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  • Public record for 11/16/16 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 April in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Lights remind drivers to slow down near school

    The Carroll County School Board has seen a two-year project finally come to fruition at Oakland Elementary School with the installation of new school zone caution lights.

    The lights are the newest programmable technology from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. A set was also installed at Carroll County Middle School in Hillsville.

  • Homeowner injured in debris fire

    A brush fire at Trapper Drive on Sunday caused apparently minor injury to one person, according to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mike Ayers.

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 7:34 p.m. to a debris burn that had gotten out of control and reached a wooded area on Trapper Drive. Firefighters arrived to find approximately half an acre involved. The fire was within a few feet of the residence. The burn involved not only vegetation, but tires, debris and animal sheds.

  • Carroll County issues burn ban

    HILLSVILLE – The Office of Emergency Services in Carroll County has issued a ban on burning and declared a local emergency due to extremely dry conditions. The ban went into effect at 8 a.m. on Nov. 14 and will remain in effect until further notice.

    According to a release from Everett Lineberry, emergency management coordinator for the county, the declaration is in response to fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger. With the already dry conditions the area is experiencing, there is no rainfall in weather predictions for weeks.

  • Driver charged in Hillsville collision

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – A two-vehicle accident in Hillsville on Nov. 7 was a quick cleanup with no injuries, although one driver does faces charges.

    According to a report from Officer Bobby Melton with the Hillsville Police Department, the accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. at 1356 Carrollton Pike, the intersection of U.S. 58 and the Interstate 77 northbound off ramp at Exit 14.

  • Huge half advances Tide

    Up until the final night of the regular season, it was looking as if Galax would be hosting Bland County in the first round of the playoffs. It turned out that the Maroon Tide’s postseason opponent wasn’t a repeat of a Week 8 game, but the story line was.

  • Hillsville man dies after crash

    Staff Report

    HILLSVILLE – The Virginia State Police are currently investigating a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a Carroll County man. The accident occurred on Nov. 11 on U.S. 52.

    According to a news release from Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, Trooper P.K. Cheek is investigating the two-vehicle crash that occurred around 7:45 a.m. on Friday on 52, less than a mile north of Route 685 (Skyview Road).

  • Readers Hotline 11/14/16

    Good ole Tabitha
    Somewhere in Galax there is a utility locator employee named Tabitha. She gave me a jump when my old pickup died and I hope her boss knows what a good-hearted employee they have.

    For the public

  • Fire departments battle blaze in Fries

    FRIES — The Fries and Galax fire departments were dispatched to a brush and outbuilding fire in Fries last Wednesday morning, when a trash burn from the night before rekindled the next day.

    According to a statement from Fries Fire Assistant Chief Jimmy Underwood, the departments were dispatched to Twin Pond Lane at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 9.

    At the scene, the departments extinguished the fire that covered roughly two acres of land, as well as an outbuilding on the property. They were on scene for around an hour and a half.

  • Vets honored at memorial

    A Veterans Day ceremony was held at the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial in Galax on Nov. 11, featuring American Legion Post #245, the Galax JROTC unit and color guard and the Galax High School Band.

    The memorial is located next to the Galax Public Library.

    Prior to the ceremony, the band played a selection of music as the crowd gathered. The JROTC presented colors and the band played the “National Anthem” while the crowd saluted or placed their hands over their hearts.