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  • Public record for 11/22/17 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in July in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be suspended:

  • In The Pines: trees are big business in Grayson

    By D.T. CLARK, Staff

    MOUTH OF WILSON – In the rural high country of western Grayson County, the earth trembles under the wheels of farm vehicles pulling loads of produce out of the fields, to one of several loading areas. From there, “big rigs” are hauling load after load of seasonal stuff to markets.

    It started in October, when huge cardboard boxes of pumpkins rumbled towards town.

  • Carroll makes plans to buy buses, fix roof


    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Carroll County School Board put their heads together to come up with a solution for two urgent school requests during a joint meeting Nov. 20.

    At the meeting, the county authorized the school board to buy five school buses at a discounted price that was soon to expire, and agreed to seek funding for repairing part of the roof at Carroll County High School.

  • Carroll Circuit Court awarded grant to preserve records

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has been awarded grant funds from the Circuit Court Records Preservation Program through the Library of Virginia.

    In August, Carroll received a total of $11,730 towards the restoration of three older records books that could be lost to deterioration — Deed Book 6 (1857-1859); Order Book 3 (1852-1858) and Order Book 5 (1861-1867).

  • Board addresses treasurer spending probe

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson Board of Supervisors has issued a statement regarding an ongoing investigation of spending by the county treasurer’s office.

    At their Nov. 9 meeting, supervisors presented a letter, penned by the county’s legal counsel on their behalf, in response to recent news reports concerning an investigation of Treasurer Kelly Haga’s expenditures, which has been turned over the Virginia State Police.

  • Emergency scam targets military families

    Staff Report

    We just celebrated Veterans Day, a time when most people honor those who’ve served their country in the military, but the Better Business Bureau warns that some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite.

    BBB Scam Tracker reported last week that it is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.

    Here’s how the scam works:

  • Readers Hotline 11/22/17

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  • High Country Lights shine again in Galax

    By D.T. CLARK and BRIAN FUNK, Staff

    William Bottomley, who designs and sets up the High Country Lights display in Galax, has some traditional pieces, some new pieces and one big surprise in store for visitors to Felts Park this holiday season.

    Bottomley said that he’s added a figure of that little yellow bird, Woodstock, to his Peanuts display, because, he said, “what’s Peanuts without Woodstock?”

  • Lewis convicted of killing Fries woman

    Copyright 2017, Wytheville Enterprise

    Reprinted with permission

    MARION — A Wythe County man awaits a sentencing hearing in Smyth County Circuit Court following his Alford plea earlier this month, to a second-degree murder charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

    John Randolph Lewis, 35, was convicted in the hit-and-run attack that left 35-year-old Heather Michelle Clontz dead and 28-year-old Samuel David Lawson injured.

  • Combs arrested after failing to surrender

    Staff Report

    A suspect involved in an altercation at a home in Grayson County last week — who promised to turn himself in to police, but didn’t — has been taken into custody by the Galax Police Department.

    David Lee Combs, 39, of Beech Grove Lane, is a suspect in an incident Nov. 14 on Beech Grove Lane, where officers responded at approximately 4 p.m. to a report of a self-inflicted stab wound.