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  • Public Record from May 16-17, 2018

    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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in December of 2017, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public Record from May 9-10, 2018

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in December of 2017, in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Carroll approves $85.7M budget

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County Board of Supervisors adopted and appropriated the fiscal year 2019 budget and tax rates at its May 14 meeting.

    The total appropriation of $85.7 million was approved by unanimous vote. The budget includes no tax increase.

    That total includes general operating expenditures of $42.6 million, the Carroll County Public Schools’ operating budget of $43.1 million and a library fund of $8,000.

  • Worried about becoming dependent on opioids?

    Each day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Patients and family members who are prescribed opioids for pain relief may worry about growing dependent on the medication. Dr. Charles Dunham is a psychiatrist and internal medicine physician who sees patients in several Winston-Salem, N.C.-area locations. Dunham has answers for some of the most commonly asked questions about taking opioids to relieve pain.

  • Hillsville digs up 1968 time capsule

    HILLSVILLE – Saturday evening was full of excitement in the town of Hillsville as residents reminisced to the sound of hotrods and classic tunes, leading up to the revealing of the 1968 time capsule on Main Street.

    Mayor Greg Crowder opened with a warm welcome to the town and a brief history. “This time capsule was buried here when I was three years old. I can remember that and I thank the Lord that I made it that long,” to see it unburied.

    The capsule was buried in front of Shining Star Salon, formerly Carroll Drug.

  • Mailbox vandalism suspects arrested

    Staff Report

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that two arrests have been made in an investigation of multiple reports of mailbox vandalism throughout the county.

    In the early morning hours of May 14, deputies arrested suspects Ethan Jackson, 18, of Independence, and Dustin Testerman, 18, of Fries. Both were charged with vandalizing mailboxes in Grayson County.

    According to the sheriff’s office, several residents have been reporting damaged mailboxes in recent months.

  • Grayson offered chance to join opioid lawsuit

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been given the opportunity to join other Southwest Virginia counties in filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has opted to join the lawsuit; Galax City Council is still considering it.

  • Grayson outduels Galax

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County managed to avoid a disastrous beginning, was able to answer several Galax threats with rallies of its own and eventually held on for a 6-4 Mountain Empire District softball win Thursday at the Grayson County Rec Park.

    The Blue Devils upped their record to 13-5 overall with the win and improved to 8-1 in the league while the Maroon Tide settled at 10-6 overall, 7-3 in the MED.

    Galax was able to battle into a tie twice in the final three innings but on both occasions, Grayson County answered a rally with a rally.

  • Calling all Hotline callers

    The Gazette did not receive enough Hotline calls this week to run the column in this week’s editions.

    We can’t believe we just typed that.

    It never happens, but here we are.

    Maybe everyone’s potholes were filled and the government didn’t do anything dumb this week.

    Is the spring weather so nice that everyone is too happy to call? Or, did spring bring so much pollen that our regular callers are too sedated on Benadryl?

    It can’t be that you ran out of topics to discuss.

  • Once homeless, Galax woman overcomes odds to graduate

    Submitted by Jill Ross & Katherine Asbury

    Wytheville Community College

    Statistically speaking, she shouldn’t even be in college. It should have been almost impossible. After all, children who’ve been in foster care as teenagers have about a 3 percent chance of ever earning a college degree.

    But Destiny Moody refused to be another statistic. In fact, she’s defied the odds most of her life.

    On Saturday, she did it again.