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  • Carroll fair begins Aug. 20

    HILLSVILLE – The annual Carroll County Agricultural Fair gets underway Aug. 20 and continues through Aug. 24 on the grounds of the Southwest Virginia Farmer’s Market in Hillsville.  
    Registration for exhibits will be Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with judging to follow.
    The fair will provide a variety of events for the entire family.
    Brinkley Entertainment from Walnut Cove, N.C., will provide carnival rides and shows during the fair.

  • Galax sets hearing on proposed school site

    The Galax School Board on Aug. 12 voted to approve entering into a contract to purchase property on Kipling Lane, the proposed site for building a new elementary school.

    The board has spent several months planning the project and discussing the property purchase with Galax City Council and the city’s planning commission.

  • Carroll PSA hears concerns, updates on utility projects

    HILLSVILLE — A Commonwealth Road resident brought concerns about fire protection and insurance to the Carroll County Public Service Authority’s Aug. 11 meeting.

    The PSA also received updates on various utility projects and heard a complaint about how it handled a news release about winning an appeal in a dispute over federal funding used for a water project.

    J.D. Smith explained that he had been a Carroll County resident since 2002, living on Commonwealth Road in the Woodlawn area.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/20/2014

    Fries concerns
    I’m a concerned citizen of Fries. I’ve got some kids that play football over here. Last year they took up over $1,000 on a car wash to buy new equipment and I just wonder why none of the equipment showed up. Also, at the town meeting, you got to either be a member on the board to speak or you are not allowed to speak. I would like to know why.

    Refusing expansion

  • She's six

    Samantha Autumn Rose celebrated her sixth birthday June 24. Her parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. Her sisters are Cheyenne and Trinity and her brother is Ryder Rose of Fries.

    Her grandparents are Jimmy and Edna Hines of Fries and the late Connie Dowling of Fries. Her great-grandparents are Robert and the late Ressie Dowling of Fries and the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Rose and Arlene Osborne of Independence.

  • Adams, Thomason wed

    Jessica Adams and Joshua Thomason were united in marriage May 9 in a beautiful private ceremony on the beach in Ocean Isle, N.C., with family attending.

    Jessica is the daughter of Rodger and Karen Adams and sister of Allison Adams. Josh is the son of Bobby and Brenda Thomason.
    Jessica’s maternal grandparents were the late James and Ann Cruise of Galax. Her paternal grandparents are Annie Adams and the late Raymond Adams of the Beckley area of West Virginia.

  • Mays, Shaffner marry

    Holly Nicole Mays and Geoffrey Scott Shaffner were married June 28, 2014, at a 4 p.m. ceremony along the scenic New River.
    The ceremony was performed by Pastor Myron Dalton. A reception was held at Cliffview Church fellowship hall.

    The bride is the daughter of Mike and Dana Woodel and Larry and Darla Mays, all of Galax.
    The groom is the son of Steve and Janie Shaffner of Fries.
    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Larry Mays.

  • Public record for 8/20/14 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 March in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 8/18/14

    Back to basics?

  • Williams' death opens up dialogue about depression

    The world lost an extraordinary talent on Aug. 11, a comic genius whose wit, insight and ability to connect transcended generations and genres both high and low, serious and comic.

    Robin Williams taught us much about ourselves and our culture: As Mork, a goofy alien sent from the planet Ork to learn about human behavior; as an irreverent deejay questioning the Vietnam War; and as a divorced father who disguised himself as an elderly housekeeper so he could see his kids.

    His death may carry still another lesson, one about the devastating costs of mental illness.