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Today's News

  • Public record for 10/6/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:
    Joshua Samuel Holley of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $101 costs.

  • Turns four

    Landon Phipps celebrated his fourth birthday Sept. 18 with 20 friends at a Backyardiganis Pirate Treasure party at his home. He and his friends enjoyed a fun day of water games, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin painting and a hayride.

    He and his family also celebrated with a week at North Myrtle Beach and a trip to Chucky Cheese in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is the son of Bobby and Susan Phipps. Grandmothers are Geneva Harris and Juanita Phipps. Godmother is Trisha Hawks.

  • He's two

    Javan Setliff turned two Sept. 17. He is the son of Britt and Stephanie Setliff and the little brother of Ashley Walls and Brady Tennyson.

    He celebrated with family and friends.

  • Patton, Blackburn marry

    Erin Caldwell Patton and Aaron Joseph Blackburn were married July 24, 2010 by Pastor Carl Bowles in a private ceremony at Galax Friends Meeting.

    The bride is the daughter of Sue Patton and the late Craig Patton. Her stepfather is Sonny Burcham. Her grandmother is June Beamer.
    The groom is the son of Joey and Linda Blackburn.  His grandparents are J.C. and Jewel Blackburn.
    Catie Patton, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. The bride’s nephew, Xander Patton, was ring bearer.

  • Study: Veterans' services lacking in Va.

    A new study says veterans across Virginia often have trouble getting the services they need, especially adequate mental health treatment.
    The study, released last Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, is the first in recent memory to look comprehensively at veterans’ needs in the commonwealth. While most of its findings came as no surprise to the state officials who commissioned it, the research will go a long way in helping to secure money to better serve veterans, said Catherine Wilson, executive director of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

  • Driver leads police on chase

    A man, who was allegedly driving recklessly on South Main Street in Galax, led police on a chase into Alleghany County, N.C., on Monday afternoon.

    After crashing on Glade Valley Road, at the intersection of Barrett Road, in Alleghany County, Jonathan Scott Eggert, 25, of Grandview Drive, Sparta, N.C., was arrested and will be charged in Virginia with DUI, reckless driving, eluding police, leaving the scene of the accident and property damage for striking a stop sign at U.S. 58 and West Stuart Drive in Galax.

  • Free Clinic needs cash injection

    With only $400 in its savings account, executive director Dina Clower is talking about the threat of closing the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties due to lack of funding.
    She walks through the new hallways of the clinic, which recently relocated from Oldtown Street to 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax for more space, during its open house tour last Thursday.

  • Worst Case Scenario

    An armed, angry man fires shots at the office workers at the Galax Elementary School and takes a hostage before barricading himself in the library with 20 students.
    The casualties mount as the man drags the hostage, a volunteering parent, looking for his wife throughout Galax Elementary School...

     

  • Public Safety Academy starts Oct. 19

    Have your ever wondered what it takes to become a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT-Paramedic?
    If you've ever wondered why they do the things they do or what’s required to work in the public safety profession, the Galax Police Department is offering an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and find those answers.

  • Old money discovered anew

    Ten years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation was on a reckless spending spree, delaying payments on completed projects in order to start new ones. More than 160 projects had to be canceled to restore financial sanity.
    A new audit initiated by Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed last month that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction.
    Today’s VDOT is paralyzed by bureaucratic rules intended to improve accountability that instead have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sitting unused in more than 25 separate financial accounts.