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  • Public record for 3/7/18

    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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November of 2017 in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers Hotline 3/7/18

    None of the above
    What do we all have in common? Love of family. Desire to have meaningful and productive work. Freedom to pursue our goals and worship as we please. Access to an education and good healthcare. To live without fear of harm to our bodies or property. And, the support and engagement of our communities. What are we told that makes us different from one another? None of the above.

    Not warranted

  • Rally honors victims, calls for gun law reform

    HILLSVILLE – A group of concerned citizens gathered together Sunday to let their freedom of speech ring across Hillsville, while they marched along Main Street and U.S. 58 advocating for the reform of current firearm laws.

    The Rev. Kevin Campbell of Hillsville Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Amanda Moore of Hillsville Christian Church led the gathering.

  • Art school honors donors at open house

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its first campus-wide open house on March 3, at the main building, the woodworking studio and the pottery studio, all located in downtown Galax.

    The event featured demonstrations, refreshments and appearances by CCSA mascot “Arty,” as well as an unveiling of donor appreciation plaques at the woodworking studio, detailing who had given funds for various aspects of the studio and leaving open slots for future donors.

  • Grayson to connect falls with rec park

    INDEPENDENCE ― Land recently purchased by Grayson County will connect the waterfall property on Powerhouse Road, a popular stop for tourists and locals in Independence, to the Grayson County Recreational Park.

    According to a recent announcement, the county bought around 11 acres of land in Independence, which previously separated the falls from the recreational park, from a private landowner for $160,000.

  • Fire consumes home in Fries

    FRIES — A Fries resident escaped a fire at her home on Sunday, which firefighters say resulted in extensive damage to one bedroom, and heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

    According to a Fries Volunteer Fire Department report, the crew was dispatched March 4 at 3:33 a.m. to Broom Lane in Fries.

    The crew was joined on scene by members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, and together they were able to extinguish the blaze.

  • Galax man charged with meth possession

    Staff Report

    A Galax man was arrested and charged on Feb. 26 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to a report from the Galax Police Department.

    Officer Dakota Martin was advised by a citizen that two occupants of a vehicle in a parking lot were acting in a strange manner. Martin, along with Officer Terry Woods, responded and found a vehicle operated by Jerry Wayne Evans, 34.

    After a short investigation, Martin arrested Evans. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Readers Hotline 3/5/18

    For all
    For some reason, socialism in a dirty word. Here are some examples of American socialism to chew on: our highways, parks, health clinics, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, public education and so on. For those of us who enjoy a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, bingo. That is socialism.

    Buried the “story”

  • Five sentenced for drug conspiracy

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON — Five local people were sentenced to prison last week, resulting from a federal investigation into a local methamphetamine distribution network.

    The charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation called Operation Rolling Thunder.

    They were sentenced in the Western District of Virginia Federal Court in Abingdon, on charges of conspiracy to distribute meth. All pleaded guilty last year to the drug charges.

  • Dixon brings new ideas to chamber

    “It’s funny; when you say my name, the first question that comes out of peoples’ mouths is, ‘Do you spell it Dickson or Dixon?’ I kind of know I’m at home,” said Beth Dixon, the new Twin County Chamber of Commerce director, in her office.

    Dixon introduced herself at the first February Galax City Council meeting and has spent most of her days meeting, greeting and building relationships around the area. With a crisp speaking voice, friendly tone and high-energy approach to her job, Dixon immediately makes a good impression.