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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/23/14

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  • Jackson to remain as consultant

    HILLSVILLE - Former town manager Travis Jackson began his new part-time position with the town as a temporary special consultant on May 16.

  • Growing the Economy: Officials call SWVA Farmers Market a model facility

    By SHANNON WATKINS AND SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    Southwest Virginia Farmer's Market is a success story that has become a model for other markets, as it generates between $20 and $30 million in revenues each year, and has successfully partnered with local grocers such as Food City.
    Federal officials paid a visit to the Hillsville market and other local farmer's markets in the Twin Counties on June 17 to discuss the opportunities that local food systems have in creating jobs, improving community health and boosting economic growth.