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  • Readers' Hotline 8/13/12

    Beyond the basics

  • GALAX OLD FIDDLERS' CONVENTION 2012 WINNERS

     

    Winners of the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held August 6-11, 2012:

  • 'Sprung Is Here' — for 47 years at Galax convention

    For more than 47 years, 81-year-old bluegrass legend Roger Sprung has graced Galax and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention with his presence.
    The banjo master travels from Newtown, Conn., making a stop at the Clifftop Festival in West Virginia before stopping in Galax each year.
    Sitting at his own spot behind the convention stage, suspended letters above his tent announce “SPRUNG IS HERE.”
    A cardboard sign written in black marker indicates a schedule of jam sessions at his campsite.

  • Storms cost APCo $37 million

    More than a month after a windstorm caused record power outages, Appalachian Power Co. has put a price tag on restoring electricity to its Virginia customers — $37 million.
    It’s still too soon to say whether the costs of repairing downed power lines will be passed on to customers in the form of a rate increase, a spokesman for the utility said this week.

  • Former registrar indicted for embezzlement

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted a former Grayson voter registrar on July 27 on one count of felony embezzlement.
    Debra Parks Phipps, 46, of Independence, was arrested on May 7. She also is charged with making a false statement to a criminal investigator, a misdemeanor.

  • Fog shrouds mountain in mystery

    FANCY GAP  — David Gelly saw possibilities in the famous fog of Fancy Gap — as a shroud of mystery for the setting in his fictional murder thriller.
    He’s often driven up U.S. 52 from Winston-Salem, N.C., to his getaway in the mountains, having to slash through fog where he couldn’t see two feet ahead.
    Like many drivers who have ended up in the multi-vehicle pileups on Interstate 77 or those who struggled to stay out of accidents in the area, the weather made an impression on Gelly.

  • Police warn of fake $100 bills

    Marion police are investigating a series of counterfeit $100 bills that were passed at businesses there on Aug. 5.
    The fake bills pass traditional “pen marker” tests, but are counterfeit, according to a news release from the town.
    A suspect car being sought by police is red or maroon with no front tag. It has chrome door handles, sunroof and is possibly missing paint on top.

  • Bartletts celebrate 60th anniversary

    William and Margie Bartlett celebrated their 60th anniversary June 21 at the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, N.C. After a buffet dinner, guests were entertained by the Southeast Express Bluegrass Band.

  • Wiford, Rice engagement announced

    The Rev. and Mrs. Tim Wiford of Anderson, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Rice of Galax announce the engagement of their children, Kayla Renae Wiford to John Stanley Rice.
    Wiford is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an associate degree in surgical tech. She is currently employed with Home Instead Senior Care.

    Rice is a graduate of Radford University with a bachelor of science in pre-med. He is working toward his doctorate as a nurse practitioner.
    A Nov. 16 wedding date is planned in Anderson, Ind.

  • Combs, Vaughn to marry

    Steve and Melissa Combs of Hillsville announced the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Michelle, to Matthew Cody Vaughn, the son of Ed and Lora Terry of Hillsville and Ralph and Sharon Vaughn of Austinville.

    Combs graduated from Carroll County High School in 2007 and from Wytheville Community College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in nursing.
    She is a registered nurse at the Virginia Department of Health in the Mount Rogers District.