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  • Public record for 9/9/09 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 January in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Carrie D. Bobbitt of Galax, guilty of bad check larceny of $39.66; pay $81 costs.

  • 2009 GALAX OLD FIDDLERS' CONVENTION WINNERS

    Winners of the 74th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention

    Aug. 3-8, 2009

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER:

    Eric Harden, Warrensville, N.C. — Bluegrass Banjo

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Jake Krack — Orma, W.Va.

    2. Richard Bowman — Ararat

    3. Barbara Kuhns — Midway, Ohio

    4. Erynn Marshall — Galax

    5. Emily Shaad — Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

  • FIDDLERS' VIDEO: Chestnut Creek Ramblers

    Watch the Chestnut Creek Ramblers of Galax perform "Little Maggie" on Aug. 8 at the 74th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

  • FIDDLERS' VIDEO: Get Moving!

    A good song gets feet flying on the dance boards at the 74th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    Organizers said the convention on Aug. 14-15 went well, with good weather and attendance. They thanked everyone involved, including sponsors and those in attendance who made the convention a success.

    Winners included:

    YOUTH

    Old-time Fiddle

    1. Kali Taylor

    2. Timothy Hale

    3. Kitty Amaral

    4. Abby Hensley

    5. MacKenzie Maitland

    Bluegrass Fiddle

    1. Marlon Dean

    2. Laurel Brooke

    3. Sarah Bobbitt

    Mandolin

    1. Adam McPeak

    2. Lula Furtado

  • GUITAR STAR: Henderson subject of film

    Wayne C. Henderson has a festival that bears his name each fall in Grayson County, and he is known throughout the musical world as a master musician and instrument maker from the small community of Rugby.

    This Thursday, Henderson will be able to add another accomplishment to his career when a documentary film showcasing him premieres at the Rex Theater in Galax.

    “From Wood to Singing Guitar” is an Appalshop documentary film showing Henderson, a skilled craftsman and respected musician by his teenage years.

  • Galax schools make the grade

    Galax City Public Schools is one of just 25 Virginia school divisions — out of more than 100 — in which all schools met the 29 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance benchmarks established by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    Of these divisions, Galax was one of only 21 divisions in Virginia where all schools and the division as a whole made AYP for 2008-2009.

  • Boucher skeptical of 'government option' health care

    DUBLIN — Emotions ran high as about 1,200 people packed an auditorium at New River Community College on Tuesday to tell U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher why they opposed or supported the attempt to overhaul health care.

    Boucher, D-Abingdon, said he would not endorse or condemn any legislation during the three-hour town hall meeting, but he did offer insight into his thoughts on some key components of the latest proposals.

  • Waddell nurses allege unfair firing

    Melissa Reeves and Michelle Bateman say they didn't deserve to be fired from Waddell Nursing & Rehab after their allegations led to last month's arrests of two co-workers.

    Livia Crisan, 25, of Galax, and Sharon Walker, 39, of Fries, face criminal charges accusing them of taking pornographic and inappropriate pictures of residents with their camera phones without consent. They were terminated from Waddell as a result of an investigation.

    Reeves and Bateman had worked as certified nursing assistants at the Galax nursing home for more than two years.

  • Grayson extends line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE – For the second year in a row, Grayson County leaders were forced to borrow money after cash-flow challenges.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board of supervisors during its regular meeting Aug. 13 that the first drawdown of $2 million was received the day before.

    Sweet told The Gazette that the county took out a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note with Carter Bank & Trust by way of competitive bid to assist the county with cash-flow deficiencies.