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  • Guard charged in false stabbing report

    A security guard at Twin County Regional Hospital lied when she summoned authorities and claimed she had been attacked and robbed by an unknown assailant on Aug. 19, according to the Galax Police Department.

    The security guard, Pamela Jean Warf, 49, of Galax, has been arrested and charged with making a false police report and obstruction of justice. She had claimed that she was stabbed by an unknown assailant.

  • Grayson agrees to fund airport project

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders have agreed to provide the final $7,000 needed to install a sewer line to Twin County Regional Airport.

    Supervisors' Vice Chairman Larry Bartlett represents the county on the airport commission and spoke about the request at the board meeting Aug. 13.

    Bartlett noted that the airport commission was seeking funds to install the sewage line to the airport and needed $42,000.

  • Virtual classroom expands in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Class has already started at Carroll's bricks-and-mortar schools, and the rebooted Virtual Academy will soon come online, too.

    The Carroll County School Board took action in an early Monday meeting to add management services by virtual education firm K12 for online learning available to students statewide.

    Carroll educators partnered with K12 last school year to offer an online curriculum to the more than 200 home-schooled students in the county.

  • Falsehoods alleged in AmerLink bankruptcy

    WILSON, N.C. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ordered a trustee be appointed in the case of log home manufacturer AmerLink and allowed its attorneys to withdraw after company president John Barth Jr. allegedly made false statements to the court.

    AmerLink filed for protection from $20 million in debt owed by the company to more than 200 creditors, one of which is Carroll County.

  • Public record for 9/2/09

    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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentenced may be appealed:

  • Day report center idea advances in Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — With the expansion of the New River Valley Regional Jail, costs per year have escalated to more than $700,000 for Grayson County prisoners in the upcoming budget year.

    Grayson leaders continue to look for ways to cut that amount, and have been working with Giles County for the last few months to develop a Day Report Center similar to the one Giles started last year.

  • Hospital stabbing suspect at large

    Police are searching for a subject accused of stabbing a security guard at Twin County Regional Hospital late Wednesday.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were called to the hospital around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after a security guard at the hospital reported that she was attacked.

    Responding officers found that a security guard had apparently been stabbed in the arm by an unknown male.

    The guard was doing a security check of a maintenance shed located by the hospital. She described the suspect as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Craig County

     HILLSVILLE — Police have arrested a 50-year-old Craig County man in connection with an Aug. 6 robbery at Grayson National Bank in Hillsville.

    Hillsville police identified the man as Richard Donald Hawes of New Castle. 

    Hillsville officers traveled to New Castle, acting on information gathered Tuesday evening, according to a news release.

    The suspect in the robbery wore a cap, large sunglasses and a bandanna to hide his face, but witnesses provided a detailed description of the pickup truck involved.

  • More swine flu possible in Grayson schools

    INDEPENDENCE — A second possible case of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as swine flu, has been identified in the Grayson County School System.

    School officials are awaiting confirmation of the illness.

    "At this time, we do not have information from the Virginia Department of Health that the possible H1N1 or swine flu cases in Grayson County are confirmed," Grayson Schools Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas said.

  • Police find meth, pot in search of man's home

    TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man has been charged after police found marijuana plants growing on his property and drug paraphernalia in his home last week.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said officers with his department conducted a search at the resident of James Newton Johnson at 237 Ripshin Road in Troutdale on Aug. 4.

    The search revealed a small quantity of marijuana inside the residence, along with drug paraphernalia. Deputies also searched the backyard and woods adjacent to the property, where 25 marijuana plants were found.