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  • Second Chance Dance

    HILLSVILLE –– Everyone deserves a second chance. For Albert Fulp, it only took something in the neighborhood of 70 years.

    Fulp, an 86-year-old R.J. Reynolds retiree from Winston-Salem, N.C., and Kathy Delp, a 56-year-old close friend from Galax, were among the 150 or so who were provided another opportunity to attend the formal dance that circumstance may have prevented them from enjoying as teenagers, as Galax-Carroll County Relay for Life held its inaugural Second Chance Prom recently at Carroll County High School.

  • Galax police recording citizen interactions

    Is more surveillance better or worse where the police are concerned?

    There is a popular trend of people recording video of officers, but what if it goes both ways?

    It’s a relevant question, as the Galax Police Department has recently acquired cameras that record video and audio of interactions with the public. The devices are worn by officers on duty.

  • Nautilus reports interest in Med-Fit plant

    INDEPENDENCE — An official with Nautilus Home Fitness Equipment last week confirmed there has been substantial interest from potential new owners of Med-Fit Systems’ Independence plant.

    After two rounds of layoffs affecting at least 94 workers, Med-Fit announced April 21 that the plant at 709 Powerhouse Road and its assets had been put up for sale.

    During a phone interview on June 20, Nautilus Chief Operating Officer Bill McMahon said there had been interest from several potential buyers.

  • Twins celebrate birthdays

    Sophie and Emma Bergeron celebrated their first birthday anniversary on May 17.

    They are the daughters of Boo and Penny Bergeron and the sisters of Dana and Landon. Their grandparents are Gary and Lisa Bergeron of Jackson, Miss., Lisa Rattlinggourd of Pearisburg, and Ronnie and Debbie Hoffman of Galax. Their great-grandparents are Vance and the late Helen Hoffman of Galax, Althea and the late Bert Bergeron of Clinton, Miss., and the late Carl and Anne Fisher of Pearisburg.

  • Dorsey, Dowdy to marry

    Michael and Treasea Dorsey announced the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Kay Dorsey, to Kesley Martin Dowdy, son of Ricky and Kimberly Dowdy.

    A July wedding is planned.

  • Liddle, Utt to be married

    Hope Gaynor, Timber Mundy and Taelyn Mundy announced the engagement of their mother, Tammy Liddle of Woodlawn, to John Utt of Fancy Gap.

  • Public record for 6/25/14 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 Jan. 28-Feb. 21, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Boy attacked by pit bull

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A 7-year-old Independence boy was injured June 17 when he was attacked by a pit bull.
    Grayson County Animal Control Officer Jeremy Moss said the boy was playing in his grandmother’s yard on Big Oak Drive when the dog broke free from inside a nearby residence and attacked the boy.
    Moss said the dog’s owner, Gwendolyn Hash of Independence, pulled her dog off the boy.

  • Independence man arrested on drug charges

    An Independence man was arrested for possession of a Schedule II drug on June 20, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.
    Officer Jacob Vaughan stopped Brian Patrick Graff, 29, for a traffic infraction. Vaughan’s observations caused him to conduct further investigation, which resulted in the discovery of Dilaudid, a Schedule II narcotic, and drug paraphernalia.
    Graff was released on bond pending his appearance in Galax General District Court.

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