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  • Court rejects Burke's appeal

    The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has refused to hear Clinton Eric Burke's appeal of his the double murder conviction.

    Defense attorneys attempted to appeal the case to the supreme court based on insufficient evidence and gory crime photos.

    A Carroll County jury tried and convicted Burke of the Nov. 12, 2007, fatal shooting of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at a mobile home on Frog Spur Road in Fancy Gap.

  • Armored vehicle on the way for Galax

    The armored vehicle that the Galax Police Department is slated to receive in November could have been used to get some people out of the cold during a fire at an independent living complex in Hillsville in January, Galax Police Chief told city council on Monday.

    That's just one example of how the vehicle could be used.

    Clark said it could have been used to extract individuals from two high-risk search warrant executions in the area, such as the hostage crisis at the Wytheville Post Office in December.

  • Cascade Highlands unites Va., N.C.

    In a move unprecedented in the Southeast, nine counties across two states have come together to promote themselves as a single tourism entity.

    The area has been branded Cascade Highlands for the way the Blue Ridge Highlands of southwest Virginia cascade into the Yadkin Valley of northwest North Carolina.

    Participating Virginia counties include Carroll, Grayson, Patrick and Smyth, along with the City of Galax. The North Carolina counties are Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin.

  • Carroll builds case against Pro-Form

    WILSON. N.C. — Carroll County seeks to strengthen its case against Pro-Form Construction in bankruptcy court by showing that it's the inheritor of AmerLink's obligations.

    Attorneys for the county have discovered the document in which AmerLink transferred 32 acres of land to its sister construction company, according to court documents. That land was used in a failed economic development deal between Carroll and AmerLink for the log home company to build a sawmill and create 200 jobs in the county.

  • Bridge contract awarded

    Work could begin as early as July to replace the Carico Bridge across the New River on Virginia 94 in Grayson County.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation announced this week that it has contracted with R.R. Dawson Bridge Company of Lexington, Ky., to build a new bridge, at a price of $9.3 million.

  • Felts Park stage taking shape

    The 20-by-28-foot permanent stage that Branson Construction's crew has been working on in Felts Park for the past few weeks should be complete in time for the Galax Moose Lodge-sponsored fiddlers' convention in August, if not sooner, said Galax City Manager Keith Barker.

    The permanent stage is being built as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

  • Hit the brakes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police speedily rolled its latest traffic safety tool on the streets of Hillsville.

    Police Chief Steve Williams told town council members at their meeting last Monday about the department's interest in buying a "speed trailer" — the roadside radar device with electronic readout meant to slow down traffic.

    "If you were near the intermediate school after lunch today, Decatur Radar brought what they call a speed trailer for us to demo…" Williams explained.

  • Schools may serve as collateral

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will likely put its two schools included in Phase I of the long-term facilities improvement plan up for collateral as it looks for additional money to fund the projects.

    The board has an outstanding loan of $16.3 million with SunTrust Bank. That number was expected to cover the costs of Phase I — which includes a new school in the western end of the county and renovations to Fries Middle School.

  • Public record for 6/2/10 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 at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 18-March 23 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Woodlawn man charged in Surry County killing

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A 54-year-old Woodlawn man is one of two suspects charged in the May 17 shooting death of a 49-year-old Mount Airy man, according to information from the Surry County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies found Kenneth James Kizer dead in his home of multiple gunshot wounds after they responded to his home.

    Charged Tuesday in the shooting were Wesley Carson Vass of 431 Carrollwood Drive and Mary Irene Kizer of the Surry County home where the incident occurred, according to the sheriff's department.