its lead to 3-0 in the second when Abby Dalton singled to drive in Morgan Neff and later scored on an error.

    Chilhowie drew even in the top of the third on a combination of three Galax errors and a two-run home run by Jensen Sturgill.

  • Maroon Tide boys knock off G-Men, Buffaloes

    The Galax boys’ soccer team remained undefeated for the year after a pair of late-week victories, edging Graham 2-1 on Thursday and taking a 2-0 nonconference decision Friday from Floyd County, with both games played at Galax High School.

    The Maroon Tide (7-0-1) trailed early after a beautiful play by Graham in the seventh minute. A Sam Stowers corner kick from the left sailed well past the goal but Will Olive headed the ball back and just inside the left post for a 1-0 G-Men lead.