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  • Public record for 11/20/13 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.

    Land Transfers

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

  • Carroll County coach: I just felt like it was time

    HILLSVILLE –– Tom Hale set a pretty high standard for himself when he took over the Carroll County High School football program 15 years ago.

    “I always told myself that when I had two losing seasons in a row I would resign,” he said.

    Considering Carroll County had put together back-to-back winning seasons just four times in the previous 30 years, Hale’s 15-year tenure is pretty remarkable.

  • Grayson County girls fourth in Group 2A

    THE PLAINS –– Led by an all-state effort from Mary Beth Cunningham, Grayson County took fourth place in the team competition at the Group 2A state cross country championships, held Saturday at the Great Meadows course.

    Cunningham, a sophomore, placed ninth in the field to pace the Blue Devils, covering the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

    Grayson County finished with 119 points, holding off Strasburg for the No. 4 spot. George Mason was second overall with 90 points and Floyd County finished third with 99.

  • Conley, Tide grab state title

    THE PLAINS –– Galax won its first state cross country championship after chasing it for 25 years. Leading the way for the Maroon Tide was a kid who is now 1-for-1 as an individual.

    Taking up cross country this fall mostly as a means to stay in shape for basketball, rookie runner Cliff Conley claimed the individual Group 1A state championship while gutsy performances by several Tide runners boosted Galax to the team title by a mere two points over Radford at the Great Meadows cross country course near Manassas.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/20/13

    What nerve
    How can people who have health insurance sit there and deny others the same thing? They also say, “if you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat.” And they work a few days a month. They never work the holidays and they always tack on another week or two. If they don’t work, they shouldn’t eat either and they definitely shouldn’t get paid. What nerve they have.

    Charge questioned

  • DEA warns of synthetic drug danger

    Effective Nov. 15, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made three synthetic phenethylamines illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.
    “These drugs are marketed online and through illicit channels as illicit hallucinogens such as LSD,” said a news release from the DEA, shared by Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan. “They have been encountered as powders, liquid solutions, soaked onto blotter paper and laced on edible items.”

  • Bedwell gives up gifts to help others

    When nine-year-old Dylan Bedwell was asked what he wanted for his birthday this year, he gave his family a surprising answer.
    He didn’t ask for toys, games, clothes or money. Instead, he wanted to do something special for others.
    Bedwell, who turned 10 on Nov. 19, is asking friends and family to skip getting him presents this year, and instead make a donation of food and/or other basic necessities to The Galax Hope House during his birthday party this Saturday.

  • PSA appeals order to repay federal funds

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll Public Service Authority officials say that the lack of an environmental report for the Joy Ranch Road sewer line led to Rural Development asking the county to return $266,000 in federal funding.
    The authority, after repaying the money, has appealed the federal agency’s ruling, PSA Chairman Tom Littrell told The Gazette. The appeal is still in process.

  • Pastor dies in hunting accident

    A 60-year-old Fries man died Nov. 16 while hunting in the Clito section of Grayson County.
    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Sam Kinzer, a local pastor, was hunting with his grandsons when he fell out of his tree stand on Saturday, the opening day of firearms hunting season.
    The Fries Volunteer Rescue Squad responded, but Kinzer died at the scene.
    Vaughan said Kinzer’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Roanoke on Monday for an autopsy to help determine the cause of death.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/18/13

    Works both ways
    A lot of stores and gas stations have signs up saying, “don’t be on cell phones in the checkout line.” They consider it rude and don’t want it to happen. Isn’t it just as rude to walk into a service station or store and the cashier is sitting there on a cell phone and talking? If customers shouldn’t be on their phones in the checkout line, don’t you think the cashier should not be on their phone either? It just makes common sense to me. What goes around, comes around. Do it both ways.