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  • Grayson sheriff reports on 2014 activities

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department made 93 drug arrests last year according to the 2014 annual report released by Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

    Vaughan said deputies responded to 5,669 calls for service and served 6,253 warrants (1,145 criminal and 5,108 civil).

    Drug arrests topped the list of arrests, followed by larceny and burglary, which combined for a total of 54.

  • Studio's programs strengthen mind, body, spirit

    WOODLAWN — The Studio, a new business in Woodlawn, has opened its doors to the public to offer a clever hodgepodge of classes and specialized events for clients of all ages.

    The idea for The Studio sparked after Tom and DeeDee Wright rented a building across from Midway Shell in Woodlawn last November, to house an office for Tom’s business.

  • Panel votes down automatic rights restoration

    RICHMOND — A legislative panel has rejected a proposal that could lead to automatically restoring rights of nonviolent felons after they have completed their sentences.

    Those qualified still must petition the governor to restore their rights.

    The resolution (SJ238) sought a constitutional amendment allowing the General Assembly to decide whether to automatically restore some rights, such as the right to vote, for nonviolent felons who have fully completed their sentences, including probation.

  • Cavs hammer Salem by 32

    HILLSVILLE – It might have been frigid on the outside but the action on the inside of the Carroll County gym last Friday night was red hot as the Cavaliers overwhelmed Salem, 57-25, in the opening game of the Conference 24 girls’ basketball tournament.

    Keely Lundy set the stage early for the #3 seeded Cavaliers as she drilled a 3-pointer to open the game. Rylee Haynes followed Lundy with a pair of 3’s and the Cavaliers led 9-0 before Salem could score a point.

  • Spurlin repeats, Lawrence takes second

    SALEM –– For the wrestlers who reached the championship round of the Virginia High School League state wrestling tournament last year, there was an excruciating wait of some 30 hours between the semifinals and the finals. In an effort to get the 2015 event concluded before another wave of winter weather hit Southwest Virginia, states were condensed into one afternoon and evening Friday at the Salem Civic Center.

    Galax’s Caleb Spurlin did his part to speed things along.

  • State completes investigation of fatal accident

    FRIES — C&B Lumber in Fries has received a citation from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Program, after an investigation of an accident resulting in the death of an employee in 2014.

    The citation involved paperwork, and the company was not found to be at fault in the worker’s death.

  • Few children in Va. haven't been vaccinated

    A flurry of measles infections around the country— most linked to the exposure of several dozen people to the virus at Disneyland in California — has made national headlines.

    But Virginia has yet to report a single case this year. One possible reason, according to public health officials: few children in the state are opting out of the school-required vaccine.

    In the 2013-14 school year, 446 kindergartners in Virginia applied for a nonmedical exemption from vaccines, a low number compared with other states.

  • Where's the fire? Siren activity often weather-related

    Galax citizens may have noticed an unusually high rate of activity by the city’s siren lately. So, where’s the fire?

    According to Capt. Mike Ayers of the fire department, often there isn’t one.

  • This week's General Assembly action

    RICHMOND — A Senate committee on Tuesday killed a bill that would prevent police from seizing assets in a criminal case unless a defendant were convicted or entered a plea agreement.

    The measure (HB1287) passed the House of Delegates 92-6 earlier this month and passed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee 11-2 last week.

    However, the Senate Finance Committee killed it on Feb. 17, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said it would be studied by the State Crime Commission.

  • Public record for 2/18/15 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 Aug. 1-15 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: