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  • Free Clinic moving to new home

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties began moving last week to its new location at 140 Larkspur Lane, Suite C, in Galax.

    The clinic opened its first physical location in August 2007 at 300 W. Oldtown St. in Galax.

    “Many thanks go to Danny Cockerham, who leased the building to the clinic for almost three years,” said Dina Slusher, director of the clinic. “The need for more space became apparent as more patients began to need assistance.”

    The new location will offer 2,250 square feet of space.

  • Grayson to hold budget hearing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents will have one final chance to plead for a lesser tax rate when the supervisors hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 budget next week.

    The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 10, during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

    With a proposed tax increase of 44 percent, the real estate levy will jump to 49 cents next year.

    The increase comes as the county looks to crawl out of a deep financial hole, which includes an estimated tax anticipation note of more than $3.5 million next year.

  • Groups join to develop Wildwood

    HILLSVILLE — The regional economic development authority has taken on a new partner in the pursuit of developing the Wildwood Commerce Park at Interstate 77's Exit 19 — the regional solid waste authority.

    Both groups — Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and Carroll-Galax-Grayson Solid Waste Authority — met at Countryside restaurant in separate meetings Thursday to have breakfast and vote on motions to collaborate in an economic development project.

  • Public record for 5/26/10 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded Feb. 20-March 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Woman dies in I-77 crash

    LAMBSBURG — An 18-year-old Columbus, Ohio, woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 Friday near the 3.5 mile marker.

    Candida D. Chapman, driving a 2001 Ford Explorer southbound, lost control of the vehicle at around 3:40 p.m., according to a Virginia State Police report by Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    The Explorer hit a slight embankment, then went airborne through the median and downhill before coming to a stop in the northbound lanes.

    The Explorer, registered to a Toby Chapman, had an estimated $3,000 in damage, according to the report.

  • Officers honored for roles in Hillsville apartment fire

    HILLSVILLE —  Usually it's the firefighters that first rush into a burning building to pull the occupants out, but in the early morning of Jan. 9 at Briarleigh Court, three law enforcement officers braved the smoke and the flames.

    None of the 37 residents at the independent living complex in Hillsville succumbed to the fire, due in large part to the actions of Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Cochran, Carroll Deputy Bobby Lyons and Hillsville Officer Ricky Hayes.

    Their acts have brought praise from around the Twin Counties and around the state.

  • AmerLink's former chief sentenced

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former president of AmerLink log homes received a sentence of three years probation and 400 hours of community service last Thursday after admitting he committed bankruptcy fraud, according to U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

    AmerLink declared bankruptcy after a failed economic development deal with Carroll County, Va. The company was supposed to create 200 jobs in exchange for $600,000 in state incentive funds and 32 acres of county land. Carroll is suing to reclaim that property.

  • Thompson sentenced on drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man, one of six Twin County residents charged with drug offenses in federal court, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

    Bobby Dwayne Thompson faced multiple charges in a federal indictment, including:

    • conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

    • distribution of meth

    • possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime

  • Police close Walmart shooting case

    The police investigation into a shooting at Walmart revealed that the victim’s actions were “heroic and selfless.”

    Rita Carico, 57, of Galax, who was shot in the face and chest in the dairy section of Walmart on the night of May 1, has been released from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and expects to make a full recovery, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Investigators had been waiting for Carico to recover before interviewing her about the shooting. Police were able to talk to her last week.

  • Citizen, surveyor cite problems with subdivision ordinance

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County surveyor and a citizen raised concerns about the county's subdivision ordinance during a recent meeting, when county supervisors considered making revisions to the law.

    The Carroll supervisors approved last year an update to the subdivision ordinance, which is meant to guide residential development in the county.

    After the subdivision had been in place for several months, county officials started talking about revisions.