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  • Public record for 10/10/12 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 Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Readers' Hotline 10/10/12

    No stopping it

  • PRIDE IN THE PAST, DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE — Galax Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates 100 Years

    The members of the Galax Volunteer Fire Department take their motto to heart.
    “Pride in Our Past, Dedicated to the Future” is emblazoned on signs and trucks, but it’s more than words.
    As for the pride in the past, firefighters speak reverently of those who came before, building the organization from a bucket brigade to a fire company in 1912, after much of the city’s wood buildings were destroyed by fire.

  • Offensive explosion lifts Abingdon

    HILLSVILLE—Abingdon scored 38 straight points and gained more than 400 yards on the ground to rally for a 49-28 Southwest District win Friday night over Carroll County at Tommy Thompson Field.

    Abingdon (3-3, 1-0) trailed by one point at the break, but used five straight scoring drives to take a commanding win over district foe Carroll County (1-5, 0-1).

    The Falcons didn’t attempt a single pass in the second half, and instead racked up 310 rushing yards in the final two quarters.

  • Late flurry stuns Maroon Tide

    MAX MEADOWS –– For all but 35 seconds of the second half, Galax kept the potent Fort Chiswell offense out the end zone. The final 34 ticks of the clock, though, more than made up for the Pioneers’ second-half offensive shortcomings.

    Galax was just moments away from pulling off a huge Mountain Empire District road win, but Fort Chiswell scored twice in the final 34 seconds and used a two-point conversion with no time on the clock to score a miraculous 37-36 win over the Maroon Tide at C.F. McKinney Stadium.

  • What is a college degree worth?

    Virginia students and parents now have a new source of information about the potential economic value of a college degree.
    It’s long been clear that higher education translates into higher income. But how much difference does it make which school you choose? And which major?
    Potential answers to those questions are now available online.
    A huge database that went online Oct. 4 reveals wages earned by recent Virginia college graduates, broken down by school and major.
    A few samples of what you can learn:

  • Indictments include sexual assault, drugs

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court officials have released several unsealed indictments, relating to either illegal drug or sexual assault charges.
    An indictment is a formal charge obtained in the judicial process, not a finding of guilt.
    The court typically seals charges prior to the people named in them being served with warrants.
    Those named in this batch of indictments include:
    • Joseph Lee Moore Sr., 60,  forcible sodomy (four counts)

  • Hospital spends on new tech

    TCRH's merger with Duke LifePoint has resulted in investments totaling $3.1 million over the past 9 months.

  • Natural gas line project to begin

    HILLSVILLE — The newly hired contractor on Carroll County’s natural gas line project plans to begin installation next week.
    Carroll’s Industrial Development Authority took on the natural gas project as an effort to retain the Mohawk plant as part of the local business community.
    Two bids came in from certified contractors before the regular October IDA meeting last Thursday, which was delayed from last Monday in order make a decision on awarding the installation work, according to County Administrator Gary Larrowe.

  • Woman seriously hurt in crash, charges pending

    WOODLAWN — An 80-year-old Woodlawn woman went through several hours of surgery for serious injuries stemming from a two-vehicle wreck that occurred last Wednesday.
    A Virginia State Police report by Trooper C.M. Delp says that Ila Faye Payne, driving a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, attempted to pull out from Breezy Ridge Road and go west on U.S. 58. at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 3.
    The Cavalier was struck by a Buick driven by Patrick Joseph Kelly Sr. of Fancy Gap.