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  • Marketers using texts to reach customers

    HILLSVILLE — If a business is having a slow day, Robert Turbyfill suggests sending out an instant mobile coupon.

    That's what Turbyfill does if his dealership, Twin County Ford, isn't getting enough service appointments in a day's time.

    To boost interest, he can turn to his other business endeavor — a messaging service geared to local “mom and pop” shops.

    Turbo Advertising and Marketing can send out an announcement of, for example, an oil change special to bring more customers through the door.

  • No timetable yet for bridge replacement

    The Virginia Department of Transportation is awaiting approval from the Federal Highway Administration to proceed with an emergency contract to replace the Carico Bridge.

    The Virginia 94 bridge, which crosses New River in Grayson County, closed March 11 after a highway department inspector noticed damage to the crossbeams, apparently the result of a too-tall vehicle driving across the bridge. The bridge is closed indefinitely while VDOT pursues an emergency bridge replacement.

  • Grayson supervisors set 2010 goals

    INDEPENDENCE — Strengthening the county's fiscal well-being and bolstering economic and community development top the list of goals set forth by the Grayson County board of supervisors.

    Board members discussed the goals briefly during their regular March meeting.

    They include:

    • developing a financial forecast, which is currently being done.

    • developing a budget process.

    • seeing productivity gains in each county department.

    • performing a public utilities audit and conducting necessary rate studies.

  • Hillsville anticipates future utility troubles

    HILLSVILLE — Losing Carroll County as a water and sewer customer will probably cause future rate increases for other users in Hillsville, the town manager warns, but for the upcoming fiscal year the budget proposes holding the line on both fees and taxes.

    The fiscal year 2010-11 budget proposal is a lean one, according to Town Manager Larry South in his annual budget message. On top of the challenging national economy, Hillsville will also take a hit with Carroll County's decision to change water and sewer service providers.

  • Convictions lead to deportation

    HILLSVILLE — A Kernersville, N.C., man pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday to several charges related to an April 16, 2009, shooting.

    The Carroll County grand jury indicted Emilio Rubio-Gonzalez, 25, on multiple charges in December, according to information from the court.

    Those charges include:

    • two counts of attempted second-degree murder against Jimmie W. Grunden and Mark E. Hunley

    • three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle

    • two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

  • What's down the road for VDOT in Carroll?

    HILLSVILLE — As staff get ready to lock the doors and turn off the lights for the last time at the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Carroll County, a spokeswoman says the state agency has not made all the decisions about how the shutdown process will unwind.

  • Kohl named new Galax tourism director

    Ray Kohl of Galax has been named director of the Galax Visitor Center, and is replacing the position of Galax Tourism Director, last held by Chuck Riedhammer, who resigned last month.

    Kohl was hired last Thursday and will begin in the new position today, Monday.

  • Grayson faces potential deficit

    INDEPENDENCE – Citing a possible deficit of more than $5.5 million by December, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has begun crunching numbers for the 2010-11 budget.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet addressed the board during its first work session last Wednesday night and noted that the goal of the meeting was to give supervisors a broad look at projected revenues and expenses the county will encounter as it moves into a new budget year.

    Sweet first asked supervisors to consider informally adopting a budget mission as they begin the three-month process.

  • Tire fire under investigation

    HILLSVILLE — A pile of tires that burned last Wednesday at a Carroll County residence has sparked an investigation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, emergency officials say.

    Shortly after responding to a vehicle fire, Hillsville Fire Department personnel got alerted to a blaze at 3960 Poplar Camp Road, according to information from David Young, the department's photographer. This was at the residence of Sandy Cochran.

  • Suspect attempts escape in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police officers foiled an escape attempt Monday morning that started at the door of the Carroll County Governmental Center, according to Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams.

    Town Officer Dennis Boyer had no problems serving a warrant on Jason Eugene Brown, 29, of Hillsville for a shoplifting charge. It was the third offense, which made it a felony, Williams said.

    They were going to the Carroll Sheriff's Office for processing when Brown broke away and tried to run around 11 a.m.