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  • The Sweet Science of BBQ

    "It's not rocket science. It's not saving lives. It's just barbecue," says Lonnie Smith of Bubba Grills, explaining why he has devoted his life to smoking pork and chasing trophies. "It's about food. It's about family."
    Smith shouldn't sell himself short. While the Haddock, Ga., team — this year's grand champion of the 6th Annual Smoke On The Mountain state barbecue cook-off in Galax, held this past weekend — looks at cooking as fun, there's some sweet science involved.

  • Public record for 7/21/10 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September 2009 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • New cameras can recognize, analyze license plates

    INDEPENDENCE —  The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is using a recently acquired new technology that allows officers to automatically read license plates and compare them to wanted vehicle databases.
    The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) was paid for with a state Homeland Security grant.

  • Change in the air

    Nitrogen-inflated tires, the big buzz for the past couple of years in the automotive world, could save consumers at least $100 a year on fuel and tires, said Jeff Campbell, owner of Twin County Tire & Auto, located on North Main and Webster streets in Galax.

  • AmerLink files counterclaims against Carroll

     WILSON, N.C. — Representatives of AmerLink are countersuing Carroll County, alleging more than a million dollars in damages caused by interference by the locality in the failed economic development deal.

  • Couple sentenced in ID theft case

    ROANOKE — An Elk Creek couple who admitted to stealing the identity of an elderly man for whom they provided in-home care were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke Monday.
    Robbie Kevin Poole, 50, and his wife, Kathryn Rebecca Poole, 58, each pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

  • Gold carts stolen, damaged

    Three juveniles from Alleghany County, N.C., face charges after three golf carts were damaged at Longview Golf Course last week.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call last Tuesday from golf course personnel, located off U.S. 58 near Baywood, reporting three golf carts missing.
    Vaughan said the carts were later found in a wooded area, all damaged. He said flashlights had also been taped to one of the carts.

  • Kohl, Adams reappointed to lead school board

    Ray Kohl was reappointed as chair of the Galax School Board, and Jim Adams was reappointed as vice chair, during the July 13 board meeting.    
    Board members also reappointed clerk Kara Graham and deputy clerks Rebecca Cardwell and Kathy Halsey; reappointed Donna Garland to the governor's school board and Stewart Merdian as alternate; and assigned Helen Kyle to attend the Virginia School Boards Association meeting.

  • 2010 Smoke On The Mountain Winners

    2010 Smoke On The Mountain
    Virginia State BBQ Championship Winners

    Grand Champion — Bubba Grills, Haddock, Ga.
    (Because this team has already won a place in next year's event, runners-up Killer Hogs of Olive Branch, Miss., will represent Galax and the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 2011 Memphis Barbecue Network world championship.)

    Whole Hog
    • Killer Hogs — 1st
    • Bubba Grills — 2nd

  • Airport runway project on schedule

    HILLSVILLE — Rarely has dirt seemed such a commodity for an airport, but Twin County Airport officials see progress on the horizon with each cubic yard moved.
    Unavoidable dust has rolled into the air during the recent heatwave as Sowers Construction pushes and scoops up 135,000 cubic yards of earth to fill holes in the federally mandated runway safe project.