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Today's News

  • Marijuana decriminalization hangs over governor's race

    Landmark News Service

    Candice Rader is a 66-year-old retiree who grew up in a conservative home, voted for Donald Trump and watched her father suffer as a terminal cancer patient in the late 1970s before he died at age 53.

    Even though a friend offered her father marijuana to help alleviate his nausea, Rader said, he refused it because he didn’t believe it was ethical to take an illegal substance.

    “To me, that was a very sad thing,” she said. “I don’t want to ever see that happen again.”

  • GES project could require tax increase

    Galax could refinance debt and raise the tax levy to pay for a proposed $17 million expansion of the elementary school.

    At a Feb. 13 joint meeting with Galax City Council and the Galax City School Board, accounting firm Davenport & Company gave a presentation on how the funding for the Galax Elementary School renovation and upgrade might be achieved.

  • Grand jury indicts man for running driver off road

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A man who allegedly chased another driver off the road and caused him to crash through a house in Galax was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Jan. 27.

    Four sealed indictments against Travis Dale Coulson, 38, of Galax were recently opened, in connection with a chase that occurred Jan. 3 in the county and city. The charges were sealed until Coulson could be served with warrants.

  • Cana man charged with two car thefts

    Staff Reports

    A Cana man is in custody after police say he stole two cars last week and eluded police after he was spotted driving the second vehicle.

    On Feb. 12 at approximately 7:10 p.m., deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the new Dollar General Store in Laurel Fork on U.S. 58 to take a stolen vehicle report, according to Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

  • State legislators designate Suicide Prevention Week

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Joshua Alburger grew up in a large, supportive family in Goochland, says his sister, Marcie Allen. “We were nurtured, loved, respected and made to feel safe.”

    Their parents had five children of their own while raising an additional five, Allen said. She said that later in life, Alburger developed a mental illness and struggled with suicidal thoughts. In 2013, at age 32, he died by suicide, leaving behind a wife of 10 years and three children.

  • Cavs fall in region semis

    By Jason S. Rufner, Special to The Gazette

     

    LEESBURG –– With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Region 4A West girls’ basketball semifinal Thursday, Carroll County trailed Loudoun County by a mere four points. It was a quick pair of Keely Lundy 3-pointers that put the Cavaliers (21-3) within late striking distance of the homestanding Raiders (24-2), whom Carroll had defeated 59-54 in Hillsville in the same round of last year’s region tourney.

  • Readers Hotline 2/22/17

    Prayers won’t work

  • Public record for 2/22/17 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Hot when it matters

    HILLSVILLE –– There are more ways than one to skin a cat. Fortunately for Carroll County, there were more ways than one to slay a Wolverine.

    Having outshot opponent after opponent this year, the Cavaliers fell uncharacteristically cold from the floor but overcame it by sinking 32 free throws and using a late 12-2 run to survive Woodgrove 69-61 Monday in the Region 4A West girls’ quarterfinals.

  • By any means necessary

    SALEM –– In simplest terms, Will Lawrence is a brute and Joshua Spurlin is a technician when they step on a wrestling mat. Both of them are now two-time state champions.

    Hey, whatever works, right?

    Rest assured that Spurlin isn’t averse to being physical, and Lawrence is well-versed in the finer aspects of the sport. But each rode his own strengths to state titles Saturday at the Salem Civic Center.