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  • Public record for 6/11/14 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 6/11/14

    Market fan
    Thanks to the Independence Farmers’ Market. Thanks to Michelle and the people that started the Farmers’ Market. Thanks to those that are participating in it. It’s a great market.

    Firing away
    I was just wondering, I thought it was against the law in the Prospect and Fox Run areas of Galax to shoot a high-powered rifle around 3 in the afternoon. Let me know if it is against the law. If it is not, I may get me a gun.

    Do nothing

  • Council approves rezoning for Sheetz

    It appears that, after much anticipation, Galax will get a Sheetz.
    At Monday night’s Galax City Council meeting, council voted to allow the rezoning of a portion of 1084 E. Stuart Drive from Mobile Home Park (RMH) to General Business (B-2) so that Sheetz Inc. can move forward in building a convenience store at the location.
    All voted yes, except Dr. Robert Lazo, who was not present for the meeting.

  • GHS Graduation 2014

    The Galax High School graduating class of 2014 had a gracious sendoff, with (mostly) obliging weather and a keynote speaker who not only passed through the same halls when she was their age, but also gave some unusual advice.

  • Supervisors split on Woodlawn transfer to IDA

    HILLSVILLE - The Carroll County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to approve the transfer of Woodlawn School to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) at the board’s June 9 meeting.
    Preceding the board’s vote was a public hearing. While no citizens came forward to speak, board members were vocal about both their support and opposition of the plan.
     “I really should have brought this up last month, but I have concerns about [the school] going to the IDA,” said Laurel Fork Supervisor Joshua Hendrick.

  • Grayson reworks debt plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County narrowly missed its window to pay off some long-standing loans in a debt reduction plan, but there could still be some silver lining to the situation, according to County Administrator Jonathan Sweet.
    “Good deeds don’t go unpunished, and unfortunately the debt reduction plan may be one of those deeds,” Sweet told the Grayson County Board of Supervisors during its final budget work session on June 4. “The plan was great, but the timeliness was off by about a month.”

  • Leaf & String features music, books and art

    The annual Galax Leaf & String Festival in downtown Galax highlights the best our region has to offer, from music and literature to dance, art and crafts.
    This year’s festival is June 13-14. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Riverside wreck victim airlifted

    UPDATED: The Galax-Grayson EMS, Virginia State Police, Galax Fire Department and Grayson Sheriff's Office all responded to a one-vehicle accident on Riverside Drive in Grayson County at around 2:45 p.m. Monday.

    The vehicle's male driver was the sole victim involved, according to Virginia State Trooper Jessie Tilson.

  • Readers' Hotline 6/9/14

    Hot dog
    This is for the woman who reached in my car on Memorial Day, unlocked it, took my dog and called the police. I was only in the store 10 minutes, if that long. You were a liar when you told the officer I was in there for over 45 minutes. If he had been any kind of an officer, he would have charged you with stealing. Too bad the dog didn’t bite one of your fingers off. Maybe that would have taught you a lesson not to steal or go into other people’s vehicles.

    Gone with the wind

  • Carroll plans for worst case scenario

    The clock is ticking… and yet the Commonwealth still hasn’t passed a state budget. Localities have moved past being antsy about the situation at this point, and with less than a month to go before the state passes their deadline, local governments are scrambling to come up with a plan B.
    David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll County supervisors, called a special meeting on June 2 so that the board and other county officials could discuss implications of moving into the summer months with no state budget.