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  • Police: seizing property hits criminals where it hurts

    HILLSVILLE — Law enforcement officials don't just threaten to throw people acting illegally or suspiciously in prison. Prosecutors also go after the contents of their wallets or garages.

    Carroll County prosecutors have implemented several such civil forfeiture proceedings in a variety of cases where suspected proceeds from drug dealing or other illegal activity — in the form of large amounts of loose cash or property — have been found.

    And on some occasions, the defendants involved in the seizures haven't even been charged with a drug-related crime.

  • Suspicious fires raise alarms

    FANCY GAP — Two early Saturday fires that happened at almost the same time — and just a few miles apart — in the Fancy Gap area have raised alarm bells in the minds of Carroll investigators and emergency services personnel.

    The Hillsville Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Birch Tree Road at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, where they found a barn with about 200 round bales of hay rapidly burning, according to information from Chief Mike Musser and photographer David Young.

  • Factors align in Carroll's favor

    HILLSVILLE — Competitiveness in the construction markets, historically low interest rates and federal Recovery Act initiatives could save Carroll County millions — even tens of millions — if the school board moves ahead now with its school improvement plans.

    Carroll County Public Schools has two scenarios for completing the countywide facility improvement program:

    • spending $62.7 million to build a new high school and renovate the existing high and intermediate schools for grades 8-9 and grades 6-7, respectively.

  • Public record for 8/26/09 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded March 19-April 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Moonshine, pot and guns seized

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office located and confiscated 18 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication Aug. 4, which led to several charges against a Cana man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    The plants had an estimated street value of $18,000.

    Deputy Chuck Edwards spotted the marijuana plants from a Virginia National Guard helicopter brought in to assist the effort. Deputies also looked closer in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road in Cana, due to a plant there.

  • Police search for bank robber

    HILLSVILLE — Police continue to seek leads on the bank robber who hit the Hillsville branch of Grayson National Bank last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    A robber dressed in cover-alls with his face well-hidden by large sunglasses, bandanna and baseball cap demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

    With the investigation continuing, the Hillsville Police Department has issued a more thorough description of the suspect's vehicle.

  • Hammer confesses to more murders

    CLIFTON, N.C. — Freddie Hammer, who is serving five consecutive life sentences for three Grayson County murders, has confessed to two other murders in Ashe County, N.C. police say.

    Police say remains of Jimmy Blevins, a Crumpler man missing since 2007, were found in Clifton, a few miles from Warrensville, on Tuesday morning.

    Hammer has also admitted to the murder of Timothy Shatley, police said.

  • Town finds detour around county fee increase

    HILLSVILLE — The vehicle decal fee for Hillsville will rise by $10, but town residents will receive that same amount back in credits.

    Town officials felt it was better to increase the vehicle fee themselves, rather than Hillsville residents having to pay that amount to the county.

  • Ground broken for regional water project

    INDEPENDENCE — County and town leaders from Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., joined state officials for the ground breaking of a raw water intake system for the Virginia/Carolina Regional Water Authority’s new regional water system.

    The system will eventually serve the towns of Sparta, N.C., and Independence, as well as a new state prison under construction in Grayson.

    Authority Chairman Bryan Edwards provided opening remarks, thanking everyone who has worked on the project for the past several years.

  • Grayson relay raises $36,000

    FRIES — The skies parted and the sun returned just in time for Grayson County's 2009 Relay for Life last Friday night at the Fries Ball Park.

    Event Chairperson Bonnie Byrd said more than $36,000 was raised.

    That was short of their goal of $50,000, but Byrd wasn't discouraged. She was thankful for all the money raised.