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  • Grayson man dies in fire

    WHITETOP — A Whitetop man died after a fire broke out in his home early Wednesday morning.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Herman Dean Rupard, 70, of 15971 Highlands Parkway, was found deceased in his home after neighbors spotted flames underneath his mobile home.

    Vaughan said the power went off in the Whitetop community about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, and Rupard had apparently retrieved a kerosene heater to warm his home.

    Investigators believe Rupard put some fuel in the heater — spilling some near where it stood — and then went back to bed.

  • Citizens divided on dog proposal

    HILLSVILLE — A nuisance animal law proposal will continue to dog the Carroll supervisors until January, when a public hearing will be held.

    As conceived, the proposed ordinance would provide a way for homeowners to deal with bothersome dogs that trespass on their land. Under the proposal, they could make a complaint to the animal control officer and take the offending animal owner into court.

  • Walker found guilty

    Sharon Walker of Fries, a former Waddell Nursing & Rehab certified nursing assistant, was found guilty in General District Court on Monday for taking pictures of nursing home residents while they were undressed.

    Waddell Nursing & Rehab called investigators in July after they received an anonymous note from employees stating that Walker and another former Waddell can, Livia Crisan — also charged in the case — were taking inappropriate pictures of patients with their cell phones and showed them to others.

    Both were terminated on July 27.

  • Regional water system gets $800,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia-Carolina Water Authority has received additional funding to complete a regional water system between the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.

    Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency, has provided a total of $800,000 in additional funding to the authority to further the construction of the new water system.

    Last month, the authority awarded the final five contracts, putting the project $784,385 over budget.

  • Out of the box

    HILLSVILLE — Without the social aspect of tutoring at Out of the Box, eighth and ninth graders from Carroll County Intermediate School might not spend an extra 90 minutes being so studious on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The school system recently teamed up with community partner First United Methodist Church of Hillsville, using the church's youth ministry space set up in the Main Street storefront that formerly housed the Ben Franklin five and dime store.

  • Murder appeal fails

    The Virginia Court of Appeals saw no cause to set aside the convictions of murder against a 23-year-old Carroll man in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court after a two-day trial found Clinton Eric Burke guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

    The jury also found Burke guilty of five related charges, including three counts of use of a firearm, the malicious wounding of Amanda Bond and burglary from the home.

  • Bassett speaks out at AEP hearing

    ROCKY MOUNT — Speaker after speaker passionately, pleadingly or sometimes testily implored the Virginia State Corporation Commission last Thursday to take action that current state law is unlikely to allow — that they fully reject or drastically reduce another rate increase proposed this year by Appalachian Power Co. that would further increase customers' electric bills.

  • AmerLink could be liquidated

    RICHMOND — There's been no objection about turning log home manufacturer AmerLink's financial reorganization into a full-fledged liquidation, says an attorney for Carroll County.

    The official order to change AmerLink's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy request into a Chapter 7 — where the company would be broken up and sold to pay debts — has not come through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilson, N.C., but Carroll attorney William Gray expects it at any time.

  • Carroll's dog law could have teeth

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed ordinance to regulate roaming pets isn't a leash law — it's a no trespassing law involving dogs.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell spoke to the Carroll supervisors at their Nov. 16 meeting about the proposal meant to rein in dogs that go off their owner's property and become nuisances to others.

    This came after a Woodlawn resident twice complained of a neighbor's dog that would chase her and her child on their property.

  • Citizens back IVFD substation

    BRIDLE CREEK — Twenty-two citizens attended a third meeting to develop the next steps for the use of Bridle Creek Elementary once it closes next month.

    The meeting, held Nov. 12, continued the discussion of Independence Volunteer Fire Department's pursuit of the building for use as a sub-station.