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  • Moonshine, pot and guns seized

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office located and confiscated 18 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication Aug. 4, which led to several charges against a Cana man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    The plants had an estimated street value of $18,000.

    Deputy Chuck Edwards spotted the marijuana plants from a Virginia National Guard helicopter brought in to assist the effort. Deputies also looked closer in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road in Cana, due to a plant there.

  • Police search for bank robber

    HILLSVILLE — Police continue to seek leads on the bank robber who hit the Hillsville branch of Grayson National Bank last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    A robber dressed in cover-alls with his face well-hidden by large sunglasses, bandanna and baseball cap demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

    With the investigation continuing, the Hillsville Police Department has issued a more thorough description of the suspect's vehicle.

  • Hammer confesses to more murders

    CLIFTON, N.C. — Freddie Hammer, who is serving five consecutive life sentences for three Grayson County murders, has confessed to two other murders in Ashe County, N.C. police say.

    Police say remains of Jimmy Blevins, a Crumpler man missing since 2007, were found in Clifton, a few miles from Warrensville, on Tuesday morning.

    Hammer has also admitted to the murder of Timothy Shatley, police said.

  • Town finds detour around county fee increase

    HILLSVILLE — The vehicle decal fee for Hillsville will rise by $10, but town residents will receive that same amount back in credits.

    Town officials felt it was better to increase the vehicle fee themselves, rather than Hillsville residents having to pay that amount to the county.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    INDEPENDENCE — County and town leaders from Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., joined state officials for the ground breaking of a raw water intake system for the Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority’s new regional water system.

    The system will eventually serve the towns of Sparta, N.C., and Independence, as well as a new state prison under construction in Grayson.

    Authority Chairman Bryan Edwards provided opening remarks, thanking everyone who has worked on the project for the past several years.

  • Grayson relay raises $36,000

    FRIES — The skies parted and the sun returned just in time for Grayson County's 2009 Relay for Life last Friday night at the Fries Ball Park.

    Event Chairperson Bonnie Byrd said more than $36,000 was raised.

    That was short of their goal of $50,000, but Byrd wasn't discouraged. She was thankful for all the money raised.

  • Log Cabin Homes loses industrial park lot

    HILLSVILLE — Though Tom Vesce of Log Cabin Homes offered an idea to add jobs in Carroll County to secure his place in the industrial park, the county administrator and the economic developer said the company owner did not follow up on that suggestion.

    Carroll's Industrial Development Authority accepted a bid in 2007 from Vesce to buy land in the industrial park for his company.

  • Galax gets grant for Felts Park stage

    The City of Galax and the Galax Moose Lodge, sponsor of the annual Old Fiddlers' Convention, have decided the traditional big, yellow circus tent will remain for the event next year — even after a permanent stage is built in Felts Park.

    When the planning process for the stage began several months ago, Galax City Council worried that it would eliminate the traditional yellow tent that hovers over the stage during the Old Fiddlers' Convention, a symbol of the convention for decades.

  • Fries seeks $1M grant for new firehouse

    FRIES — The Town of Fries is seeking a $1 million grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    Town Manager Brian Reed said officials from DHCD and the Fries Volunteer Fire Department met last Monday night and reached an agreement for the town to obtain the grant money, build the fire hall and then swap land with the department.

  • Carroll court unseals indictments

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Circuit Court recently released indictments that had been previously sealed.

    It's common practice for the court to seal direct indictments until the persons named can be served with warrants.

    An indictment is only a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Unsealed indictments include:

    • Gregory Harris Combs — distribution of imitation controlled substance, representing it to be methamphetamine, and conspiracy to violate the drug control act.