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Today's News

  • Readers Hotline 6/22/15

    Doesn’t matter
    It really does not matter what anyone thinks about who wears what to church. It is what God thinks, not what a person thinks. We are not there to judge whether they wear bad clothes or good clothes or what. That’s not what we go to church for — to see what somebody wears.

    Big bucks

  • Former free clinic director indicted

    By SHANNON WATKINS and SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    Latonia R. Marshall, former director of the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, was indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury in Carroll County this week.

    Marshall was charged with taking money from Baptist Medical Clinic, doing business as the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties.

    According to the indictments, Marshall allegedly disposed, concealed or embezzled more than $200 worth of property from the clinic.

  • Six charged in direct indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court has released 20 direct indictments against six individuals.

    The grand jury approved 28 direct indictments this week, however additional indictments will remain sealed until the individuals have been arrested.

    Included in the indictments are:

    • Sharon Lynn Lowery - making a false application for public assistance to the Carroll County Department of Social Services;

    • Latonia R. Marshall — four counts of embezzling

  • Galax carnival begins June 22

    This year’s Galax Fire Department Carnival will be held from June 22-27 in Felts Park.

    Gates open at 5 p.m. and the carnival and bingo will start at 6 p.m.

    Bingo will be held every night from 6 p.m. until closing, with a 50 percent payout each game. There will be a $1,000 championship game on June 27 for qualifying players.

    There will also be a $300 nightly cash drawing at 11 p.m. with one entry per paid adult gate ticket.

    Fireworks will be held on June 27 at 11 p.m.

  • Final ballot set for Grayson election

    INDEPENDENCE — June 9 was the deadline for candidates to file for this year’s November general election in Grayson County.

    The county now has a total of 23 candidates running for open seats in local government offices this year.

    Nominees this year include a fairly even mixture of incumbents and new faces. Some of the seats up for grabs this year include commonwealth’s attorney, treasurer, sheriff, clerk of court, as well as seats on the Grayson Board of Supervisors and the school board.

  • New flag rises as others are retired

    By SHAINA STOCKTON and SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    The Grayson County Friends of the Library celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a flag raising ceremony at the Grayson County Public Library in Independence.

  • Readers Hotline 6/17/15

    Transferred
    After reading in the paper about Lucy Nottingham winning the teaching prize at Laurel School, I was really tickled for her. I don’t know her, but I was really tickled for her. I was talking to another lady who told me they don’t tell you this, but she has already been transferred to another school. It’s about time we let teachers that have master’s degrees do the work they are trained to do.

    Men’s mess

  • Sen. Stanley looks back on term

    Sen. Bill Stanley (R-20th District), who is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 election, recently talked to The Gazette about his current term and his plans for the future.

    Stanley represents the City of Galax and portions of Carroll County.

  • Carroll grand jury indicts 39

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County Grand Jury released 61 indictments against 39 individuals on June 15.

    Included in the list were three of the four people connected to a drug case.

    According to a report from the Galax Police Department, two Galax residents were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics after the execution of a search warrant at Glendale Apartments in February. Misty Rena Urbina, 33, and William Bradley Earp, 23, were charged.

  • Court: bookkeeper embezzled $1M

    ABINGDON – A former law firm bookkeeper, who previously pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges, was sentenced last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

    Patricia Ethel Chinault, 72, of Apopka, Fla., was sentenced on June 5 to 24 months in federal prison. Chinault previously pleaded guilty to embezzling approximately $1 million from a Carroll County law firm.