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  • Carnival mystery solved

    Despite the broken tradition of a carnival for this July 4th week, people packed the Felts Park stands for the Galax Volunteer Fire Department's other attractions — such as the lawn mower race, demolition derby, parade, fireworks and motorcycle stunts — said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    Firefighters appreciated the support, given the pressure they were under last week. The department contracted with Tolve Amusements — or so it thought — to bring a carnival to town last week.

  • Swine flu exposure confirmed

    HILLSVILLE — Neither staff nor residents of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center have shown signs of sickness after potentially being exposed to a case of swine flu.

    The Mount Rogers Health District has confirmed that a case of swine flu has been found in its five-county and two-city coverage area, which includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax.

    The World Health Organization has declared a pandemic in the spread of the H1N1 virus to more than 70 countries and killed 170 people in the United States.

  • Carroll schools shuffle principals

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools has reshuffled many administrative jobs in between school years this summer.

    Personnel are still working to fill the vacancies at Carroll County High School created by the departures of both Principal Robbie Patton and Assistant Principal William Austin.

    The Carroll County School Board is expected to act on those positions at its July 14 meeting.

  • IDA denies Log Cabin Homes site plan

    HILLSVILLE — If the Industrial Development Authority is going to provide space in the industrial park for Log Cabin Homes, then at least Carroll should get some jobs out of it, county officials indicated Monday.

    As promised, Tom Vesce, owner of Log Cabin Homes, returned to the Carroll IDA with a revised site plan for his proposed timber drying yard in the county's industrial park.

  • U.S. Marshals apprehend fugitives

    Southwest Virginia is a little safer after local, state and federal law enforcement officers joined forces for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort in June.

    The fugitive task force Operation FALCON — the acronym for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally — soared into the region's 52 localities on June 1 and, by the end of the month, 742 fugitives had been apprehended and 1,175 outstanding warrants cleared.

  • Carrico Bridge to close in August

    FRIES — Motorists from parts of Fries will have to take the long way to Galax again in August, as repairs will close the Carrico Bridge on Virginia 94 for about two weeks next month.

    Matthew Cox of the Virginia Department of Transportation notified the Grayson County Board of Supervisors that maintenance on the 82-year-old, truss-type structure would begin sometime in mid-August and last approximately two weeks.

  • Carroll dog breeders face judge

    HILLSVILLE — Two Carroll County men facing several misdemeanor charges — each under Virginia's new “puppy mill” laws passed last year — told a judge they are out of the commercial dog breeding business.

    Confusion was in evidence as the first two cases tried under the new state law — against Donald Frazier of Austinville and Lanzie "Junior" Horton of Hillsville — came before Judge Edward Turner III in the Carroll County General District Court on Friday.

  • Grayson pushes drug discount cards

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are aggressively pushing a prescription drug discount card program that they believe is under-utilized.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet spoke about the National Association of Counties (NACo) program during the board of supervisors' regular meeting last week. It offers Grayson residents an average of 20 percent off prescription medicines.

    Sweet provided the board with a document showing that only 43 people in the county of more than 17,000 utilized the program in May.

  • Public record for 7/22/09 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. 215.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 10 – July 10 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Carroll sells Ivanhoe property

    HILLSVILLE — The sale of 49.2 acres of Carroll County land in Ivanhoe generated some $289,000 (minus auction fees) for use in economic development.

    Land once occupied by National Carbide Corp. got split between Wythe and Carroll counties when that facility closed and turned over property to the localities.

    The Carroll County Industrial Development Authority decided to sell its portion of land adjacent to New River Trail State Park at absolute auction last Saturday.