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  • Former CEO faces charges in Grayson and N.C.

    INDEPENDENCE — A Crumpler, N.C., man charged with embezzlement in Ashe County, N.C., and Grayson County, had his trial continued in Ashe County Superior Court on Oct. 3.
    Joe Weddington, 63 — the former CEO of the now-closed Independence Homes LLC — was charged in February with six counts of embezzlement in Ashe County.
    Weddington also was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on embezzlement and money laundering charges.

  • United Way focuses on lasting impact in community

     

  • Candidate events scheduled

  • McCraw challenges McMillian for seat

    Voters in the Fancy Gap District have a choice of Republican challenger Phil McCraw or incumbent Manus McMillian, a Democrat, for supervisor when they go to the polls in November.

    Phil McCraw
    With reliable help to manage Virginia 500 Fruit Market in Cana, where he’s worked since 1970 and which he has owned since 1987, Phil McCraw says now is the time to run for supervisor and get directly involved in Carroll County government.
    He doesn’t like the direction the county’s been going recently.

  • Fancy Gap water bid awarded

     

  • Ex-cons seek second chances

    Since he was released from jail in 2009 after being incarcerated for drug distribution and other crimes, Jimmy Peak has been trying to turn his life around.
    He has a job, attends church and lives on his own, but he faces a slew of obstacles that come with being an ex-convict.
    Dressed in suit and tie, Peak told those attending a Galax community meeting on Friday about the challenges he’s faced in putting his life back together.

  • Widening western 620 could take years

    HILLSVILLE — It could take years to widen part of Coulson Church Road to the west of Interstate 77’s Exit 19, according to Virginia Department of Transportation officials.
    Carroll officials continued driving towards their idea of widening both sides of Virginia 620 at Interstate 77 during their regular October meeting.
    VDOT spokeswoman Marshall Barnhill expects two things to happen to change the scope of the original plan of widening Virginia 620 east from the 77 interchange.

  • Hillsville approves sidewalk bids

    HILLSVILLE — Bids for the sidewalks proposed for East Grayson Street came in a little high, but town officials will take steps to make sure the project fits the budget.
    Hillsville Town Council last Monday discussed briefly the range of construction bids that came in from six different contractors.
    The low bidder was Virginia Carolina Paving Co. from South Boston at $582,666, and the high bid topped $1 million.
    Designer Hill Studio of Roanoke had estimated the cost at $567,712.

  • One-man cleanup crew

    “I’m tired of being one of those people who drive by and say, ‘Somebody should clean that up.’”
    — Robbie LaCombe

  • Furniture company creating 335 jobs in Galax

     

     

     

    Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Wednesday that Albany Industries Inc., which manufactures upholstered household furniture, will invest $2.5 million to expand its company and establish its first Virginia operation in Galax, creating 335 jobs over the next three years.