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  • Galax school security grant pays for cameras

    Galax City Schools is receiving a grant from the Virginia Department of Education of up to $100,000, with a 25 percent funding match, according to Coordinator of Support Services Jeff Sharpe, who applied for the grant.

    He is being assisted throughout the process by the school system’s Technology Coordinator Matthew Cornett.

    The grant will be used to buy digital security cameras to replace the existing ones at Galax middle and high schools, with more cameras overall and more of them placed outside, said Sharpe.

  • Charges include abduction, child neglect, burglary

    Staff Reports

    According to a report issued by the Galax Police Department, arrests last week included child neglect, drug offenses, burglary and abduction.

    Mickey Omar Moxley, 56, of Galax, was arrested on Oct. 20 by Officer Jeremiah Foutch and charged with felony burglary at night and felony abduction by force to deprive another person of liberty.

  • Agribusiness tour highlights Grayson's farming industry

    The county’s fourth Grayson Agribusiness Showcase highlighted the Providence District’s farms and natural resource-based businesses this month.

    Sponsored by the Grayson County Farm Bureau and Grayson National Bank, the tour ― which completed a series of district tours held in previous years ― was designed “to showcase the diversity and innovation of success of the agriculture and natural resource industries in the area,” according to Kevin Spurlin, agriculture and natural resources agent for Grayson County.

  • DeHaven celebrates 105th birthday

    HILLSVILLE – A Hillsville resident celebrated a milestone birthday with a surprise party thrown by staff at Commonwealth Assisted Living on Sept. 30.
    In a room decked out with 105 brightly colored balloons, Louise DeHaven was brought to a surprise party to celebrate her 105th birthday. DeHaven has been a resident at Commonwealth since 2007 and staff, residents, family and friends gathered to show her just how special this birthday was.
    Her birthday was on Oct. 1.

  • Public record for 10/19/16 edition

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2015 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Alan Joseph Cesnavisius of Sparta, N.C., guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $121 costs.
    Heather Lynn Hamm of Sparta, N.C., guilty of obstruction of justice without force; sentenced to 30 days in jail, suspended; unsupervised probation for 12 months; pay $216 costs.

  • Public record for 10/26/16 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 7-31 in the office of Gerald R. Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • B.J. Carroll inducted into VHSL Hall of Fame

    Of all the stages B.J. Carroll has been on as an actor or behind as a director in the past three decades, it was a stage in Charlottesville last week where the spotlight finally fell most brightly on the veteran theater coach, director, teacher and mentor.

    Bettie Jo “B.J.” Carroll — the coach with the most wins in Galax High School history — was inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, joined by family, friends and former students.

  • Readers Hotline 10/24/16

    Political correctness

  • Who will be president? Check sales of Halloween masks.

    Landmark News Service

    Can Halloween tell us who’ll win the White House? Apparently, the sale of candidate masks is an eerily accurate crystal ball.

    According to one costume industry index, mask sales have correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election since 1996. According to another index – which goes back further – they’ve been right since 1980, when Ronald Reagan’s mug outsold Jimmy Carter’s by 20 percent.

    Being No. 1 this year, however, might indicate something else.

  • Driver hurt in Carroll crash

    A single-vehicle accident last Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on Mallory Road resulted in the driver being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney.

    A 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Samuel H. Griggs, 27, of Galax, was traveling west on Mallory in Carroll County when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence, went down a steep embankment, rolled once, crossed a residential driveway and came to rest at the bottom of a small hollow.