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  • Carroll seeks bids for regional water system

    HILLSVILLE ee* Carroll County's ambitious water distribution project has one more step to complete before construction can begin.

    The Public Service Authority recently sought bids for more than 100,000 linear feet of water lines, two pump stations and a large water storage tank.

    The project will connect existing water systems on Virginia 620, Airport Road and Virginia 100 to the operational water plant in Austinville, which is already producing water for Wythe County and Wytheville, Carroll's regional partners.

  • Oakland named 'Blue Ribbon School'

    WASHINGTON, D.C. ee* Oakland Elementary has become the second school ever in Carroll County to earn recognition as a "Blue Ribbon School" from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Oakland was one of 13 schools in Virginia to receive the designation, announced Sept. 15 by Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education.

    The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors those schools that show academic excellence or that demonstrates impressive gains in student achievement to above-average levels.

  • PSA okays property condemnations

    HILLSVILLE ee* The Carroll County Public Service Authority, after a public hearing Sept. 14, has cleared the way for condemnation actions on the ongoing regional water project, as well as many utility projects planned for the future.

    While county officials have said the goal was to acquire the right to cross a small piece of property needed for the regional water project, the authority included that and many more projects in its public hearing for the acquisition of real estate and easements through purchase or eminent domain.

  • Lord's Acre Sale is Saturday

    The annual Lord’s Acre Havest Sale will be held Saturday, tomorrow, at Felts Park in Galax. 

    A worship service will be held at 9:30 a.m. and the sale opens at 10 a.m., with proceeds to benefit the churches of the area. 

    Shoppers can stock up on all kinds of fresh, fall produce, canned goods, homemade pies and handmade crafts, attend worship service and visit with friends and acquaintances.

    The event is sponsored by Carroll-Grayson United Workers for Christ Association and is a main fundraiser for many local churches.

  • Public record for 9/23/09 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 7-18 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Firefighters, police rescue man from roof

    Galax emergency crews and police had to subdue a man who would not come down from a three-story roof of an apartment house at 111 Painter Street on Tuesday.

    Police officers used ladders to scale the steep roof and talked to the man for several minutes. If they approached, he would edge closer to the deadly drop off the back side of the house.

    Mostly he sat, talking loudly, wrapped in a white towel.

    Eventually, police officers and Galax Fire Chief David Hankley tackled the combative man, using tasers several times to subdue him.

  • Grant will expand Galax Farmers' Market

    Galax has been awarded a $99,000 USDA Rural Development grant to update the city's farmers' market by constructing restrooms, upgrading landscaping and adding a food preparation area.

    Coinciding with the revitalization project in downtown Galax, the farmers' market last year underwent a makeover — bike racks were installed to welcome visitors from the New River Trail, signs were repaired, columns were repainted and the facility received electrical upgrading to accommodate large festival events, such as Smoke on the Mountain.

  • Late blight strikes local tomato crop

    Tomato plants with a fungal disease that's ravaging gardens this year need to be disposed of properly, lest they damage next year's crop, Virginia Cooperative Extension agents warn.

    Gardens in the Twin Counties and throughout the East have experienced a "tremendous loss" of garden tomatoes due to late blight, said Extension agent Kevin Spurlin.

    "Unfortunately, the disease is quite devastating with complete crop losses common," he said. "There are measures that home gardeners need to take soon to limit the infection potential next year."

  • Exit Strategy

    LAMBSBURG — Development at Interstate 77’s Exit 19 got off the starting line first, but Exit 1 has taken the lead as construction work recently began for Love’s truck stop.

    Exit 19, home of the planned Wildwood Commerce Park, had the early advantage, with more than 1,300 acres of land graded in preparation for development by Mike Turman and Don Branscome, But work in Lambsburg revved up quickly last week as footers were poured for Love’s on its 21 acres in southern Carroll.

  • Bank robbery suspect waives right to hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 50-year-old New Castle man accused of robbing a Hillsville bank has waived his preliminary hearing.

    Richard Donald Hawes faces a charge of robbery after he demanded money from a teller at Grayson National Bank in Hillsville Aug. 6.

    Police traced Hawes to New Castle and arrested him on a warrant at his home there, though the suspect had obscured many of his features behind a cap, large sunglasses and a bandanna and other generic clothing.