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  • Public record for 5/20/15 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2014 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carroll adds roads to six-year plan

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has approved five additional roads to receive upgrades through the county’s secondary highway six-year plan for 2015-16 through 2020-21.

    In April, the board announced that a draft was available to view for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan. The working draft of the 2015-16 priority list included the surface treatment of 26 roads within the county, in addition to traffic services, engineering and survey costs.

  • Safe Routes program took city down a new path

    Safe Routes to School Coordinator Linda Mock recently updated Galax City Council regarding the program’s projects and announced her intention to leave the position.

    Mock has been in charge of the program since the city received a grant to create it a couple of years ago.

    Her assistant, Katie Osborne, will replace her, Mock said.

    Mock informed council in April that Safe Routes received a second grant of $41,000 this year to establish habits in kids that will help them create healthy lifestyles.

  • Lost plane found, no survivors

    UPDATE FROM VIRGINIA STATE POLICE:

    The wreckage of the missing aircraft has been located near Saltville, according to Virginia State Police. There were no survivors.

  • Woodlawn studio offering self-protection classes

    WOODLAWN — The summer schedule for The Studio in Woodlawn will include a variety of classes and workshops, as well as a series of self-protection classes and concealed carry firearms classes.

    Located across from the Midway Shell station on Carrollton Pike in Woodlawn, The Studio opened earlier this year with a hodgepodge of choices for clients, including yoga classes, children’s theater and venue rentals. But as business owner DeeDee Wright mapped out plans for her studio space, a new opportunity for promoting community safety was presented.

  • Suspect arrested in Citgo burglary, larceny

    A Galax man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary at Robert’s Citgo and Tire that was reported on May 12.

    According to a Galax Police Department report, the owner of Robert’s Citgo on South Main Street discovered that the business had been entered during the night when he opened for business on May 12. The owner reported the theft of U.S. currency and tools, and damage to property.

    During the investigation, police discovered that a business truck had been moved, driven and then returned to the business.

  • Grayson makes cuts to personnel

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County School Board voted 3-1 last at its May 11 meeting to reduce the school system’s support staff positions by 16 to help balance its 2015-2016 operating budget.

    In April, the board voted to reduce 11 teaching positions as part of the reduction in force plan, but failed to approve the staff reductions.

  • Wilson remembered as firefighter, former Galax mayor

    The late Glenn Graybill Wilson — city council member for nearly three decades, former Galax mayor, volunteer firefighter for more than half a century, ambulance driver, funeral director for more than 40 years and ice cream man — wore many hats in his lifetime.

    According to those who knew him, he wore every one of them while pursuing the continual betterment of Galax, but took plenty of time to laugh, too.

  • Readers Hotline 5/18/15

    Rock around the clock
    I’d like to comment on the classic car cruise-in season that is coming up in Galax and Hillsville. Beach music is great but beach music isn’t the only kind of music. Classic car music is cruising music and that is 1950s, 60s and 70s music. Stuff like Rock around the Clock, Elvis, The Twist. Songs like that are the ones that people really want to hear. Beach music is great, but we need a live band or a deejay playing the good old rock-n-roll.

  • Litter is more than just an eyesore

    The community celebrated Earth Day this year through a countywide effort to tidy up cluttered roadsides, and the fruits of that labor were definitely hard to miss. According to the paperwork filed for this year’s roadside project in Carroll County, more than 300 citizens collected more than 1,300 bags of trash, and numerous large items including tires and furniture during the months of April and May.