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  • Public record for 2/26/14 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 land transfers were recorded Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2013, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Medicaid showdown could lead to state shutdown

    RICHMOND — If the high stakes of a fractious Medicaid expansion debate that threatens a state government shutdown weren’t clear before, they were after marathon legislative debates ended Feb. 20 with one side of the state Capitol accepting the idea and the other rejecting it.

  • Three facing drug charges in Galax

    The Galax Police Department advised that three individuals are facing drug charges after three separate and unrelated incidents.

  • Mountaintop Community Schools demonstrates teaching approach

    The makeshift “classroom” inside the main building of the Joy Ranch Home for Children buzzed with excitement on Saturday as parents joined in with students for an “observation learning” activity.
    This was just one of the activities that was scheduled during the three-hour mock classroom demonstration for Mountaintop Community Schools, a planned non-denominational Christian school that a group of parents and community members hope to begin in several areas throughout the Twin Counties.

  • Zoning to be fixed, not repealed

    INDEPENDENCE — The repeal of Grayson County’s zoning ordinance has been put on hold, at least for the time being, after a motion and rare unanimous vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors to table the repeal process on Feb. 18.

  • Readers' Hotline 2/26/14

    Inside out
    I believe smoking is a sin, there is no doubt. God said, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” Jesus said to keep the temple clean and that means keep it clean inside. The outside would take care of itself if you get the inside clean. Get saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. You will get cleaned up and quit those sinful habits. It don’t matter — the caller said about cleaning your own back porch off, don’t worry about cleaning your back porch off until you get the inside of the house (temple) clean first.

  • Local schools making up snow days

    Twin County school systems are re-examining their calendars in order to make up the days that have been lost due to inclement weather.
    Snow days have pushed school calendars as far back as two weeks in some localities, which could lead to extending semesters into the summer months, and the loss of certain holidays and teacher workdays.
    Galax City Schools had regular school days on Feb. 21 and 24, which were originally scheduled as teacher workdays.

  • Hillsville man faces federal distribution charges

    ROANOKE — Virginia State Police have charged a 38-year-old Hillsville man with distribution of a controlled substance from his home, according to federal records from U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

  • Grayson Co. goes through Graham to reach regionals

     RICHLANDS –– Grayson County rallied from a 38-31 fourth quarter deficit by pouring in 30 points in the final eight minutes and racing past Graham 61-51 in the Conference 39 semifinals Thursday at Richlands Middle School.

    Grayson County (16-8) avenged two regular-season losses by a total of six points to the G-Girls and locked up a bid to the Region 2A West tournament with the win.

  • Cavalier girls play on as the Conference 24 runner-up

    ROANOKE –– William Fleming used runs of 13-0 and 9-0 in the first half to take a 35-23 halftime lead and the Colonels went on to claim the Conference 24 girls basketball championship with a 58-49 win Friday over Carroll County.

    The end of the 13-point spurt boosted William Fleming (18-6) into a 22-14 lead but Carroll County battled back to within three points, cutting the gap to 26-23 on a Keely Lundy 3-pointer.

    The Colonels scored the final nine points of the half and were never in serious danger the rest of the way.