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Today's News

  • New Galax police chief begins term

    DeWitt Cooper’s path to becoming the new chief of the Galax Police Department starts in New York and ends in Southwest Virginia, a place he’s adopted as his new home.

    “I was born in New York City,” and grew up there, says Cooper. “I like it. I love it!”

    However, Cooper — calm, friendly, affable — has gotten used to Galax quickly.

    He started working with departing Chief Rick Clark on Sept. 10 to learn the ropes and get a feel for the community.

  • All local schools accredited

    Staff Report

    All 18 schools across three divisions in Galax, Carroll and Grayson are fully accredited under new state standards, but the new system also requires some schools to implement action plans or undergo academic review based on test scores.

    The Virginia Department of Education on Thursday reported the first school ratings under new state accreditation standards designed to promote continuous achievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand accountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.

  • Carroll investigates 34 larceny cases

    A series of break-ins in Carroll County has sparked investigations by local law enforcement after multiple calls reported items missing from vehicles.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are investigating 34 incidents of cars being entered and money and firearms being stolen, during the night time hours of Sept. 25 and the early morning hours of Sept. 26.

  • Lord’s Acre cancelled due to field conditions

    Despite a renewed interest from churches, more of whom would have participated this year, the annual Lord’s Acre Sale in Galax has been canceled this year due to weather.

    Thomas Lee, who organizes the event with the United Workers for Christ, had expressed concern earlier this week that rain might create poor conditions on the ground in Felts Park.

    “We just don’t feel that it’s doing to be dry enough for us to drive across the ground that’s been repaired [from the Fiddlers’ Convention],” said Lee.

  • Something To Do from Sept. 28-30, 2018

    Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG)

    • Smallfoot (PG)

    • The Nun (R)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time

    Music

  • Public Record from Sept. 26-27, 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 April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be suspended:

  • Something To Do from Sept. 21-23, 2018

    Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG)

    • The Predator (R)

    • The Nun (R)

    Music

  • Public Record from Sept. 19-20, 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 April in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Something To Do from Sept. 14-16, 2018

    Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Alpha (PG-13)

    • The Meg (PG-13)

    • The Predator (R)

    • The Nun (R)

    Music

  • Public Record from Sept. 12-13, 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 the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: