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  • Public record for 7/18/12 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded May 17-June 22 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/18/12

    It’s your responsibility
    I’m calling in regard to “hire a lawyer.” Yes, you do have to pay your back child support whether you get custody of your kids or not. It is your responsibility. It is what you already owed before you had custody of the kids. So, yes, you do still have to pay your back child support.

    Bad math

  • UPDATED — More blasting planned for I-77 in Carroll

    UPDATED 7/18 WITH REVISED BLAST TIMES

  • Patrick Smith named new Declaration editor

     

    INDEPENDENCE — Patrick H. Smith has been named the new editor of The Declaration.

    He succeeds former editor Tina E. Vaughn, who is pursuing a career as a fiction writer. Vaughan had her first novel, “No Sweeter Love,” published earlier this year and is working on a follow-up.

    Some of Smith's work will also appear in The Gazette, a sister publication of The Declaration.

  • Human remains found in well

    LAMBSBURG — After days of digging to reach the bottom of a 40-foot well in Carroll County, police confirmed on Monday that they found human remains inside.
    Law enforcement agencies converged on a spot in southern Carroll County last week to excavate a three-foot-wide, hand-dug well after a suspect in a North Carolina criminal case reported that a body was hidden there.

  • BBQ crews heading to Galax for state contest

    Experience “BBQ With Altitude” this weekend at the 8th Annual Smoke on the  Mountain event in downtown Galax — Virginia’s official state barbecue championship.
    The event will run July 20-21, and the food, music and fun goes all day, from 10 a.m. to midnight.
    Galax has always been known for pleasing the ear as the world’s capitol of bluegrass and old-time music, and its natural beauty is a feast for the eyes. With Smoke on the Mountain, the city adds the smells and tastes of barbecue to its symphony for the senses.

  • U.S. Open finish reverberates to Carroll County

    When it comes to professional golf, everybody has his or her favorite major.

    There are those who prefer The Open Championship – the British Open – because it’s played at or near the birthplace of the game, the weather can be a beast (na’ wind, na’ golf, a Scot will say) and because the courses are so different from their American counterparts.

    Some fancy The Masters simply because of the allure and the indescribable magnificence of Augusta National.

  • Security video captures flower thief

    UPDATED 7/17: HILLSVILLE —The owners of Mountain Top Antique Mall captured security camera footage of a man stealing flower baskets hanging on their porch.
    And on Monday, thanks to the video, a suspect was captured by police.
    Ricky Gene Alexander, 58, of Woodlawn was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

  • Galax to go after delinquent taxpayers

    The city will hire a legal service to assist in collecting delinquent personal property taxes, with all fees being passed on to the delinquent taxpayer, Finance Director Judy Taylor-Gallimore told Galax City Council at its July 9 meeting.
    TACS Legal Services will assist in collecting $220,000 in delinquent personal property taxes that are owned to the city. Taylor-Gallimore said the city has sent letters to delinquent taxpayers and has collected more money once taxpayers have been told that the delinquent fees will be turned over to a collection agency.

  • Jay Allen signs off at WBRF

    Long-time WBRF-98.1 FM bluegrass radio host Jay Allen said goodbye on Friday to his listeners.
    Twenty-three years ago, Allen began his career at 98.1 by filling in at the studio during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    “At the time, I was just doing odd jobs,” said Allen. “WBRF manager Zane Bennett called and asked if I could fill in during Old Fiddlers’ Convention week. After a few days, I thought that would be it.”