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  • New school still on schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — One of the final pieces of constructing a new school in the western end of Grayson County will begin shortly, after the school board awarded a bid for the septic system at Grayson Highlands School.

    The school system received four bids, according to Personnel Director Chad Newman, with the low bid coming from New River Construction in the amount of $159,900.

    Board Member Gary Burris motioned to accept the bid during the regular school board meeting Nov. 9 and it was seconded by Board Member Hobert Baily. The motion passed unanimously.

  • Public record for 12/2/09 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, 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Sept. 16-Oct. 30 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

    Lucille Carr and others to Carolyn L. Cox. 10.661 acres in the Oldtown District. $2,500.

  • McDonnell and GOP win state races, sweep Twin Counties

    Bob McDonnell steamrolled Creigh Deeds in Tuesday's gubernatorial election as part of a dominating night for Republican candidates who prevailed in the other two statewide races and gained seats to increase the party's majority in the House of Delegates.

    The Republican ticket swept the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties, as well.

    "Working together as Virginians, we will find those new ways to solve the problems that face us and to create more jobs and new opportunities," McDonnell told supporters during his victory speech.

  • Police respond to CCIS threat

    HILLSVILLE — The school day at Carroll County Intermediate came to an abrupt end after staff at the school opened an envelope with a double threat inside.

    It contained both a white powder and a written bomb threat, according to Kevin Harris, director of personnel, who was on scene helping with the response alongside Virginia State Police with a bomb search dog, Hillsville police officers, Carroll County deputies, Carroll EMS, school and county officials and more.

  • Man charged with child porn possession

    A Galax man has been charged with possession of child pornography after officers searched his home.

    Richard Lee Taylor, 37, of 752 Beech Grove Lane, was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found numerous child pornography files on his computer.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said investigators received information that an individual at the above address was downloading child pornography from the Internet.

  • Rec roof bids under review

    FRIES — Bids to put a new roof on the Town of Fries' recreation center remain under review after coming in much higher than expected.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed was asked about the process during the town council meeting Tuesday night and, while he didn't have much new information, he said bids continue to be reviewed.

    In August, bids were received for the project after a four-year battle for permanent authority ended when the Federal Communications Commission dismissed all petitions to deny U.S. Cellular's tower placement across the New River from the town.

  • Medicaid fraud case investigated

    HILLSVILLE — A local psychologist has pleaded guilty to medical assistance fraud and repaid more than $38,000 in Carroll County Circuit Court on Oct. 28.

    Jeanne Marie Watson, a licensed professional counselor and Medicaid provider of testing and counseling services, had previously operated the Appalachian Psychological Trauma Center in Hillsville, according to information from Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad.

    Originally charged with 12 counts of fraud, Watson pleaded guilty to three counts.

  • Irwin files for recount of Wilson District results

    INDEPENDENCE — The wheels are in motion for a recount of the Wilson District election results in Grayson County.

    Challenger Kate Irwin, a Democrat, told The Gazette on Friday that she has started the process of filing for a recount, after losing the election by four votes to incumbent Mike Maynard.

    "I feel it was a really great race, and because it's so close, I feel I owe it to everyone who voted for me and supported me to make sure the count is accurate," she said.

  • Parkway 75th events planned

    FANCY GAP — With a million more visitors expected to roll down the Blue Ridge Parkway for its 75th anniversary, that means more tourism for the Twin Counties, as well.

    After all, Carroll County already boasts the second-most-used parkway entrance at Fancy Gap, and the Blue Ridge Music Center serves as a major attraction.

    The challenge — as any representative of a gateway community can attest — is getting the visitors to stop.

  • Visitors' center to open soon

    The visitors' center in downtown Galax is expected to be complete and open by the end of the year or January, according to Keith Barker, interim city manager.

    John Parsons, whose father once operated a law firm there, donated the building to the city about a year ago for the purpose of a visitors' center.