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  • Vaughan-Bassett re-opens part of Elkin plant

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. will reopen a portion of its Elkin, N.C., factory and distribution center later this month, which will employ about 40 people by the end of September.

    The company plans to increase the Elkin plant's employment to about 50 by the end of November.

    Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett, said that the company's incoming orders are outpacing production at its Galax factory, making the expansion necessary.

    “We're pleased that our business is strong enough to warrant this move,” Bassett said.

  • Grayson outlines trash fee appeal process

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grayson County now have a chance to appeal their $3 weekly fee for trash collection if they feel they are exempt.

    Grayson Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought the process to the county supervisors during their regular meeting Sept. 10, and noted that several applications have already been submitted. Some appeals were accepted and others were not.

  • Huff found guilty in plot to kill ex-wife

    CHATHAM — A jury recommended a 10-year sentence last Wednesday for a Dublin man that allegedly tried to pay someone to kill his ex-wife while serving time in Green Rock Correctional Center.

    (The intended victim was Susan Renae Huff of Hillsville.)

    After deliberating for 30 minutes, the 7-man, 5-woman panel convicted David Eugene Huff, 42, of a soliciting to commit murder charge in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, taking the word of a former inmate, Michael Anthony James.

  • Hall murder charge certified

    HILLSVILLE — Thirty minutes and three witnesses was all it took for a Carroll judge to certify first-degree murder charges against a Cana man to the grand jury.

    Chad James Hall made his first appearance in Carroll County District Court on Friday morning. He is charged in the shooting death of his friend, Justin Wade Edwards, 21, of Cana.

    Hall was arrested less than one day after a citizen found Edwards' body in Lambsburg on April 16.

    Carroll County Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad opened his questioning by calling Carroll Deputy Chuck Edwards to the stand.

  • Galax city manager to resign

    Galax City Manager Keith Holland announced Tuesday morning that he has decided to resign, effective Oct. 2.

    Holland informed City Council that he will be seeking other career opportunities.

    He had been employed as city manager since March 2007. Prior to coming to Galax, Holland served as town manager of Rocky Mount for nine years and has been employed in public administration since 1990 in various capacities of management.

    Holland holds a master of city management degree from East Tennessee State University.

  • Enterprise zone effort advances

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will move forward with its plan to apply for acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program after both the board of supervisors and Independence Town Council passed resolutions in support last week.

    The program — which was established by the General Assembly in 1982 — is a partnership between state and local governments in which both parties seek to improve economic conditions within a targeted area of distress.

  • Carroll PSA: finish sewer project PDQ

    HILLSVILLE — Parts of the Woodlawn sewer project should have reached substantial completion in July, but they didn't, and that's making some Carroll County officials unhappy.

    David Hutchins of the Carroll County Public Service Authority mentioned at Monday's regular meeting that the members believe it's imperative that the project wrap up as soon as possible.

    "Our schedule for the Woodlawn sewer project is woefully in arrears," he said. "This is becoming a grave concern, not only to this board, but to the board of supervisors."

  • City broke own rules with painting

    Galax City Council on Monday suggested that the Jeff Matthews Museum board, mural artists David and Brigette Payseur, city staff and adjoining property owners all meet to see if a compromise can be reached for a design, size and color scheme for a large mural on the city-owned Jeff Matthews Museum.

    Council wants the group to bring back a suggestion for members to consider in an effort to make the big yellow painting comply with zoning codes.

  • Carroll schools meet state testing benchmarks

    HILLSVILLE — An accreditation report for Carroll County schools shows that the division once again made "10 for 10" under state test score standards, but missed the mark set by the federal No Child Left Behind act.

    Director of School Improvement Beverly Parker rapidly summarized 18 pages of reports for the Virginia Standards of Learning and federal No Child Left Behind testing results at the Carroll School Board regular meeting on Sept. 8.

  • Parkdale to take over Hanes plant in Galax

    Hanesbrands Inc. will stop making its own yarn in a move that will close one plant and two warehouses in North Carolina.

    Hanesbrands has agreed to sell most of its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale, a yarn maker based in Gastonia, N.C., that will supply a substantial amount of Hanesbrands’ yarn needs.

    The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter and would result in Parkdale operating three of the four Hanesbrands yarn production plants.