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Today's News

  • Feeding the needy

    INDEPENDENCE — Bona Dee Murray remembers going hungry when she and her mom ran out of food when she was just a young girl. 

    When their shelves were bare, churches helped to feed them. 

    About 10 years ago, it became Murray's dream for First United Methodist Church of Independence to collect food and donate it to those in need through Social Services. 

  • Sweepstakes businesses taking a gamble in Va.

    HILLSVILLE — While Internet sweepstakes businesses in Virginia currently fall into a legal gray area, Carroll County has seen the number of such operations increase five-fold.

    State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has issued opinions saying that some kinds of sweepstakes activities that constitute gambling are illegal, but other practices are allowed under law.

    Carroll Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad hopes that the General Assembly will act to write a law that ends the confusion.

  • Sexton, Dickens marry

    Marissa Daniele Sexton and David Thomas Dickens were united in marriage at Camp Dickenson by the Rev. Leo Phillips on Aug. 7, 2010.
    The bride was escorted to the altar by her father, and given in marriage by her family.
    The bride is the daughter of William and Doris Sexton of Max Meadows, and Dennis and Julia Swan of Sumiton, Ala.

    Her paternal grandparents are Helena Sexton and the late Charles Sexton of Galax. Her maternal grandparents are Colin Robinson and the late Betty Jo Robinson, of Waycross, Ga.

  • Brewer, Monk marry

    Melinda Sue Brewer and Timothy Allen Monk were united in marriage Oct. 16 at Fairview Baptist Church by Pastor Sam Holder.
    The bride is the daughter of Jimmy and JoAnne Brewer of Galax, and Peggy and James Carroll of Galax.
    The groom is the son of JoAnn Monk and the late Rev. James Monk of Galax.

    The couple’s daughters Skylar Rose and Autumn Starr Monk attended, as well as family and friends.
    The couple resides in Galax.

  • Hall, Shaw exchange vows

    Paul Wayne Shaw and Jennifer Edwards Hall were united in marriage on June 19, 2010.
    The couple had a private ceremony at the home of Charlie and Sandy Alderman. Close friends and family attended.
    The bride is the daughter of John Paul Edwards and the late Ruth Edwards of Galax. She is the granddaughter of the late Worth and Etoile Edwards of Galax and Martha Jones of Wilmington, Ohio.
    The groom is the son of James Shaw and the late Nellie Mae Shaw of Davy, W.Va.

  • Public record for 11/17/10 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 Aug. 23-Sept. 7 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Suspicious fire near Fries under investigation

     FRIES — The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant mobile home near Fries on the evening of Nov. 12.

    Fries Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 210 Bainbridge Rd, near Providence School, around 4:20 p.m. after a neighbor reported smoke coming from the home.

    Assistant Fire Chief Jimmy Stuart, who was in the vicinity, was first on scene. Upon arrival, Stuart noticed "heavy, black smoke about three feet off the floor," but no visible flames.

  • Authority to take over grants

     HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's grant writer position will move under the umbrella of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, as grant writing services go regional.

    Paperwork before the Carroll County Board of Supervisors for approval at its Nov. 11 meeting outlined the reasons for the change — streamlining operations and increasing efficiency.

  • Galax school division achieves accreditation

     Galax schools were recently accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the state Department of Education, Galax Schools' Superintendent Bill Sturgill told school board members on Nov. 9.

  • Man to serve 6 years for child porn

     ROANOKE — A Dugspur  man who tried to order child pornography from an undercover agent from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, was sentenced last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

    Ronald Alexander Dawson, 28, previously pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography that had been shipped or mailed in interstate or foreign commerce.