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  • Carroll court unseals charges

    HILLSVILLE — Several unsealed indictments have been released by the Carroll Circuit Court.

    Indictments are typically sealed until warrants can be served to those named in the court papers.

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

    The unsealed indictments named:

    • Brenda Dawn Bowers — obtaining drugs by false pretenses, four counts.

    • Robert T. Mabe — two counts of embezzlement from the Commonwealth of Virginia

    • Marshall Nelson Sheets — obtain money by false pretenses

  • Auto industry uncertainty drives dealership changes

    Selling its Ford dealership in Woodlawn in November and closing its Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership in Galax last month were not only ways of dealing with economic challenges facing the auto companies, but also a way to better focus on customers, said Johnson Family of Dealerships owner Jeff Johnson.

    He also owns Johnson Automotive in Hillsville and Jeff Johnson Chevrolet in Woodlawn, and these dealerships offer the largest variety of vehicles in Galax and the Twin County area.

  • Carroll considers fire fees

    HILLSVILLE — Fees for fire department services, charged to insurance companies, might be on the agenda in Carroll County in the near future.

    Included in the April board meeting packet for the Carroll County Supervisors as an informational item is a draft ordinance written by Emergency Services Director Joe Roma.

    The draft states that the idea is to "offset the continued cost of providing emergency fire protection services and to provide funds to equip and operate such services to promote the public health, safety and welfare."

  • People Inc. offers 'micro loans' for small businesses

    The team of Twin County localities and People Inc. will make available a small business loan program, after the state chipped in $200,000.

    Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development provided the grant and community action agency People Inc. of Southwest Virginia matched that with $120,000 borrowed from the Small Business Administration, said Robert Goldsmith, People Inc.'s president and CEO.

  • Bench still empty in 27th Judicial District

    The General Assembly made no appointment to fill the vacant 27th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judgeship before adjourning this year's session.

    That means that no action has been taken to find a permanent replacement for Michael Keith Blankenship, who resigned from that post at the end of last year.

    Legislators normally make the judicial appointments, but the state senators and delegates could not come to a consensus on the pool of candidates for the judgeship.

  • Owner hopes changes bring customers to Journey's End

    INDEPENDENCE — In tough economic times, people are quick to give up many things, one of which is eating out.

    Taphne Taylor owns and operates the Davis Bourne Inn and Journey's End Restaurant in Independence, and knows all about the hard times. In recent months, she has been working overtime to come up with new ideas to bring business to both her restaurant and inn.

    One recent change was to hire a new chef to cook at her restaurant.

  • Public record for 3/18/09 and 3/25/09 editions

    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 Dec. 1-23 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 4/8/09 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 Feb. 6-19 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson picks Sweet for administrator

    INDEPENDENCE — Former Grayson County High School student Jonathan Sweet will return home to take over as county administrator on June 1.

    Sweet — who has spent the last six years working as Bland County administrator — was one of 30 applicants for the job to replace 27-year veteran of the county Bill Ring.

    Ring is set to retire at the end of May.

  • New manager lands at airport

    HILLSVILLE — Dave Ritter saw the world with the Marines before he landed the job as the new Twin County Airport manager.

    A Willis native who now lives in Hillsville, Ritter, 48, came almost full circle when he returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains after being a jet engine mechanic for the corps in Memphis, California and Hawaii and then serving as head of the embassy guard in Nepal, among other military assignments.

    Now, Ritter sees one of his missions at the airport as getting more people involved in the public facility.