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  • Red Cross needs emergency funds

    On Christmas Day, one Carroll County family lost everything they had, including their children's presents, when their house caught fire.

    The Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross found them a place to stay and helped with their emergency needs.

    “That lady comes by the office regularly just to say thanks and helps us [by giving to fundraisers] to make our money,” said Joan Isom, Galax chapter director. “We live in a community that is very appreciative of what we do. And I have that to look forward to every day.”

  • Independence police chief calls for backup

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence Police Department wants more officers, but it appears the only way to fund them is through a tax increase — something town council does not want to do.

    During a budget workshop session April 22, Police Chief James Wagoner pleaded his case requesting an additional $63,932 in his department's 2009-10 budget.

    “I put in money for another officer,” Wagoner told council. “I would like to be ready for the opening of the new prison and be proactive, instead of reactive.”

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury indicted a Galax man April 24 on 13 charges, several of them sex-related.

    William Estill Crigger, 29, of Skyline Highway, Galax, was indicted on five charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sodomy, possession of child pornography, one count of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian and five charges of indecent liberties with a child less than 15 years of age.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Budget calls for no tax increases

    HILLSVILLE — The town's 2009-2010 budget proposal calls for no tax increases and almost level funding in challenging economic times.

    The request for the general fund in the coming fiscal year is $9,000 less than the current year — $2.941 million proposed, as compared to $2.95 million this year.

    Town Manager Larry South wrote in the budget message that this request contains "no new bold initiative," but allows for current operations and services to continue as normal.

  • Grayson could tax twice a year

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to both help citizens and improve the cash flow during the early months of the budget year, Grayson supervisors will consider switching to biannual tax collection.

    The idea has been thrown around before, but supervisors jumped on the possibility last Tuesday during a budget workshop as a way to pay a bill coming due next fall.

  • Turman to be set free

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother is ready and able to rejoin the community under an outpatient treatment plan, a Carroll Circuit Court judge ruled on April 9.

    Doctors diagnosed Rene Loving Turman as bipolar with psychotic features and found that she did not understand the nature of her actions at the time of the February 2006 incident that left 79-year-old Susan Sprinkle Clark dead.

    Turman told a police dispatcher at the time that she thought her mother was a demon.

  • Salon offers free cuts after Nautilus trims jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — When entering a job interview, one of the key qualities any candidate should have is self-confidence.

    Having that confidence can be hard after a person loses their job and is struggling to find money and time to get the simplest things done, such as their hair.

    Melissa Shepherd, owner of The Hair Junction in Independence, hopes to help those affected by the most recent layoffs at the Nautilus plant in town.

  • Planning, cuts help Carroll balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's budget process has seen several new innovations this year, earning the financial management director a round of applause at the end of a presentation at the regular April meeting on Monday.

    Carroll's 2010 budget proposal of $31.94 million comes complete with department missions, measurable goals, service levels, charts showing revenue sources, graphs showing county and state breakdowns for funding constitutional offices, explanations of large increases and decreases to line items and more.

  • Public record for 4/1/09 edition

    These land transfers were recorded Jan. 24-Feb. 5 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Cecille Sayers Pettry to Sharon Gail Pettry Zeitz and Deborah Kay Pettry Latham. 6.423 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Anna Lisa Davis and others to Ronald Lee Davis and others. A tract in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Robert Mark Reynolds and Dreama Ann Reynolds and others to Robbie Jason Reynolds and Phyllis M. Reynolds. Two tracts in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • Pubic record for 4/15/09 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 6-16 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    George Lewis Webb to William A. Webb. 4.97 acres in the Pipers Gap District. $84,000.