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  • North Carolina authorities find, arrest Jones

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Picked up by police coming out of a pawn shop in Asheboro, the suspect in an April 29 bank robbery in Ramseur and the last known person to see a missing Fries, Va., woman remains in custody.
    The apprehension of Matthew Steven Jones, 34, came after a quick-thinking worker at Garner Brothers Pawn Shop on North Fayetteville Street notified local authorities, according to reports from the Asheboro Courier-Tribune newspaper.

  • Fries to hold pet owners responsible for animal antics

    FRIES — While a dog barked somewhere outside the meeting, as if in protest, Fries Town Council at its April meeting took action on an ordinance to address animal noises and other responsibilities of pet owners.
    Council members had heard concerns from citizens for some time about noise from barking dogs.

  • Van would help paralyzed volunteer give back

    INDEPENDENCE — A local woman could win a handicapped-accessible van through a national contest sponsored by the non-profit National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.
    Althea Estey of Independence is paralyzed after what a friend describes as a bizarre accident.
    Estey, a well-known local artist and community volunteer, is listed on the NMEDA’s “Local Heroes” contest website. The contest is in recognition of Mobility Awareness Month.
    Her friend, Taphne Taylor, is encouraging people to vote for Estey so she can win the van.

  • Bypass speed limit increase delayed


    UPDATE MAY 6 — Rain has washed out the Virginia Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on U.S. 58 at Hillsville in the short term.

    Though VDOT had anticipated being able to install the new superhighway speed limit signs on what's commonly known as the Hillsville bypass by May 6, but inclement weather has interfered.

  • Grayson budget shortfall shrinks

    INDEPENDENCE – After recommendations from the county administrator and a few additional adjustments, Grayson County Supervisors have closed the gap in the 2013-14 budget by more than $1.2 million.
    Supervisors held their second budget work session on May 1 and began the night facing a much more manageable $240,000 deficit between projected revenues and expenditures for the FY 2014 budget.

  • APCo rate hike would raise bills by 1.5%

    August hearings are set on proposed rate increases sought by Appalachian Power Co.
    The State Corporation Commission said Monday that it will hold a hearing Aug. 28 on the utility’s request to recover more than $11 million in costs associated with its natural gas-fired power plant in Dresden, Ohio. The deadline for public comments is Aug. 21.
    Appalachian also is seeking to recover more than $38 million associated with installing equipment to meet state and federal environmental requirements.

  • Town listens to concerns about noisy truck brakes

    HILLSVILLE — A Hillsville citizen is asking the town council to put a stop to the use of compression release engine brakes.
    Patti Ashley approached Hillsville Town Council members during their April 22 meeting to make the request.
    “The use of these are not only very loud, but also are detrimental to the roads, structures and sidewalks,” said Ashley, who owns the Time Factory of Hillsville with her husband. “There are many communities in the United States that prohibit the use of compression braking within municipal limits.”

  • Natural gas safety precautions in place

    HILLSVILLE — While still trying to hook up natural gas to its first customer, Carroll County held a meeting April 25 to impress on citizens the safety measures needed in case something goes wrong with the service in the future.
    Dennis Cole, who managed the gas line project for Carroll County, stressed that if anyone hears a roar of gas escaping the line or smells the odorizer that goes in with the gas to get out of the area and to call emergency officials.

  • Reward offered in missing person case

    The family of Desia Rae George is offering a $5,000 reward for solid information leading to George being found.

    If a person comes forward with that information, they will get the reward, no questions asked.

    Anyone with information that may help in this case is asked to contact the Carroll Sheriff¹s Department at (276) 728-4146.

  • UPDATED: Boyfriend of missing woman a suspect in N.C. bank robbery

    HILLSVILLE — A suspect in a Monday bank robbery in North Carolina was named as a “person of interest” in a Carroll County police investigation into the April 15 disappearance of Desia Rae George of Fries.
    “We do have a person of interest in the missing person [case] of Desia Rae, one of the last people she had contact with,” Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Donnie Spangler said at a press conference Tuesday morning. “Matthew Steven Jones, age 34. Right now, we’re looking for him.”