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  • Public record for 1/29/14 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.

    Marriages

    These marriage licenses were recorded in October of 2013 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Man killed in sawmill accident

    FRIES — A worker at a lumber mill in Grayson County was killed during his shift on Wednesday morning.
    According to a report from Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members from his department and Fries Rescue Squad were called to C&B Lumber in Fries at 8:36 a.m.  
    The caller reported an accident at the facility. Upon arrival, officers found Dennis Carlie Johnson, 55, of Turkey Knob Road, deceased.

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  • Galax receives $80,000 law enforcement grant

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff
    Grant funding projects remained a steady topic of conversation during Galax City Council’s Jan. 13 meeting.
    A glance at the city’s packed agenda for the evening included a grant announcement from the Galax Police Department, and a grants update from City Grants Administrator Brenda Marrah.
    Police Chief Rick Clark said his department received a state Department of Criminal  Justices Services grant totaling $80,000.

  • Grayson grand jury issues 17 indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 17 people on Jan. 24.
    Rhonda Weagle and Christina Dawn Smith were each charged with grand larceny and statutory burglary for breaking into the home of Tanya Lundy and stealing property valued at more than $200.
    Other charges included:
    • Zachary Lee Funk – possession of stolen property
    • Kayla LeAnn Patino – possession of stolen property

  • Carjacker sentenced to 22 years in prison

    BHILLSVILLE — A Woodlawn man who attempted to steal a vehicle from the parking lot of Dawn Auction at gunpoint — but instead ended up getting shot himself  — got 22 years in prison at a sentencing hearing last week.

  • Senator backs zoning referendum bill

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson supervisors’ effort to put the future of zoning before county voters now has a sponsor in the General Assembly.
    A three-member majority of Grayson County supervisors voted Jan. 9 to direct county staff to pursue a special referendum vote on the issue of repealing the county’s zoning ordinance, which requires General Assembly approval.

  • Police captain training with FBI

    QUANTICO — Galax Police Capt. James Cox is attending the FBI National Academy for 10 weeks of specialized law enforcement training.
    He is the first Galax officer to ever attend the academy, and, according to Chief Rick Clark, one of only two who were chosen from the state of Virginia to attend this session.

  • Carroll man arrested after brush fires

    HILLSVILLE — An 18-year-old Sylvatus man has been charged with arson stemming from two brush fires on Jan. 26-27.

    Virginia State Police report that they investigated the brush fires in the vicinity of Double Cabin and Buckhorn roads in Carroll County — one of which occurred on Sunday, a day when Hillsville Fire Department members had to respond to multiple emergencies over an 11-hour span.

    The investigation resulted in two counts of arson against Bobby Eugene Wagner Jr., 18.

  • Grayson County boys top Glenvar

    INDEPENDENCE –– Grayson County was a combined eight points better than Glenvar in the first and third quarters, making for the difference as the Blue Devils defeated the Highlanders 57-49 in a nondistrict boys’ game Monday night.

    Grayson County (4-10) outscored Glenvar 13-9 in both the first and third periods and took a 40-30 lead after the third.

    Max Rodgers hit three 3-pointers and led the Blue Devils with 17 points while James Williams scored 14 for Grayson County.