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  • Nelson pleads guilty to solicitation of minor

    ROANOKE — A 38-year-old Hillsville man could end up serving life in prison after pleading guilty Monday in federal court to multiple charges of soliciting a minor online.

    Dewey Edward Nelson was indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts, stemming from two periods in February and May.

    Nelson was accused of crossing state lines to find a girl less than 18 years of age to bring her back to Hillsville and have sex with her, according to the indictments in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

  • Weather blamed for chain reaction crashes

    LAMBSBURG — Three related wrecks on Interstate 77, blamed on the wet weather, tied up traffic for hours on Veterans Day in Carroll County.

    A team of Virginia State Police troopers who responded to the scene were still sorting out the mess late Wednesday afternoon, but First Sgt. Mike Musser said a tractor-trailer hauling ceramic tiles overturned in heavy rain at about 9:30 a.m., causing a number of crashes behind it.

    It's tiles were strewn over about 200 yards of the interstate near milemarker 3, and the tractor trailer got hit by at least three other vehicles.

  • Public water customers sought in Grant community

    Representatives of the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission are knocking on doors in the Grant community, passing out information and informing citizens that they can become customers of the public water project under construction in western Grayson County.

    Through Dec. 30, citizens from Troutdale to Grayson Highlands School, from Grant and those living along a Grange Hall Road loop can sign user agreements and pay a $50 deposit to become customers of the public water system, said Assistant Grayson County Administrator Mitch Smith.

  • Carroll considers construction manager

    HILLSVILLE — Hiring a construction manager for the Carroll schools' phase III renovation work could save time, money and headaches through more intense oversight through the planning and building effort, according to a presentation from Skanska to the school board Tuesday.

    The presentation from the construction and development company continues the Carroll County School Board's planning process as educators investigate the possibilities of significantly renovating the high and intermediate schools and building a new facility in two different options.

  • Fries Middle School to keep mascot, colors

    INDEPENDENCE — A call from a concerned community member in Fries sparked a brief discussion on whether the town's middle school would keep its school colors and mascot after renovations and additions are complete.

    Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas notified the school board Nov. 9 that a call had come from a community member regarding two issues at the school.

    The first, she said, was that the large oak tree in front of the school would be cut down for parking.

  • Keith Barker named Galax city manager

    After serving as interim city manager for a couple of months, Keith Barker's position will become permanent.

    Galax City Council appointed Barker the new city manager following a closed meeting on Monday night. Barker will replace former city manager Keith Holland, who resigned in September.

    A graduate of Virginia Tech and a licensed architect, Barker has worked for the city for 17 years, serving as a building official for 10 years and then head of the engineering department.

  • Grayson seeks FMS improvements

    INDEPENDENCE — If Grayson County is not fully accredited division-wide following the current school year, it won’t be due to a lack of effort.

    The school system has eight of its nine schools fully accredited, with Fries Middle School receiving warnings in English and math. Now, school administrators are working closely with faculty, parents and the Virginia Department of Education to bring the final school above the benchmark.

  • triskaidekaphobia: irrational fear of the number 13

    Halloween is a fortnight’s ghostly memory away, but the superstitious still have today, Friday the 13th, to dread.

    But why does this auspicious day hold relevance?

    Surely, if the Bogeyman exists, he can’t be content to play during Halloween alone.

    Is there fact behind the bad luck occurrences or is it all just coincidence and circumstance?

    As with many things in Western culture, 13 originally got its unlucky reputation from Norse mythology — not by a guy in a hockey mask in a horror movie.

  • Public record for 11/18/09 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in April in the Carroll County District Court, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Brandi Lee Begley of Cana, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $50 fine and $91 costs.

  • NOV. 3, 2009 ELECTION RESULTS

    Unofficial results in the gubernatorial race from Carroll County show that Republican candidate Bob McDonnell took a resounding 72.98 percent of the vote totals with 5,228.

    It was the same story in Grayson, as McDonnell managed 3,026 votes (70.29 percent). McDonnell also took Galax with 818 votes compared to 490 votes for Deeds.

    Deeds appealed to only 1,932 Carroll voters, earning 26.97 percent of the ballots cast, while gaining only 1,279 (29.70 percent) in Grayson.