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  • County policies challenged

    HILLSVILLE — Why rush an unnecessary update to the comprehensive plan while at the same time delaying the real estate reassessment?

    That's question one citizen wants Carroll supervisors to answer.

    When most county residents wanted to talk about a proposed nuisance dog ordinance at the Dec. 7 meeting of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, Mike Goldwasser wanted the county officials to explain the differences in their decisions on the comprehensive plan and the reassessment.

    A comprehensive plan helps a locality set goals for 20 years into the future.

  • Meth, guns, cash seized near school

    Two North Carolina men have been charged with drug distribution for allegedly selling drugs on school property in Carroll County.

    Sheriff Warren Manning said deputies responded to Gladeville School around 1 a.m. on Dec. 23, in reference to a call about a vehicle sitting behind the school on Glendale Road.

    Deputies Bobby Lyons and Barry Lineberry found two men sitting in the vehicle. After obtaining permission to search the 2002 Chrysler 300M, the deputies recovered two ounces of methamphetamine and a 9mm pistol.

  • Grayson students excel in college

    INDEPENDENCE — On a night filled with bad news of state funding cuts and delays in the opening of a new school, Grayson County leaders were proud to share with the school board how the school system is preparing its students for the next chapter of their lives.

    Grayson Director of Instruction and Assessment Stephen Cornett, along with head guidance counselor Margit West, took time to brag on the children during the school board meeting Dec. 14.

  • Head Start receives stimulus funds

    Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program Head Start received $510,513 in federal economic stimulus funds to begin offering an Early Head Start program in May, which will serve 72 income eligible infants, toddlers and pregnant women.

    The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Cottage Industry

    HILLSVILLE — Through blowing snow and cold, painting and finishing at the workshop keeps on going.

    Undeterred by winter weather, freezing temperatures and wind chills, Cottage 6D at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center stays warm and toasty as workers try and keep pace with orders for custom-made signs and other wood products.

    Staff and residents alike concentrate on tasks like painting, sanding, sealing and assembling cutting boards, customized signs, wall shelves, ornaments and replica sleds emblazoned with scenes of weather and a family's name.

  • Arson charges filed

    MOUTH OF WILSON — A North Carolina man has been charged with arson in connection with what investigators said was a "suspicious barn fire" earlier this month.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Andrew Clay Farmer, 27, of Jefferson, N.C., has been charged with arson and felony child endangerment in connection with the barn fire that occurred on Dec. 4 on Woodcrest Road in Mouth of Wilson.

    The 30-by-60-foot hay barn was owned by Dwight Furches of Furches Evergreens in West Jefferson, N.C.

  • Kaine: End car tax, raise state income tax

    RICHMOND — If Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has his way, Virginia's widely despised car tax will vanish in the rear view mirror. Ending the state car tax subsidy and replacing the lost local revenue with another levy is a key piece of Kaine's final budget before leaving office.

    The governor wants to give localities a share of a new income tax the state would collect and distribute in exchange for abolishing the car tax.

  • Schools building up to Phase III

    HILLSVILLE — Educators continue to build toward a third round of facility improvements, as the Carroll School Board decided to seek proposals from construction management firms at the Dec. 8 meeting.

  • Winter Wonderland

    Though roads in Carroll County got anywhere from a foot to 18 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, most incidents that state police responded to involved vehicles getting stuck in the snow, according to the authorities. The southbound lanes at Poplar Camp on Interstate 77 slowed to a stop because of tractor-trailers that couldn't make it up the hill there.

    Gov. Tim Kaine declared a weather emergency, which allowed the Virginia Department of Transportation to use all available resources to deal with the snow.

  • Public record for 12/30/09 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. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville:

    Daniel Alvin Lester of Austinville, guilty of operating without lights; pay $30 fine and $71 costs.