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  • Maynard, Irwin seek supervisor's seat in Wilson

    INDEPENDENCE — Only one Grayson County incumbent will face a challenger this year in the Nov. 3 general election.

    The race for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors pits Republican incumbent Mike Maynard against Democratic challenger Kate Irwin.

    Incumbent Elk Creek Supervisor Brenda Sutherland will run unopposed, as she seeks her first full term. She is serving a one-year term as a result of a special election in 2008.

  • Rooftop puts end to long waits

    Dozens of locals who are feeling the heavy blow of the economy have been sleeping overnight on Mondays in the cold air at the front steps of Rooftop of Virginia, hoping to be one of 10 clients each week to acquire emergency assistance funds to pay rent, water or electric bills or purchase fuel to heat their home.

    On Monday mornings, before the doors open at 8 a.m., 60 people who have fallen below the poverty line are already waiting outside of Rooftop's office on North Main Street in downtown Galax.

  • Hanes lays off workers in Galax

    Though not a mass layoff, Hanes in Galax has let go six employees as it prepares to sell its yarn manufacturing operations to Parkdale Mills, a yarn manufacturer based in Gastonia, N.C.

    Hanesbrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced last month that it would stop making its own yarn and turn that operation over to Parkdale, which operates a plant in Hillsville.

    Parkdale will take over operations of the Hanesbrands yarn plant on Glendale Road in Galax, as well as plants in Rabun Gap, Ga., and Mountain City, Tenn., which have a combined 780 employees.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 20

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 27 charges last Friday.

    Charges ranged from a third DWI offense in 10 years to assault of a police officer.

    Indictments included:

    • Jassen Allen Jones — practice profession after license suspension.

    • Jeffery Lee Kilby — possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Marcia Lee Williams — DWI (third offense in 10 years).

    • James Edward Clyburn — communicate threat in writing at school.

  • Ferguson pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a death caused by a drug overdose and will spend the next eight years in prison.

    Daniel Laymond Ferguson, of 340 Grayson Street in Fries, pleaded guilty Friday morning in Grayson County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree murder and one count of distributing a Schedule II drug to a minor.

    The charges stemmed from the November 2008 death of Zachary Dale Towler, 17, of 328 Grayson Street in Fries.

  • Suspect faces federal charge in Hillsville robbery

     ROANOKE — A 50-year-old New Castle man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an Aug. 6 bank robbery in Hillsville.

    Richard Donald Hawes was originally charged with the robbery of Grayson National Bank under state law, but that charge will be dismissed in favor of a federal prosecution.

  • Governor announces 55 new jobs in Grayson

    RICHMOND — Governor Timothy Kaine today announced that Carolina Profile Design Corp., a lithographic commercial printing company, will invest $3 million to expand in Grayson County, creating 55 jobs. The company will add a metal machining process to its existing operations. Virginia successfully competed with Illinois, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for the project.

  • Two plead guilty to pot hauling charges

    ROANOKE — One man accused of hauling 313 pounds of marijuana to an Interstate 77 exit in Carroll County has been sentenced to five years for his role in the incident, and a second suspect has pleaded guilty.

    Two men, Mario Martinez-Casillas and Ramiro Esparza-Ibanez, had been named in a three-count federal indictment on charges that stemmed from the Carroll Sheriff's Office investigation.

  • Town reacts to county rate hike

    HILLSVILLE — After seeing the proposed increases in the Carroll Public Service Authority's rates, Hillsville officials wondered why the county found the town's prices so unaffordable back when they considered combining forces on public utilities.

    After Hillsville built a sewage treatment plant to process wastewater from both the town and the county and after years of negotiation, Carroll County decided to expand the amount of wastewater it sends to Galax for treatment, much to the consternation of town officials.

  • Carroll, Galax iron out details of sewer agreement

    HILLSVILLE — Details remain to be ironed out in the public sewer cooperation between Galax and Carroll County, as the Woodlawn sewer system gets ready to come online.

    After Hillsville built a sewage treatment plant to process wastewater from both the town and the county, Carroll County decided instead to expand the amount of wastewater it sends to Galax for treatment, much to the consternation of town officials.