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  • Judge: Dove not guilty

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man charged with seven felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child has been found not guilty in Grayson Circuit Court.

    Grayson County Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Vaught told The Gazette that David Dove was found not guilty in a bench trial after two full days of testimony.

  • Dogged by detractors, trespassing proposal put down

    HILLSVILLE — No one liked a proposal meant to deal with nuisance dogs, and the Carroll supervisors unanimously buried the idea at their Jan. 11 meeting.

    The proposal would have let people who are harassed by aggressive or nuisance dogs on their own property make a complaint to authorities, and the animal control officer would take action based on the complaint.

    Citizens reacted. In December, several citizens turned out to share their support or displeasure for the idea, even though the public hearing wasn't scheduled until December.

  • Briarleigh Court in Hillsville burns

    HILLSVILLE — Following the Saturday morning blaze at Briarleigh Court apartments on North Main Street, one resident suffered burns and smoke inhalation and remains hospitalized.

    Emergency officials say that the fire started at about 4:30 a.m. at the apartments owned by Rural Development.

    All 37 residents of the independent living facility for the elderly were accounted for. Three of them had smoke inhalation.

    Resident Emily Bowman remained in good condition at Twin County Regional Hospital Monday after being admitted for treatment.

  • Dept. of Health: Virginia flu levels dropping

    For the first time since mid-September, Virginia has dropped from the list of states that have widespread levels of flu, ending a 15-week run.

    Diane Woolard, division director of the department for surveillance and investigation at the Virginia Department of Health, said the state has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Virginia is no longer experiencing widespread levels of flu as of the week ending Jan. 2.

    The levels in Virginia are still higher than normal for this time of year, because of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

  • Shock and Awe

    Despite the frigid weather last Thursday, many Twin County residents got hot under the collar.

    That heat was fueled by anger after opening their electric bills.

    While the bills should have been no surprise, given the months of debate about American Electric Power's 14.5 percent base rate increase request, seeing those figures in print was still a shock.

  • Gov. Kaine proposes more cuts to Grayson

  • General Assembly 2010: What's on tap for business?

    RICHMOND — The state budget and transportation funding, no doubt, will be dominant themes of the General Assembly session that starts today, Wednesday, in Richmond.

    But hundreds of other bills also will be introduced. Some of those would affect businesses: how they are taxed, how they bag merchandise, how they're insured.

    Many bills will be tabled as legislators try to hold down state spending this year and avoid tax increases.

  • Grayson elects new chairman

    INDEPENDENCE — A new face will lead the Grayson County Board of Supervisors through what is expected to be a tough budget season.

    Former Vice Chairman Larry Bartlett will take the reigns of the county's highest board for 2010 after receiving the only nomination during the supervisor's reorganizational meeting Jan. 6.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet opened the meeting and called for nominations. Supervisor Doug Carrico nominated Bartlett, and with no further nominations, he was declared chairman by acclamation.

  • Wired Road adds third service provider

    NationsLine has become the latest service provider available to businesses and homes through The Wired Road.

    The Wired Road is a community-owned, regional, open-access network serving Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax.

    Based in Roanoke, NationsLine will offer business and residential Internet access and voice-over-IP telephone, computer data backup and IP trunking. These services, which customers can purchase as a bundle on one bill, became available within parts of The Wired Road’s service area Jan. 5, said Debbie Bolen, The Wired Road marketing manager.

  • Public record for 1/20/10 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 19, 2009 – Dec. 4, 2009, in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: