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  • School system to fund clerk of works

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring was relieved of his clerk of the works duties with the school system as a way to cut expenses during the Sept. 10 board of supervisors meeting.

    Four days later, Ring was appointed by the Grayson County School Board as interim clerk of the works.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet said the county opted to "terminate services with Mr. Ring as a means of saving significant amounts of money."

  • Art school nears completion

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts has reached the point of substantial completion, and is expected to hold its first class in the permanent home in February, director Chris Shackelford said.

    Until the school opens early next year, a series of art classes will continue to be held in the Vaughan building beside the Galax Public Library.

  • Public record for 9/30/09 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 20 – Sept. 9 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Safe stolen from VFW in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A somewhat bumpy flea market for the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 was capped off by a theft of some of its proceeds, authorities are reporting.

    Officers from the Hillsville Police Department spent considerable time at the VFW post Tuesday investigating a break-in that occurred the night of Sept. 7, according to a press release from the police department.

  • Galax police: domestic dispute lead to stabbing

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the stabbing of a 22-year-old woman resulting from a domestic dispute.

    Police are trying to locate suspect Danielo Javier Mendoza, who fled the scene after stabbing the woman Friday morning.

    According to a police report, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 Block of South Main Street at 11:24 a.m. on Friday for a domestic dispute. Prior to the officers' arrival, a second call was received advising that a female had been stabbed.

    Witnesses reported that the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

  • Fancy Gap lands $8 million for public utilities

    FANCY GAP — Carroll County reached a milestone Friday by landing more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to build the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects.

  • Vaughan-Bassett re-opens part of Elkin plant

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. will reopen a portion of its Elkin, N.C., factory and distribution center later this month, which will employ about 40 people by the end of September.

    The company plans to increase the Elkin plant's employment to about 50 by the end of November.

    Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett, said that the company's incoming orders are outpacing production at its Galax factory, making the expansion necessary.

    “We're pleased that our business is strong enough to warrant this move,” Bassett said.

  • Grayson outlines trash fee appeal process

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grayson County now have a chance to appeal their $3 weekly fee for trash collection if they feel they are exempt.

    Grayson Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought the process to the county supervisors during their regular meeting Sept. 10, and noted that several applications have already been submitted. Some appeals were accepted and others were not.

  • Huff found guilty in plot to kill ex-wife

    CHATHAM — A jury recommended a 10-year sentence last Wednesday for a Dublin man that allegedly tried to pay someone to kill his ex-wife while serving time in Green Rock Correctional Center.

    (The intended victim was Susan Renae Huff of Hillsville.)

    After deliberating for 30 minutes, the 7-man, 5-woman panel convicted David Eugene Huff, 42, of a soliciting to commit murder charge in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, taking the word of a former inmate, Michael Anthony James.

  • Hall murder charge certified

    HILLSVILLE — Thirty minutes and three witnesses was all it took for a Carroll judge to certify first-degree murder charges against a Cana man to the grand jury.

    Chad James Hall made his first appearance in Carroll County District Court on Friday morning. He is charged in the shooting death of his friend, Justin Wade Edwards, 21, of Cana.

    Hall was arrested less than one day after a citizen found Edwards' body in Lambsburg on April 16.

    Carroll County Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Goad opened his questioning by calling Carroll Deputy Chuck Edwards to the stand.