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  • Public record for 10/23/13 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.

    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 appealed:

  • How a great day just got better for Galax

     If you noticed an odd buzzing sound Saturday afternoon and evening, it was probably the hubbub generated from what may turn out to be the greatest single game a Virginia high school ballcarrier has ever enjoyed.

    That’s saying a lot, considering Virginia’s public high schools have produced the likes of Edd Clark, Thomas and Julius Jones, the Barber twins, Alan Pinkett, Terry Kirby, Ahmad Bradshaw, Vic Hall, Philip Sims, Ronald Curry, Michael Vick, etc.

  • See Steven Run

    UPDATE: In the time since this story was written, the Virginia High School League has recognized Steven Peoples' 502 yards as the official state record, according to a story Wednesday in the Roanoke Times.

    The VHSL's Mike McCall is quoted in the story as saying, "It looks good to me. Five-oh-two is the record."

     

  • Readers' Hotline 10/21/13

    Regulate burning
    I am calling about Robinhood Road. I have neighbors that constantly burn. It would be nice if the city would have some type of ordinance against this type of burning. Some of us that have asthma try to get out and walk and enjoy these great fall days. Yet, these people burn for some unknown reason and pollute the air. It is very difficult for us older people to get out and enjoy our decks and walking because of this constant burning — every single day. I wish the city would do something about that.

  • Howard pleads guilty to wife's murder

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina fugitive arrested in Galax last year with his wife’s body in the back of his truck has been found guilty of second-degree murder and is now in prison, according to a representative of the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.  
    According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Sonny Howard, 44, was convicted on June 28 of killing his wife, 50-year-old Sherry Howard, after pleading guilty to the crime.

  • School honors beloved librarian

    CANA — St. Paul’s beloved librarian will continue to have an impact on the school and the community where she taught and touched the lives of students for 37 years.
    Joyce Slate had enough time in her career to make a generational impact on St. Paul students and on their sons and daughters, as she encouraged reading, sponsored the yearbook, documented the school year with her camera, took children on field trips and threw fundraising events to be able to afford those trips.

  • Fries VFD hosts rodeo and horse show

    FRIES — The Fries Volunteer Fire Department hosted a ranch rodeo and horse show on Oct. 11 and 12 at the Providence School grounds, featuring plenty of competitions and entertainment for visitors of all ages.

    Competitors from every skill level galloped into the ring, from stick ponies to racing steeds.

  • Galax gears up for big week

    MAX MEADOWS –– After sparring with the lightweights, Galax returns to among the heavyweight division this week. Thursday, the Maroon Tide tuned up for a big two days of competition by handling Fort Chiswell 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 in a Mountain Empire District match.

     

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    Galax upped its record to 13-3 overall, 6-1 in the MED by winning its fifth straight match, dropping just one set along the way in relatively easy victories over Bland County, Rural Retreat, Narrows, Graham and the Pioneers.

  • Aerial assault doesn’t slow C’burg

    HILLSVILLE—Carroll County managed to put up the second highest point total against Christiansburg Friday night, but in the end it wasn’t enough and the Cavaliers dropped their sixth straight game of the season, 64-22 in a River Ridge District game at Tommy Thompson Field.

    The Cavaliers (1-6, 0-5) hung with the high-powered Christiansburg (6-2, 4-1) offense for most of the first half on their home turf before surrendering 35 second-half points in a blowout loss.

  • Grayson overruns Bland Co.

    BASTIAN –– Grayson County’s first possession may have been a disaster, but the final three quarters were definitely catastrophic for Bland County.

    Grayson County shook off a ragged start and scored three touchdowns in the final 8:10 of the first half, eventually racing away with a 51-12 win in a Mountain Empire District game Friday.

    The Blue Devils got back above the .500 mark at 4-3 overall and squared their district record at 1-1. Bland County dropped its 21st straight game, falling to 0-7, 0-2.