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  • Morgan sentenced on fraud, tax charges

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III, 44, of Hillsville will serve six months in prison after his conviction on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

    Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to willfully fail to pay taxes. Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Morgan was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay $284,796 in restitution.

  • Readers' Hotline 3/30/16

    Law for everybody
    I saw the other day where one of the guys running for city council got a parking ticket. I watched that man from the city put a parking ticket on it. If he runs for city council, looks like he would have to obey the laws, too. He knows what the laws are. I just want everybody to know that.

    Buford’s the best

  • Public record for 3/30/16 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:

  • Blue Devils top Mount Airy; Cavs pull away from Tide

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. –– Grayson County used a six-run rally and held off a late Mount Airy comeback attempt to knock off the Bears 8-5 in a nondistrict baseball game Thursday.

    Tied 1-1 after three innings, the Blue Devils (1-1) got three doubles in a string of four consecutive base hits in the fourth. Seth Phillips, Shawn Campbell and Micah Cornett each smacked an RBI double in a rally sustained by Christian Wilson’s single.

  • Cavaliers, twilight defeat Galax

    HILLSVILLE – Galax and Carroll County fought it out for more than three hours on the baseball field last Thursday but it was Mother Nature who actually decided the outcome of the game.

    With darkness setting in, Carroll County took a 7-6 lead after the fifth inning. Galax exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning.

    The Cavaliers loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a single and scored two runs on a double by Trace Davis to cut the lead to 11-9 with one out and two runners on base.

  • Tazewell outslugs Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County and Tazewell combined for 27 runs on 30 hits Thursday and the Blue Devils were on the verge of overcoming a five-run deficit for the second time before the Bulldogs held on for a 14-13 win in a Conference 39 softball melee.

  • Grayson school board passes $20M budget

    INDEPENDENCE — After weeks of tracking funds, restoring order and prioritizing the needs of the school system, the Grayson County School Board and school administration have agreed on a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

    The budget approved by the school board on March 21 totals approximately $19.9 million; and includes federal funds totaling $2.4 million, state funds totaling $11.1 million and local funding of $5.7 million.

  • Adult, minor charged with vandalism in Galax

    Staff Report

    Daniel Dean Meredith, 18, of Galax, has been charged with several misdemeanors in conjunction with vandalism, reports of which were received by Galax police on March 21.

    Charges are pending against a juvenile, as well.

    Meredith is charged with vandalism at Waddell Nursing Home, The Friends Church, Tropical Tanning Salon, 311 W. Webster Street and 205 W. Oldtown Street, according to a Galax Police Department report.

  • Carroll, Grayson schools on list of high achievers

    Staff Report

    The Virginia Board of Education is honoring 55 Title I schools and one school division for raising the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students.

    The list includes Oakland Elementary in Carroll County and Independence Elementary in Grayson County.

    The awards are based on student performance on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, according to a news release. Each school will receive a certificate celebrating its status and achievement.

  • Elk Creek woman indicted on drug charge

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — An Elk Creek woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on a drug charge.

    The grand jury met Jan. 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests were made.

    According to court records, Shawanna Moniek Phipps, 35, was indicted on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

    An indictment is a formal charge, and not a finding of guilt or innocence.