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Today's News

  • Readers' Hotline 5/4/16

    Litter patrol
    I would like to say the people who cleaned on Virginia 94, Brush Creek Mountain, really did a good job and I appreciate how clean it looks through there. I wish everyone would not throw trash out. These people have to work hard to pick it up. But if I was able, I would be helping these people pick up trash myself. The people that did that, it all leads to what the community looks at and that you care. Thanks again.

    Plea agreement

  • She's 95

    Rubye Cockerham of Galax, celebrated her 95th birthday April 1, 2016, with her family at Porky’s Family Restaurant.

    She was married to the late Milo Cockerham for 61 years and they had four children, Danny, Jimmy, Randy and Susan.
    She has 11 grandchildren living and one deceased. She also has two great-grandsons.

  • Turns eight

    Aaliyah Locklear will celebrate her 8th birthday May 6 with family and friends. She is the daughter of David Locklear and Ami Harrison, and stepfather Claude Harrison.

    Her brother is Eli  Harrison. She is the granddaughter of Terry and Wayne Locklear and Della Edwards. Viola Gravely is her great-grandmother.

  • Preston, Nelson to marry

    The upcoming marriage of Rachel Preston and Joshua Nelson was recently announced by Gregory and Rebecca Nelson of Baywood, and Byrd and Suzanne Preston of Abingdon.

    Rachel Preston was graduated from Abingdon High School in 2006 and Emory & Henry College in 2010. She is a recruiting coordinator at SpaceX’s Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas.

  • Sluss is two

    William Cayson Sluss turned age 2 on Feb. 25. He celebrated at Fairview Church with a dinosaur-themed party with family and friends.

    He is the son of Scott and Cindy Sluss of Galax. He has one brother, Brandon, and one sister, Madison Sluss. Grandparents are Robert and Regina Lundy of Ennice, N.C., and Bud and Pat Sluss of Tazewell.

  • Public record for 4/27/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2015 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 5/4/16 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 additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2015 in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • MAY 3 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results of the May 3 town and city council elections in the Twin Counties are based on information from the Virginia State Board of Elections. A • next to a name indicates a winner.

    GALAX

    (6 candidates for 3 seats)

    Cathy Blevins — 90 (11.8%)

    • Bill Davis — 217 (28.44%)

    • Ches Helmick — 144 (18.9%)

    Jason Jordan — 51 (6.7%)

    • Sharon Plichta — 175 (22.9%)

    Robert Williams — 85 (11.1%)

  • Carroll narrowing budget gap

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County budget committee is looking to amend the school system’s funding request to make up a shortfall in its 2016-2017 spending plan, and might recommend a personal property tax increase to pay for other expenses.

    The committee met April 29 to discuss the budget and how to continue to close what started as a $3.5 million gap.

  • Good Stewards: students compete for best conservation ideas

    INDEPENDENCE — Cash prizes were awarded to Grayson High School students in the 2016 Grayson LandCare Land Stewardship Competition, held April 23 at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

    Eighth grader Mary Ellen Wingate was awarded the $1,000 first prize for her project, “Recycle and Redesign: Doggone Tired.”