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  • He's seven

    Ryder Cole Rose celebrated his seventh birthday July 3. His parents are Tina and Eric Rose of Fries. He has three sisters, Cheyenne, Trinity and Samantha, all of Fries.

    His grandparents are the late Connie Dowling and Jimmy and Edna Hines, all of Fries. His great-grandparents are the late Ressie Dowling and Robert Dowling of Fries, the late Mollie and Hobert Hines of Fries and the late Allie Ray and Arlene Osborne of Austinville.

  • Midkiff-Skaggs, Rizzo to marry Sept. 15

    Carla and Kevin Frost of Galax, along with Todd and Kim Skaggs of Shepherdsville, Ky., announced the engagement of their daughter, Emerald Leigh Midkiff-Skaggs, to Joseph Michael Rizzo, son of Dr. Brian and Debra Rizzo of Charlottesville.

    Midkiff-Skaggs graduated in 2004 from Galax High School.
    She obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia in 2009.
    She is employed as an executive assistant research analyst in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Szewczyk, Hicks marry

    Tony Szewczyk of Derby, Conn., and Susan Roudebush of Leesburg, announce the marriage of their daughter, Mary Anne Frances, to Matthew Alan Hicks, son of Alan and Vicki Hicks of Galax.

    The bride is the granddaughter of the late Bob Moreland and Mary Etta Moreland of Falls Church and the late David and Estelle Szewczyk of Derby.
    The groom is the grandson of John and Bonnie Ayers of Galax, the late Dallas Brown of Woodlawn and the late Marshall and Dorothy Hicks of Gastonia, N.C.

  • Public record for 8/15/12 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 June in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Natural gas company steps aside

    A private company that sought to provide natural gas service to the Twin Counties has stepped aside as a Carroll County government-led project proceeds.
    Frontier Natural Gas had sought to fill the natural gas gap when Atmos Energy failed to provide service for years.
    Frontier had petitioned the State Corporation Commission to install a natural gas system in the Carroll County and Hillsville area, where there is an existing access port in the Patriot pipeline.

  • Hillsville a contender for printing company

    HILLSVILLE — Town officials say that Hillsville is one of two possible locations being considered by a nationally known screen printing company.
    If the company chooses to locate in Hillsville, it could mean a capital investment of between $1 and $2.5 million by the yet-unnamed entity, depending on whether it buys or leases the building, and the creation of up to 40 jobs, according to Mayor Greg Crowder.

  • Grayson honors deputies for bravery

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson County deputies Doug Waller and Kevin Watson were honored during a joint ceremony on Aug. 9 by both the county supervisors and the sheriff for their heroic actions.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan opened the recognition by describing the events that unfolded on June 26 in the Fairview community, which resulted in Waller being shot.
    Vaughan said Waller and Watson were responding to a domestic dispute call on Skyline Highway at 10:43 that evening.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/15/12

    Wandering around
    The experience I had at [a convenience store] was horrible. There were non-employees cleaning the establishment and coming out of the back with other employees at the same time. There have been many times when guys have been loitering in the store in the morning hours. I can’t believe the establishment would allow this.

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  • Pool could help county's physical and financial health

    HILLSVILLE — It’s probably no coincidence that Pulaski County’s recreational park and pool has nationally known restaurants and a big box store that located nearby, a supporter of a new pool told Carroll County supervisors Monday evening.
    Those businesses in Dublin came along after the county created Randolph Park, noted Lisa Payne Delp. It’s likely that the pool and its 51,000 visitors led to growth and jobs in that locality.

  • Picnic and politics at annual event

    At an annual political event on Saturday, political candidates got an earful of mountain music and local issues.
    The somewhat ironically named Poor Man’s Dinner — it reflects the humble Southern fare on the menu, not the financial status of the attendees — is an annual tradition during Galax’s annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    Over 350 politicians from all over Virginia, political candidates and community leaders from attended the picnic in Felts Park on Saturday, sponsored by the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce.