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  • Grayson residents receive warrants

    INDEPENDENCE — Some Grayson County citizens say they are upset after receiving a notice of delinquent trash fees and a copy of a civil warrant, even though they say they were not billed for garbage service.
    According to about a dozen citizens who called, e-mailed or wrote letters to the newspaper, they received a letter notifying them that their trash fee must be paid by Aug. 6, otherwise a warrant — a civil claim for money — will be issued.
    If the warrant is issued, then the citizens will have to appear in Grayson County District Court.

  • Plane makes emergency landing on farm

    ELK CREEK — Paul Joseph Doyle was on his way back to his home in Marietta, Ga., from Virginia Tech last Saturday morning, piloting his 1977 Cessna 172-N single-engine plane, when he encountered heavy fog over Elk Creek.

  • Carroll working with RV resort developer

    HILLSVILLE — Planning officials in Carroll continue to work with a luxury RV resort development next to the New River Trail State Park.
    Chestnut Creek RV Estates' request for a lot size variance came before the Carroll planning commission July 15, and the commission discussed the matter for about 30 minutes, according to Ronald Newman, assistant county administrator.

  • State launches energy conservation web site

    The state has launched a web site and educational campaign called Virginia Energy Sense to help consumers understand more about their energy use and encourage them to conserve.
    The effort is part of a goal established by the General Assembly to cut the state’s electricity consumption by 10 percent from 2006 levels in the next 22 years. State agencies have estimated that such a reduction would postpone the need to build four to five new power plants and could save consumers between $200 million and $700 million, according to the web site, www.virginiaenergysense.org.

  • New Independence council members take office

    A new face and a familiar face took office July 1 as newly-elected members of Independence Town Council.
    Jeremy Walters, a write-in candidate, and Buddy Halsey, after a four year hiatus, attended their first council meeting July 13.
    Walters, 32, is employed as a machinist with GE Aviation in West Jefferson, N.C. He is married with a five-year-old son.
    Walters is a member of the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and line officer. His hobbies include mountain biking, bass fishing, softball and spending time with his family.

  • Consignment store items to be returned

    Nearly 150 frustrated vendors are waiting to get their money and merchandise that was up for sale at Alice's Fine Consign, located at 117 E. Grayson St. in downtown Galax, after the owners of the business closed up shop without notice.
    Now, it's up to the owner of the building, Devan Freeman, to sort through the mess that was left behind by merchants and their step-daughter and her friend that took over management of the store in May.
    Alice's has been located in downtown Galax for a year.

  • AmerLink files counterclaims against Carroll

     WILSON, N.C. — Representatives of AmerLink are countersuing Carroll County, alleging more than a million dollars in damages caused by interference by the locality in the failed economic development deal.

  • Grants help Grayson 'go green'

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will go green with the help of $858,000 in greenbacks from the state.
    The funding will assist with a $1.2 million courthouse enhancement project that will make the government building a learning lab for advanced “green” technologies.
    According to a press release issued Thursday, the courthouse will be upgraded with energy-efficient equipment and technologies, thanks to two grants — $808,000 from the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy and $50,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

  • Work begins to replace Carico Bridge

    Work is underway at the closed Carico Bridge, off Virginia 94 in Grayson County.
    Following a recent pre-construction meeting between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the contractor, R. R. Dawson Bridge Co. of Lexington, Ky., workers began moving in equipment to the bridge site and started preliminary site work, such as grading, clearing and constructing an access road for workers.

  • Hillsville's annexed area could grow

    HILLSVILLE — A property owner near Interstate 77's Exit 14 feels left out of Hillsville's pending annexation of the busy commercial area, Carroll County officials discussed Monday.