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  • Utility project funded

    After receiving six bids, Galax City Council at its Jan. 18 meeting awarded a contract to Ramey Inc. of North Carolina to replace sewer lines on Shaw Street and Stanley Drive.

    Ramey placed a bid of $747,578.

    The project will include replacing more than 4,000 linear feet of existing 12- and 8-inch pipe that are decades old, replacing and installing 35 manholes and other miscellaneous work.

  • Grayson hires financial forecaster

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders continue to implement changes to help safeguard the county during financial hard times.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told The Gazette on Monday that the county entered into an agreement for financial services with the firm Robinson, Farmer, Cox to provide the county with a financial forecasting instrument.

    The instrument, he said, will be used for evaluation of financial health, budgeting, strategic planning, capital outlay and the appropriate setting of tax levies and fees.

  • Committee shoots down gun show background checks

    RICHMOND — A perennial effort in the Virginia General Assembly to close the so-called “gun-show loophole” was shot down in a House of Delegates subcommittee last week.

    The bill would have required prospective buyers to undergo an instant criminal background check before buying a firearm from a private seller at a gun show, like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville.

    Such checks are now required only when the gun is being sold by a licensed dealer.

  • Business advisory council forms

    The origin of Carroll's Business Advisory Council stems from the fact that half of all new jobs come from successful local companies that grow and hire new workers.

    The advisory council — facilitated by Bernie Deck, Carroll's business development specialist — will work to create conditions that help local companies become successful and undergo such expansions.

    One way to do that is to assemble on a regular basis knowledgeable business representatives and have them brainstorm about opportunities, challenges and ways to address them.

  • Crisan sentenced in photo scandal

    Livia Crisan of Galax, a former Waddell Nursing & Rehab certified nursing assistant, was found guilty in Galax General District Court on Monday morning for taking pictures of nursing home residents while they were undressed.

  • Public record for 2/10/10 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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 5, 2009 - Jan. 8, 2010, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Fire cause remains unknown

    HILLSVILLE — Residents of the Briarleigh Court apartments, forced out by a Jan. 9 fire that consumed one section of the building, find themselves pining for home two weeks later.

    Residents find themselves in different situations after the blaze broke out in one wing and destroyed 10 apartments — some are staying with family, but a few remain in the motel rooms where they sought emergency shelter.

    While fortunately no fatalities arose from the fire, it has displaced 37 residents for at least several weeks.

  • Miniclier, Arduin indicted

    INDEPENDENCE — An Independence dentist and a pharmacist were both indicted on drug charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on Jan. 22.

    Dr. Gordon Miniclier, 58, was indicted on eight charges including: assault on a law enforcement officer (Virginia State Police Special Agent Nicholas Ryan White); one count of distribution of a schedule IV controlled substance; two counts of distribution of a schedule II controlled substance and four counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation of material fact.

  • Alert service expands

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's sending out a message that local officials want to put in place better emergency communications with the public.

    To that end, the Carroll supervisors found out at their Jan. 11 that they will send out alerts to cell phones and e-mail accounts through the nixle.com service.

    Likewise, Hillsville announced they would participate in the messaging service. Then, as if to illustrate its usefulness, the town sent out two notifications within 24 hours.

  • Rooftop facing massive cuts

    With a proposed 62 percent reduction in state funding at Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program, this could lead to a reduction in staff, closing the outreach facilities in Whitetop and Cana, cutting services and decreasing the number of clients by 75 percent, according to Chris Bedsaul, executive director of Rooftop.