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Today's News

  • Turns four

    Jake Burcham turned four Dec. 29. He celebrated with a Cars party with family and friends. He is the son of Donald and Machelle Burcham.

    His maternal grandparents are Opal Wilson and the late George Wilson. His paternal grandparents are Shirley Burcham and the late Kenneth Burcham.

  • Public record for 2/1/12 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 October in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Applicants sought for Galax School Board seats

    The seats held by Galax School Board members Ray Kohl and Helen Kyle are set to expire on June 30.
    The term for office is for three years and will begin on July 1.
    Those wishing to become a member of the school board can send a letter of interest to Galax City Manager Keith Barker, Galax Municipal Building, 111 E. Grayson St., Galax, Va. 24333. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.
    To be considered for the position, applicants must reside in Galax.

  • Lindsey leads Tide sweep of Graham

     Sydney Lindsey picked up the slack left by the absence of Galax’s leading scored and led the Maroon Tide to a 43-38 win over Graham in a Mountain Empire District girls’ game Friday.

    The Maroon Tide was playing without Bailey Shumate, who was injured in practice a day after topping 1,000 points for her career. Lindsey, a freshman, responded with 17 points in her first varsity start.

    Galax trailed 22-21 at halftime but held the G-girls to 14 points in the second half.

     

  • Grayson girls hold off Fort Chiswell by 5

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County got one to grow on.

    The freshman-heavy Blue Devils overcame the combination of a hostile environment, a little adversity and an overachieving opponent Friday, holding on to a 59-54 MED triumph over Fort Chiswell for one of those wins that should pay off some day down the road.

  • Grayson boys bounce back

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County pulled off a 45-point turnaround from three weeks ago and demolished Fort Chiswell 82-56 in a Mountain Empire District boys’ game Friday night.

    The win was the fifth in the last six outings for the Blue Devils, who had lost to the Pioneers by 19 points on Jan. 6 during a stretch that saw Grayson drop six of seven.

  • Bill seeks to ban teen drivers' cellphone use

    RICHMOND — Teen drivers who use cellphones while operating a vehicle can now be ticketed for that behavior if police stop them for another offense.
    A bill that cleared the Virginia Senate on Jan. 26 would tighten the restriction on cellphone use by provisional license holders, meaning authorities could stop them simply for using their phone while operating a vehicle.

  • Supervisors debate trash collection fee

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors attracted a standing room only crowd at a continued meeting and work session Jan. 19.
    Citizens were interested in the fate of the trash collection fee that has been charged for the past several months.
    Newly elected chairman David Sexton thanked everyone for coming, but said no public comments would be taken at the meeting.

  • Sunday hunting ban closer to repeal

    RICHMOND — By a decisive margin, the state Senate passed legislation this afternoon that would allow Virginians to hunt on private property on Sundays.
    The Senate voted 29-11 to pass the legislation, despite objections from some rural legislators who voiced concerns that Sunday hunting would disrupt other outdoor activities and the well-being of their communities.
    The legislation still could face a tough fight in the House of Delegates, which has yet to act on any Sunday hunting legislation in this session.

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