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  • Grayson extends line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE – For the second year in a row, Grayson County leaders were forced to borrow money after cash-flow challenges.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board of supervisors during its regular meeting Aug. 13 that the first drawdown of $2 million was received the day before.

    Sweet told The Gazette that the county took out a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note with Carter Bank & Trust by way of competitive bid to assist the county with cash-flow deficiencies.

  • Grayson applies for enterprise zone

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson leaders are looking to work with the towns of Independence and Fries to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet attended Independence town council's regular meeting Aug. 11 to talk about the program.

    Sweet said the program — which was established by the General Assembly in 1982 — is a partnership between state and local governments in which both parties seek to improve economic conditions within a targeted area of distress.

  • A cool idea for farmers

    HILLSVILLE — Newly installed equipment at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market may have a chilling effect on certain kinds of produce, but it can heat up some new markets for local farmers.

    A visitor standing on the grounds of the wholesale warehouse during the sweet corn harvest will see a couple forklifts zipping around, loading crates of the product onto conveyor belt that take it through a constant shower raining down from big white plastic pipes on the inside of a converted transfer truck bin.

  • Focus on Farming

    HILLSVILLE — Roanoke Times photographer Gene Dalton found few places better to focus for picturesque scenes than farms during his career.

    So Dalton, the now-retired Dugspur resident, considered it a pleasure to document farm life in Carroll County for a multimedia tribute to local farmers, which will be on display at the Carroll County Fair starting Thursday.

    A slide show featuring agricultural pursuits will be shown along with the exhibits in a bay of the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market's wholesale facility.

  • 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.