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  • Public record for 01/09/13 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 September in the Grayson County General District Court office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Maroon Tide girls open MED with 15-point win

    Galax built a nine-point lead by the end of the first quarter and gradually pulled away from Graham the rest of the evening, opening Mountain Empire District girls’ play with a 49-34 win Friday night.

    Paige Hanks hit three 3-pointers and led all scorers with 17 points for the Maroon Tide (6-5 overall, 1-0 district) while Carolyn Vaughan added 10 points.

    Emaleigh Gallinger led the G-Girls (6-5, 0-1) with 10 points.


    Graham.......5    9    8  12––34

  • Grayson fades in MED opener

    MAX MEADOWS –– Grayson County has looked like the team to beat as the Mountain Empire District girls’ basketball teams worked their way through the nondistrict portion of their schedules. The Blue Devils still very well may be that team, but they’re starting out in a hole.

    Fort Chiswell got it done from the foul line in the final minute and surprised Grayson County 67-59 Friday, opening MED play with a huge win. 

  • OT is OK this time around

    MAX MEADOWS –– In its two overtime games this season, Grayson County has given up a total of three points in the extra sessions. The Blue Devils were actually able to score a few themselves this time around.

    Blanked in a one-point OT loss to Carroll County a couple of weeks ago, Grayson County scored the first seven points of overtime and limited Fort Chiswell to one field goal in the OT period, taking a 63-52 win in the Mountain Empire District opener for both schools.

  • The Gazette's 2012 Editorial Awards

    2012 is over, but don’t worry — it’s not the end of the world.
    Or maybe you should worry.
    With some of the weird stuff that went on last year, we suspect that a lot of folks were getting the crazy out of their systems because they thought there would be no one to hold them accountable after the whole thing went ka-blooey.

  • Rescue squad giving assets to non-profits

    HILLSVILLE  — Officers with the Hillsville Rescue Squad have decided how to proceed with the agency’s last act  — disbursing its remaining cash assets.
    The rescue squad has been shuttered since a controversy involving a former captain using an ambulance to move furniture, but the organization lingered as members hoped to resuscitate it.
    After clearing out the station on Main Street and selling the equipment and supplies, the rescue squad has set up the process to grant funds to other community organizations.

  • Inspirational living techniques comfort mind, body and spirit


    With my eyes closed and my mind clear, I focus on the task in front of me: confronting an emotion that most people don’t put at the forefront of their mind, at least if they can help it.
    The feeling in question: doubt, an emotion that plagues everyone at certain points in their lives.
    “Allow yourself to feel doubt in your mind, to completely feel it, and let me know when you are there,” coaches Cindy Halley.

  • Hospital reports progress in merger's first year

    The April 1, 2012, change that made Twin County Regional Healthcare part of the Duke Lifepoint hospital system has pointed the Galax hospital toward expanding its physician base and seeking new medical office space.
    The changeover also led to four times the typical annual investment in new clinical equipment and facility improvements.
    Those were among highlights of a review of 2012 and look at 2013 that TCRH Chief Executive Officer Jon Applebaum outlined last Thursday at a meeting of its community advisory groups.

  • Man dies in farm tractor accident


    The Galax Fire Department and the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad responded to a call Thursday evening when a tractor reportedly flipped over and killed Robert L. “Buster” Coomes of Galax.
    Coomes was found dead at the scene, said Fire Chief David Hankley.
    According to an incident report, Coomes was operating an enclosed cab tractor with a front end loader when the accident occurred.
    “Mr. Coomes was ejected from the tractor, but he was not pinned,” said Hankley.

  • Readers' Hotline 1/7/13

    Caution for Fries
    You say government spends too much. Yet, when a few in Fries want a birding trail, you have your hand out for $185,000. Now, that is a little too much for a path down the riverbank. I have nothing against the fire department, but instead of a birding trail, maybe Fries needs some caution lights so when the firemen are doing 60 mph down Main Street with only a small light on their dash, people could be warned.

    Pick and choose