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  • Public record for 1/7/15 edition

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    These marriage licenses were recorded in June in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

    Clarence Lee Thomas Jr., 45, and Ann Marie Babcock, 42, both of Fries.

    Mark Allen Bryant, 45, and Shawn Yvette Reddick, 39, both of Galax.

  • Dispatcher saves life on other end of line

    Tim Webb was working his routine shift as a communications officer at the Galax Police Department’s dispatch center on Dec. 29.

    It was around lunchtime, he said, and the call volume was picking up.

    Cheri Grable was in bed at Skyland Lakes near Fancy Gap, looking after her 17-month-old grandson, Aidan Paul Walker, lying next to her. Melissa, Cheri’s daughter and Aidan’s mother, was out getting medicine for him, as he was running a slight fever.

  • Alert officers catch church burglary suspect

    A New Mexico man wanted for the burglary of two New River Valley churches was caught last week after being recognized by two Galax Police Department communications officers.

    The suspect, Douglas Edward Miller, 42, of Taos, N.M., allegedly broke into the Dublin Church of God in December and stole $100; and also allegedly broke into two churches in central Radford. He was wanted by the police in both localities.

  • Man faces drug charges after task force search

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    WHITETOP – A 54-year-old Whitetop man was recently arrested on several drug charges following an ongoing investigation.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said a search warrant was executed by members of the sheriff’s office and the Twin County Drug Task Force at 51 Robin Lane in Whitetop.

    Vaughan said the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into alleged methamphetamine distribution in the Whitetop area of Grayson County.

  • McCraw named new Carroll supervisors' chairman

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and Public Service Authority (PSA) elected officers at organizational meetings held Monday.

    Phil McCraw, who represents the Fancy Gap District, was elected the new Board of Supervisors chairman. He was nominated by last year’s chairman, David Hutchins.

    Dr. Tom Littrell, who represents the Pipers Gap District, was elected vice-chairman after being nominated by Sam Dickson.

  • Padgett remembered for decades of service

    Most residents of Carroll County couldn’t get away without knowing Guy Padgett.

    In fact, the former county treasurer was known as an avid people person, who never met a stranger.

    “Whenever he would see a stranger, he would walk right up to them and ask, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And if they didn’t know, he would tell them,” said Darrell Jennings, former Commissioner of Revenue for the county. “He was a true politician, and he loved people. Guy was one of a kind, that’s for sure.”

  • Five charged in Woodlawn break-in, vandalism

    WOODLAWN — Two adults and three juveniles have been arrested on numerous charges in connection with a break-in to the former Woodlawn School building in November 2014.

  • Police arrest four in Galax incidents

    Four people were arrested in three separate incidents in the city recently, according to reports from the Galax Police Department.

    Two Carroll County residents were arrested on Dec. 17 after Galax police responded to a reported shoplifting incident at the Dollar General on South Main Street.

    Officers Chris Hines and Darrell Alley responded to the call and arrested Jason Lee Blankenship, 33, of Woodlawn and Donita K. Osegueda, 45, of Hillsville. Officers charged them with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

  • Trafficking in human lives

    Attorney General Mark R. Herring recently announced a statewide campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking in Virginia.

    Human trafficking, also referred to as modern slavery, is a practice in which people are forced or tricked into hard labor, prostitution or pornography in exchange for little to no money.

  • Readers Hotline 1/5/15

    Treat it right
    I’m calling about the way people treat their dogs. I know there are outdoor dogs and indoor dogs, but the ones that are outdoors deserve a little shelter. They don’t need to be tied out in the rain, in the snow, curling up with nothing under them. They are tied to a tie line so they are not going to go anywhere. Rain is pouring down on them. They are all curled up in the yard. They deserve better than that. For God’s sake, if you are going to have a dog, treat it right or just don’t have a dog.