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  • Fries to discuss decal fee increase

    FRIES — The Town of Fries planned to consider a proposal to increase its vehicle decal fee at its next regular meeting — but the increase may not be necessary after all.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed spoke briefly about the increase during council's regular meeting Oct. 6. Reed said it appeared the town would need to increase their decal fee from $20 to $25 to mirror the county's amount.

    Much like what neighboring Hillsville did when Carroll County increased its fee, Reed said Grayson could charge Fries residents the $5 difference — if it existed.

  • Dugspur woman dies after crash

    PULASKI — An 81-year-old Dugspur woman died Oct. 8 after her 1996 Chevy Beretta collided head-on with a dump truck on Virginia 100 in Pulaski County.

    Violetta P. Quesenberry of Dugspur died the same day after the 8:10 a.m. accident on 100 near Virginia 654.

    The Virginia State Police report by Trooper E.P. Ellison states that Quesenberry's vehicle crossed the center line and struck the dump truck, a 2001 Peterbilt driven by Carol Marie Farmer of Max Meadows.

    Emergency officials transported Quesenberry for treatment to Roanoke.

  • Parade 'boycott' issue resolved

    A Fries pastor and the Galax Downtown Association are now on the same page when it comes to Christmas parade rules.

    The downtown merchants' association tried to head off what officials mistakenly understood to be a threatened boycott of its annual parade over rules that were interpreted as banning or limiting religious floats.

    Pastor Ben Haga of Grace Baptist Church, on the other hand, says he never called for a boycott, despite what others heard or misunderstood.

  • Were acid concerns ignored?

    HILLSVILLE — A Lambsburg resident had some acid words for Carroll County officials who he said ignored problems at a business with hazardous wastes, which recently prompted an emergency clean up.

    Guy Clark told county supervisors that residents in the Lambsburg community felt their previous complaints about the site — made weeks before the clean-up began — went unheard.

    Clark said barrels of acid on the site were not hidden from view, and county officials should have done something sooner.

  • Public record for 10/21/09 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 March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Public record for 10/14/09 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. 14-Sept. 15 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grand jury issues 200 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's grand jury had a full docket Monday, and considered more than 200 indictments, including cases involving a murder and two unrelated bank robberies in the Twin Counties this year.

  • Smith: Carroll can save on school construction

    HILLSVILLE — The big challenge for Carroll County Public Schools — beyond swine flu virus and Virginia’s budget crisis — is finishing the school construction program, Superintendent Greg Smith said in a “state of the schools” address Sept. 14.

  • Barker named interim city manager

    Keith Barker was named interim city manager during a called meeting of Galax City Council last Thursday.

    Barker will replace City Manager Keith Holland, who has resigned effective Oct. 2.

    He also was appointed to replace Holland on the social services committee, on Virginia’s aCorridor, and on the E911 and Galax-Grayson Emergency Services boards.

    Other board appointments will be discussed at the next city council meeting Oct. 12.

  • Former Carroll school employee found guilty

    HILLSVILLE — A former Carroll County Public Schools employee didn’t fight a charge that he took money from school vending machines during his 12-year stint as a custodian.

    James T. Spicer, 55, of Hillsville appeared in Carroll County Circuit Count on Monday and entered a “no contest” plea to one count of grand larceny.

    That was after Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Boyer asked the court to dismiss seven other counts of grand larceny without cause.