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  • Two seek Pipers Gap seat on Carroll board

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE
    StaffHILLSVILLE — A choice between two candidates in the Pipers Gap District is the only contested race for the Carroll Board of Supervisors this fall.
    Republican incumbent Tom Littrell will face a challenge from independent Robert “Robbie” McCraw on Nov. 5 in the first election after Carroll County implemented staggered terms.
    The fall general election also features two incumbent supervisors who are running unopposed in their districts — Joshua Hendrick in Laurel Fork and Phil McCraw in Fancy Gap.

  • Wildwood project making progress

    Ken McFadyen and Mandy Archer, representatives of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA) and the Blue Ridge Crossroads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), had impressive numbers to show members of Galax City Council at their October meeting on Monday.
    McFadyen began the presentation by outlining some of the economic development accomplishments BRCEDA has achieved this year, including an update on the current state of Wildwood Commerce Park in Carroll County.

  • Fatal shooting under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — Authorities received a report of an accidental fatal shooting at 70 Rippey Hollow Road in Pipers Gap involving a 29-year-old man last Wednesday.
    Law enforcement got the call just before 9 p.m., according to Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    Police identify the man killed as Kevin Heath Frazier.

  • Pollock, Patton engagement announced

    Royal and Joyce Tharpe of South Hill and David Pollock of Blackstone announced the engagement of their daughter, Krystal Leigh Pollock of South Hill to Robert Chad Patton of South Hill.
    The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Anne Pollock of Blackstone and Mary Stables and the late Otis Thomas of South Hill.

    The prospective groom is the father of Ella and Kira Patton. He is the son of the late Robert Patton of Galax, and Tim and Nancy Huff of Clarksville.

  • Johnson, Bryson to marry

    Mr. and Mrs. Gary Johnson announce the engagement and marriage of their daughter, Kelly Michele of Raleigh, N.C., to Jamar Lavelle Bryson, son of the late Pandora Bryson and foster son of Frank and Carolyn Robinson of Galax.

    The wedding is Oct. 5 at Hayes Barton United Methodist church in Raleigh, N.C.
    A honeymoon to Hawaii is planned.
    The couple will reside in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Patton, Byron exchange vows

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Leanne Darlene Patton and James Corey Byron were united in marriage June 29 in Memorial Chapel at Fort Campbell Army Post. The ceremony was officiated by Chaplain Jose M. Rondon.
    The bride is the daughter of Ray and Lisa Patton of Hillsville, Va. She is the granddaughter of Carl and Joyce Caudill of Fancy Gap, Va., and Essie and the late Phil Patton of Hillsville, Va.

  • Public record for 10/9/13

    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 May in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Fewer flea market vendors means less economic impact

    HILLSVILLE — The Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market shed another 124 vendors in 2013 and has dropped by a third of its 2003 numbers.
    While parties on the ground reported good shopper attendance in 2013, fewer vendors means less impact on the local economy, because of a decrease in the funds that change hands between vendors to the land owners with spaces to rent to them.
    In the last decade, 2003 saw the most interest from vendors in setting up at the flea market, according to licensing figures from the Town of Hillsville. That year, 1,880 vendors came to town.

  • Weatherman running for school board in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Fred Weatherman of Independence is running for election for the Elk Creek District seat on the Grayson County School Board in the Nov. 5 general election.
    Weatherman, 66, is no stranger to the school board. He served two terms, 1996-2003, including three years as chairman.
    “Our school system is a business,” Weatherman said. “Our product is our kids.”

  • Police: suspect impersonating Grayson officer

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of an unidentified man who is posing as a law enforcement officer.
    A college student was traveling east on U.S. 58 at around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 when a vehicle with flashing blue and red lights attached to the driver’s visor of a white Buick pulled him over at the wayside near Baywood.