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  • Public record for 9/10/14 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.  
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    Circuit Court

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

  • Small plane crashes on I-77

    FANCY GAP — Police and rescue workers converged on the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 77 in the Fancy Gap area on Wednesday afternoon.

    State police received a call at 1:12 p.m. on Sept. 10, and responded to I-77 southbound, near the 5.8 milemarker. They arrived to find a 1939 J-3 Cub, operated by Bernard Heimos, 67, of Laguna Niguel, Ca, nose-down in the median, down a steep, wooded embankment.

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  • Harassment alleged in line break response

    HILLSVILLE — An incident involving a sewer line break on Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap last month resulted in allegations of harassment by property owner Stephen Gregson, against Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

    Larrowe has denied the claims, stating that he was upholding his responsibilities to protect the county and that he took what he considered appropriate actions when he feared that someone had maliciously tampered with the line.

  • Inmate indicted for cell block cell phone

    INDEPENDENCE — A prisoner at River North Correctional Center in Independence has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury for possession of a cellular telephone by a prisoner.

    Cory DeLaurencio, 38, was indicted by the grand jury on July 25. The indictment was unsealed after an arrest was made in the case.

    DeLaurencio is serving a life sentence at the state prison after being convicted of capital murder, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in a 1996 incident in Virginia Beach.

  • Children's home celebrates JoyFest

    Despite high winds and rain clouds, Joyfest, the annual “friend-raiser” for Joy Ranch Home for Children in Woodlawn, brought in an impressive crowd on Sept. 6. Guests were treated to helicopter rides, face painting, games, bounce houses and plenty of food. Performances included the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Brad & Rebekah. The weather kept the planned hot air balloons from flying.

  • Local man killed in N.C. crash

    Charles Wayne Goodson, 41, of Galax, died in a single-vehicle automobile accident in North Carolina early Friday morning.

    According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper A.M. Russ, who investigated the accident, Goodson was traveling southeast in Sampson County on Interstate 40 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when it crossed the center line.

    Goodson over-corrected, according to Russ, swerved off the road to the right, and his vehicle struck several trees and overturned. Goodson, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was ejected.

  • Grayson SOL results mixed

    By DON RICHESON, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Results were mixed for Grayson County students who took the state’s Standards of Learning exams last year.

    The results, released last month by the Virginia Department of Education, show that overall the students improved in two main categories, but fell in three, although the tests reportedly increased in difficulty over the previous year.

  • Blaze wins in Lenoir

    The Virginia Blaze travel team finished its summer season by winning the Battle Ball Showcase in Lenoir, N.C. on Aug. 30.

    The Blaze went 3-0 in the tournament by defeating the Lenoir Bobcats 40-10, the Lenoir Spartans 59-58 and then edging the Wilkes Diamonds 67-62 for the championship.

    Team members are Kacie Shaffner, Rachel Clark, Sydney Bedsaul, Audrey Clark, Rebekah Clark, Nancy Clark, Hallie Bryant, Kylee Hill, Kelsey Cave, Hannah Swiger, coach Larry Clark and assistant Diana Clark.

  • Blue Ridge ladies host tournaments

     The Ladies’ Golf Association of Blue Ridge Country Club held its Ladies Championship and Net Tournament on August 23-24 and its Ladies’ Invitational on Aug. 19.

    In the two-day, stroke play championship and net tournament, Judy Chambers shot an 81 in her opening round and came back with a 78 on the second day to win the championship with a two-day total of 159. Trish Golding placed second with an 88-86–174.