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  • Grant to pay for Grayson water system

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents won't have to foot the entire bill for the Grant community water extension project that will serve the new Grayson Highlands School near Volney.

    Congressman Rick Boucher and U.S. senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb announced last week that Grayson County would receive $1.057 million to construct the new system.

    The funding is a result of the economic recovery act approved by Congress and will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Development Agency.

  • CVS fire under investigation

    A fire that started in a plastic trash container outside of CVS in Galax on Sept. 3 caused moderate damage to the building, said Galax Fire Chief David Hankley.

    The fire department responded to the call at about 10:30 p.m. after a passerby saw the fire in the trash can.

    Hankley said the fire spread up to the facade, and smoke extended into the store. He is unsure of how the fire started, but the fire is being investigated.

    CVS reopened the next day.

  • Public record for 9/16/09 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded July 29-Aug. 13 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Public record for 9/9/09 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in January in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Carrie D. Bobbitt of Galax, guilty of bad check larceny of $39.66; pay $81 costs.

  • Galax schools make the grade

    Galax City Public Schools is one of just 25 Virginia school divisions — out of more than 100 — in which all schools met the 29 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) performance benchmarks established by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

    Of these divisions, Galax was one of only 21 divisions in Virginia where all schools and the division as a whole made AYP for 2008-2009.

  • Boucher skeptical of 'government option' health care

    DUBLIN — Emotions ran high as about 1,200 people packed an auditorium at New River Community College on Tuesday to tell U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher why they opposed or supported the attempt to overhaul health care.

    Boucher, D-Abingdon, said he would not endorse or condemn any legislation during the three-hour town hall meeting, but he did offer insight into his thoughts on some key components of the latest proposals.

  • Waddell nurses allege unfair firing

    Melissa Reeves and Michelle Bateman say they didn't deserve to be fired from Waddell Nursing & Rehab after their allegations led to last month's arrests of two co-workers.

    Livia Crisan, 25, of Galax, and Sharon Walker, 39, of Fries, face criminal charges accusing them of taking pornographic and inappropriate pictures of residents with their camera phones without consent. They were terminated from Waddell as a result of an investigation.

    Reeves and Bateman had worked as certified nursing assistants at the Galax nursing home for more than two years.

  • Grayson extends line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE – For the second year in a row, Grayson County leaders were forced to borrow money after cash-flow challenges.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told the board of supervisors during its regular meeting Aug. 13 that the first drawdown of $2 million was received the day before.

    Sweet told The Gazette that the county took out a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note with Carter Bank & Trust by way of competitive bid to assist the county with cash-flow deficiencies.

  • Grayson applies for enterprise zone

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson leaders are looking to work with the towns of Independence and Fries to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet attended Independence town council's regular meeting Aug. 11 to talk about the program.

    Sweet said the program — which was established by the General Assembly in 1982 — is a partnership between state and local governments in which both parties seek to improve economic conditions within a targeted area of distress.

  • A cool idea for farmers

    HILLSVILLE — Newly installed equipment at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market may have a chilling effect on certain kinds of produce, but it can heat up some new markets for local farmers.

    A visitor standing on the grounds of the wholesale warehouse during the sweet corn harvest will see a couple forklifts zipping around, loading crates of the product onto conveyor belt that take it through a constant shower raining down from big white plastic pipes on the inside of a converted transfer truck bin.