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  • Public record for 10/30/13 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in June in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Company settles sexual harassment suit

    ROANOKE — Saltville-based Southwest Virginia Community Health System Inc. (SVCHS) will pay $30,000 to settle a Grayson County sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC), the agency recently announced.
    The EEOC’s suit alleged that Karen Ross, a female receptionist at SCVHS’s Troutdale clinic in Grayson, which closed last year, was sexually harassed by a male patient during her employment there.

  • Motorcyclist charged after police chase

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County deputies charged a 34-year-old Galax man Sunday after he allegedly tried to elude officers and ditch a pistol in the Hebron community, according to police reports.

  • Grayson grand jury charges 11

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 11 people on 31 charges last Friday.
    Richard Otto Alley of Galax was indicted on six counts of forgery and six counts of uttering a forged document. He is accused of writing checks on the account of Brenda and Richard Anders.
    Jackie Ray Long of Independence was indicted on five counts of grand larceny of a firearm and one count of grand larceny. He allegedly took the guns from Brandon McClure.

  • Three seek 6th District seat

    In the race to fill the vacancy in the Virginia House of Delegates 6th District left by the retiring Anne B. Crockett-Stark, three candidates will appear on the ballot Nov. 5 in the Twin Counties.
    The candidates seeking to become the next representative for Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties are Democrat Jonathan Lee McGrady of Hillsville, Republican Jeffrey L. Campbell of Saltville and independent Barbara T. Hall of Marion.

  • Ghost hunting with Operation Spiritseekers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    After readying the equipment and flipping off the lights, three members of Lambsburg-based paranormal team Operation Spiritseekers marched into the basement of a Galax restaurant.
    Their trip down the steep stairs lead into a dark basement, where Rachel McDonald placed several pieces of electronic equipment and sensors, a flashlight and a ball  — all devices that a spirit could use to communicate with the living — in a cluster on the basement floor. Standing back, she spoke into the blackness.

  • Scream Queen

    HILLSVILLE — What has it taken for a zombie nurse named Ingaborg Twitch to become a recognizable local figure in a world full of creeps?
    The short answer is blood, sweat and urine.
    While the sweat is real enough, the blood is fake and the urine belongs to those who get particularly shocked by Lesley Catron and the scare troupe Reeking Havok.
    Fright fame might seem like just an apparition for many haunted house spooks, but Hillsville hosts a real local “scare-lebrity.”

  • Arrest Reports 10/28/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Strike team trains for dangerous cases

    HILLSVILLE — After keeping a low profile for months, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office tactical team arrived on the scene when assisting at a recent Galax drug bust.
    Though this is the first time the team has been noticed publicly in a law enforcement situation, leader Seth Greer — also a sheriff’s office investigator — said the eight members trained for about a year before going to work in March.
    The goal is to keep the community and officers in the commission of their duty safe, Greer explained.

  • Ghost Stories: Writer shares spooky tales

    Author Joe Tennis has collected dozens of ghost stories from throughout Southwest Virginia and Tennessee for his latest book — tales of spectres, witches, phantom trains and an apocalyptic cyclone.
    Earlier this year, Tennis held listeners in his thrall at a discussion of these supernatural stories at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. It was part of an ongoing series to teach locals about the area’s heritage.
    A native of Virginia Beach who lives in Bristol, Tennis, 44, is a columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier. He has also written for Virginia Living.