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  • Public record for 10/7/15 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 November of 2014 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Sage qualifies for 1A state tournament

    ABINGDON – One stroke in golf can determine who wins first or second place.

    That was the case Monday when the George Wythe Maroons finished with a team score of 357 to edge Thomas Walker by one stroke, 358.

    Patrick Henry and Eastside tied for third with a 369, the Galax Maroon Tide was fifth with a 371, Twin Valley sixth, 374, Auburn seventh, 379 and Radford eighth, 403.

  • Giles erupts to down Tide

    PEARISBURG –– A handful of little things in the first two quarters allowed Giles to squeak through to halftime with a one-point lead. A handful of big things early in the second half helped the Spartans race away into what would prove to be an insurmountable lead.

  • Readers Hotline 10/5/15

    Local cardiac care
    After reading about the $4 million renovation to the Twin County Community Hospital, I was wondering if it will ever be possible for them to upgrade to a heart treatment wing at the hospital so that people who have heart attacks and heart surgery don’t have to be sent to Winston.

  • Haynes runs for Oldtown seat on Grayson school board

    This year’s race to fill seats on the Grayson County School Board will include Diane Haynes on the ballot for the Oldtown District.

    Haynes, who is running unopposed as an independent candidate, has an extensive history teaching in the Grayson County school system. Her career in education began in 1975. At that time, her bachelor’s degree from Radford University allowed her to teach students from grades 4-8.

  • 'Bottom' residents say city project keeping property dry

    The Bottom, Galax’s flood-prone neighborhood next to Chestnut Creek, has almost seen the completion of its renewal.

    After the recent heavy rains, its residents and businesses are closer to knowing if the city’s work was successful.

    The Bottom Area Project was designed to keep flooding out of the low-lying Galax neighborhood, typically one of the worst places for water to clog up streets and damage homes. The total project is from Caldwell Street west to Chestnut Creek, and includes Meadow, Givens and Shaw streets, along with several side streets.

  • Tip leads police to fugitive in Carroll

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A man who has been a fugitive from justice since 2013 was located in Carroll County last week.

    According to a police report, Jose Cruz Ruiz, 29, was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office after officers received information that Ruiz might be found at a residence on Fries Road in the county.

    Authorities received the tip from a person in the community and Ruiz was taken into custody without incident.

  • Truckers' parade raises $7,100

    Locals cheered on the roadsides for the line of trucks traveling U.S. 58 this year for the ninth annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer on Sept. 19.

    According to event organizer Cindy Dixon, 60 trucks participated in the parade this year, raising $7,100 for the local Relay for Life events. Proceeds from these relays are given to the American Cancer Society.

    “It was a very successful day. There were so many people on the roadsides, holding signs and cheering,” Dixon said, noting that plans are already underway for next year’s parade.

  • Absentee voting available now in Virginia

    Absentee voting is underway for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.

    Qualified Virginia voters may vote absentee by mail or in-person. Registered voters must meet one of the 19 eligibility requirements listed on the Virginia Absentee Ballot Application to vote absentee. Visit elections.virginia.gov for a list of eligibility requirements.

    Requests for an absentee ballot by mail must be submitted to the voter’s local registration office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. Applications must be received by this deadline in order to receive a ballot in the mail.

  • Carroll voters to use new paper ballot system

    HILLSVILLE – Voters in Carroll County will be using a new system in the Nov. 3 general election – paper ballots.

    It all started in 2007 when the General Assembly banned local governments from buying touch-screen machines when it came time to replace existing electronic systems. They also wanted a system that would provide a paper trail.

    According to Carroll County General Registrar and Director of Elections Kim Cloud, the county started using the touch-screen machines in 2005.