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  • 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.

  • Property won't be assessed this year

    HILLSVILLE — Hoping that the real estate market will stabilize soon, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 7 voted to delay its required reassessment of property values for one year.

    For the second meeting in a row, County Administrator Gary Larrowe relayed a report from Assessor Janie Harrison, saying the elected officials needed to either seek a third party to do the reassessment or delay it from its four-year interval.

  • Race In plans evolve

    HILLSVILLE — Even as work proceeded on the new Race In, Hillsville Town Council approved some modifications to the facility.

    Owner Greg Crowder has mounted the expansion of the Marathon gas station and convenience store as a way to keep up his business traffic, despite the U.S. 58 bypass that's destined to divert drivers around the town.

    Plans have included building a bigger store, state-of-the-art gas pumps with video screens, doubling the employees and adding a fast food restaurant.

  • State: Grayson can afford to pay more

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County may not be alone when it comes to a decrease in state funding, but it didn't make the news any easier to swallow.

    Julie Bear, the school system's finance director, brought the bad news to the school board Monday night: the school system's composite index has risen nearly 22 percent, which means the state has calculated that Grayson County should be able to pay more towards the school system's budget than it has previously.

  • Man charged with providing alcohol to Hillsville teens

    HILLSVILLE —  A 54-year-old Hillsville man faces charges after police investigated a report of intoxicated juveniles Dec. 12, according to the town police.

    Officers responded to a call on Saturday evening and found two juveniles who appeared intoxicated, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.

    While gathering information about what had happened, a parent called police to report two more children that had returned home intoxicated.

  • New school won't be too tardy

    INDEPENDENCE — Setbacks and weather delays will keep Grayson Highlands School from opening in the first week of January, but school administration is hoping to be ready by Jan. 18 to open the doors.

    Bill Ring, serving as clerk of the works for the new facility under construction in the western end of Grayson County, brought both good and bad news to the school board during its regular meeting Dec. 14.

    Ring began with the good — the building is taking shape and he expected carpet to be installed within the next week, essentially completing the building.