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  • Grayson builds up vocational program

    INDEPENDENCE — A few new initiatives have sparked in the Grayson County Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s building trades program, and with them ride the hopes of seeing an uptick in the program’s interest in upcoming years.

    In response to lower enrollment numbers in the building trades program last year, two new efforts were recently put into place. Overall, the class underwent a major transition last semester as staff considered the option of putting together larger commissionable building projects for Grayson County citizens.

  • Galax man faces drug, firearm charges

    Staff Report

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged with multiple violations by Sgt. Chris Hines.

    Bradley Lee Phillips, 39, of Galax, was observed operating a vehicle obstructing a street, according to a report from Police Chief Rick Clark.

    When Hines approached, Phillips exited the vehicle and became physically agitated, the report said. Phillips was found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine and marijuana.

  • BBB warns of tax scams

    Staff Report

    Scammers are taking advantage of tax season to fool people into downloading malware, according to the Better Business Bureau.

    “You receive an email from someone you don’t know personally, but it looks like an official company message,” the BBB said in a recent news release. The email may have a subject line similar to this: “Document Received (Scanned_1040_W2.pdf).”

  • Carroll, Galax athletes swim to Richmond

    The competitive swim teams at Galax and Carroll County are still in their relative infancy, but both are making great strides despite the struggles a new athletic program often experiences.

    In its second season as a team sport at Carroll County, the Cavalier program earned a region championship by an individual and will be represented at the state level for the first time, while Galax will have two swimmers with a combined three region titles among its state contingent.

  • Carroll girls keep rolling

    HILLSVILLE –– The Carroll County girls won their semifinal Three Rivers District game against Giles in spectacular fashion Monday night, dominating the Spartans 92-24 and advancing to the tournament finals Tuesday night against Floyd County.

    The Cavaliers (19-3) also broke the school record for 3-pointers, draining 14 to top the old record of 11.

    Carroll County coach Marc Motley said Laken Alley had 12 assists in the game, tying a school record.

  • Tide breezes into finals

    One of Bland County’s best hopes for knocking off Galax in the Mountain Empire District girls’ semifinals Monday was to get the Maroon Tide into foul trouble. Both sides had their issues with fouls, but Galax’s committing them was overcome by Bland’s inability to convert them.

  • Readers Hotline 2/14/18

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  • Public record for 2/14/18 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.

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    These sentences were recorded in October in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Arson dismissed, Rose guilty of other charges

    INDEPENDENCE — David Christopher Rose, charged in connection with the 2017 apartment fire at the former Ogle’s Deli in Independence, was found guilty of grand larceny, statutory burglary (in the nighttime) and violation of a protective order in Grayson County Circuit Court on Feb. 9; while other charges, including arson, were dismissed by the judge.

  • Carroll to go after unpaid tax revenue

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors will advertise a list of delinquent taxpayers and utilize DMV stops to collect an estimated $5 million in unpaid taxes and fees.

    The board continued its ongoing discussion of methods to generate revenue at a budget workshop meeting on Monday evening. Collecting delinquent taxes would help Carroll cover rising costs that were brought up in a budget report at the Feb. 12 meeting.