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  • Hillsville reinstates suspended firefighter

    HILLSVILLE — The case of Roger Hawthorne rejoining the Hillsville Fire Department is about giving a dedicated volunteer a second chance, Chief Mike Musser says.

    Musser suspended Hawthorne from the department last year, pending the results of a Virginia State Police investigation. The investigation stemmed from allegations of embezzlement from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne’s former employer.

    A majority of the fire department’s membership voted to reinstate Hawthorne to service at a June 16 department meeting.

  • Grayson hears trash fee concerns

    INDEPENDENCE — Nearly 40 people packed the board room of the Grayson courthouse Wednesday night for a public hearing on a proposed $3 weekly charge for trash collection in the county.

    By the end of the nearly one-hour public comment period, 21 citizens had expressed their concerns with the plan.

    While some opposed the fee altogether — saying they already pay for it and/or couldn’t afford it — others questioned why their low-density, multi-family rental units would be required to have a Dumpster.

  • Public record for 6/24 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 April 10-May 29 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence.

  • Hillsville man faces burglary, drug charges

    HILLSVILLE — After picking up a subject wanted in connection with a Galax break-in, Carroll deputies also charged a 42-year-old Hillsville man with illegal drug violations, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Galax had issued warrants for Bobby Dwayne Thompson relating to the theft of tires and tools from Blue Ridge Tire, Manning said Monday.

    Last Friday, Manning spotted Thompson on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn. The sheriff and deputies Mike Combs and Shannon Goad pulled over Thompson’s vehicle.

  • Galax visitors' center work to begin

    An important part of the downtown revitalization project, the Galax visitors' center, could be complete by November or December and open by January 2010, said Keith Barker, assistant city manager.

    The building, formerly John Parsons' law office, located across from the Galax Municipal Building will feature brochures and information, a WiFi hookup and a touch-screen computer for visitor information.

    It is currently undergoing asbestos and mold removal for the next three weeks.

  • Hearing set on APCo rate proposal

    RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) will hold a public hearing on July 1 in Wytheville to gather comments about Appalachian Power's request to increase the portion of the electric bill that pays for the fuel used to generate electricity.

    The hearing will give members of the public in APCo.'s Southwest Virginia service territory a more convenient location to offer testimony as public witnesses, according to an SCC press release. The Wytheville hearing will be in addition to a hearing on the request already scheduled for June 30 in Richmond.

  • Town trashes county's garbage fee proposal

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is proposing to charge all residents of the county $3 a week for trash pickup, but Independence Town Council members feel they should have been included in negotiations.

    Now, the Town of Independence pays the county $3,000 a month to pick up residential trash in town limits.

    If the $3 weekly fee is approved, that amount would jump from $36,000 a year to more than $64,000 — a 78 percent increase, according to Town Manager Kenneth Vaught — and town residents would foot the bill instead of Independence.

  • Pursuit ends in charges

    INDEPENDENCE — A driver faces four charges in Grayson County after allegedly attempting to elude police officers the night of June 3.

    According to Cpl. Matthew Adams of the Independence Police Department, a vehicle occupied by Jason Scott Cornett, 26, of Independence pulled out in front of his police cruiser around 9:45 p.m. on Main Street.

    Adams said he attempted to stop the 1991 Chevy pick-up, but the vehicle continued west on Main.

  • Carroll eases subdivision restrictions

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll supervisors had the last say in the back-and-forth on the county's subdivision ordinance at their regular June meeting Monday, and they opted for several less restrictive standards.

    A majority of supervisors voted to lower minimum road widths and lot sizes in Class B subdivisions — which replaces the loose recreational subdivision category — and minimum sizes for lots to be served by well and septic systems in class A subdivisions.

  • Re-peeled: Carroll drops decals

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors voted to peel off county decals off vehicle windshields for good Monday.

    The supervisors held a public hearing on the idea to do away with the requirement of county decals and adding the related fee to a resident's personal property tax bill.

    One person — Guy Clark of Lambsburg, a former resident of the Tidewater area —supported the idea enthusiastically.