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  • Court opens five sealed indictments

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Sealed indictments have been opened charging five Grayson County residents.

    The indictments were sealed by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met Oct. 28. They were opened after warrants were served on those named. Indictments included:

    • John Terry Kelly, 64, of Independence, one count of possession of ammunition after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Galax could connect to natural gas service

    With the recent purchase of Carroll County’s natural gas system by a private company, the City of Galax is poised to benefit from the utility’s expansion.

    City Manager Keith Barker informed Galax City Council at its Nov. 14 meeting that he had spoken to John Ebert of Appalachian Natural Gas.

    “It’s been about a year since ANG purchased the Carroll County system,” said Barker. “And with that, we’re awarded the rights to bring natural gas to Galax and Grayson County, with a five-year sunset clause on that agreement.”

  • High Country Lights to shine again in Galax

    Staff Reports

    The High Country Lights are returning to Felts Park in Galax this year with plenty of shimmering holiday pageantry, according to Parks & Recreation Director Dave Nelson.

    “We are pleased to announce that William Bottomley has agreed to bring his Christmas light show back to Felts Park for the 2016 season,” said Nelson. “The show will begin on Thanksgiving Night and run through Jan. 2.”

  • Public record for 11/23/16 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 April in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Chromebooks donated to Oakland Elementary

    Students and teachers at Oakland Elementary School in Carroll County are the recipients of 12 new Google Chromebooks that have been donated in honor of two local residents.

    On Nov. 1, Shirley Harmon Steele and Patty Blankenheim presented the new laptops in honor of their late husbands. Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer and Oakland Principal Larry Williams accepted the computers on behalf of the students and teachers.

  • Galax man charged with drug possession

    Staff Reports

    Thomas Patrick Aldrich, 32, of Galax, was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with both felony and misdemeanor possession of controlled substances.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said Officer Silverio Gonzales “responded to a call to Walmart for a suspected shoplifter. Aldrich was arrested and searched subsequent to his arrest, during which Silverio discovered a glass smoking device that contained suspected methamphetamine.”

    Aldrich was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

  • Dust explosion causes fire at plant

    An industrial fire Nov. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Vaughan-Basssett chip core plant on Jackson Street left no injuries, according to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    “This incident was most likely trigged by the malfunctioning of a motor on the bag house causing it to overheat,” said Hankley. “This produced a large explosion of the three-story steel cylinder bag house.”

  • Readers Hotline 11/21/16

    Thinking of others
    I would like to share with readers a wonderful thing that happened at First Christian Church in Galax on Nov. 10. A gentleman stopped by the church office and told the minister the Lord has spoken to him and he was to give the church a gift. He handed him 10 $100 bills. He did not want to divulge his name. Members want to thank him and let him know the funds were put in the food bank account to buy Christmas baskets for the needy in the community. May God bless him, also.

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  • One year later, Whitetop man still missing

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A Whitetop man has been missing for more than a year, and police still have no clues to his disappearance.

    John William Wingler Sr., 74, was last seen around 5 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at his home at 46 Dolinger Road. He was reported missing to the sheriff’s department on Nov. 12.

  • Veteran Coy Shaffner honored for service

    FRIES ― U.S. Army veteran Coy Shaffner, 94, had to think for a moment on the exact year he joined the armed forces, but when he was asked how many days he spent as a prisoner of war, he recalled the number instantly: 203 days.