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  • Carroll, Hillsville oppose closing VDOT office

    HILLSVILLE — Concerned Carroll County citizens and government officials will ask the Virginia Department of Transportation to spare the Hillsville residency office from a proposed $2.6 billion in cuts.

    The economic downturn caused the Commonwealth Transportation Board to consider a restructuring of VDOT, closing residency offices and rest areas and laying off 450 employees to address the budget shortfall.

    The consolidation would close the Hillsville office and shift its services to Martinsville.

  • Helen Kyle to join Galax School Board

    After spending nearly three hours in closed session on Feb. 23 interviewing seven candidates for two seats on the Galax School Board, city council appointed Helen Kyle and reappointed Ray Kohl during Monday's meeting to fill the positions.

    The terms for Kohl, who serves as school board chairman, and vice chairwoman Theresa Lazo are set to expire June 30. Lazo decided not to seek reappointment.

    This is Kyle's second stint in public office. She previously served on Galax City Council.

  • Hammer defense requests paint analysis, special litigator

    INDEPENDENCE — The defense team for Frederick Phillip Hammer — charged with the shooting deaths of Ronald Hudler, his son Frederick Hudler and a Hudler farm worker John Steven Miller — asked Judge Brett Geisler during a motions hearing on Wednesday to allow for extra analysis of a paint chip and a litigator to rebut allegations that Hammer would be a danger in the future.

    Defense Attorney Robert Finch said he would like to send a paint chip to Microtrace LLC in New York for thorough testing.

  • Smith: use stimulus funds with caution

    HILLSVILLE — The nearly $1.6 million in funding from the federal stimulus package could save jobs in the Carroll County Public School System, and educators remain hopeful that the government will allow more flexibility in the recovery effort.

  • Horton appeal denied

    HILLSVILLE — The 14 cruelty to animal convictions against a Hillsville businessman in a puppy mill case have been upheld by a Virginia Appeals Court judge.

    This makes the second time a court has refused to overturn the 14 misdemeanor convictions against Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. resulting from a trial in Carroll General District Court.

    Those animal cruelty charges, as well as the 25 animal neglect convictions that went uncontested in this appeal, stem from a national Humane Society and Virginia PAWS campaign to expose puppy mills in the state.

  • Grayson gives Elk Creek to firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of more than 30 Elk Creek Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department members in attendance, the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week approved transferring the old Elk Creek School property to the fire department — for free.

    Kevin Spurlin, representing the county's School Facilities Committee, wasted no time telling the board what the community wanted out of the building.

  • SOL scores on the rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary scores for eighth graders and end-of-course tests for high school students brought good news to the Carroll County School Board in February.

    The scores show some of the highest results ever achieved in Carroll schools since Standards of Learning tests began in 1998, according Beverly Parker, director of school improvement.

    "In this time of economic struggle... I am very pleased to bring these results to you tonight," she told the school board.

  • Hillsville submits stimulus ideas

    HILLSVILLE — Could the federal stimulus package finance more revitalization work downtown and across Hillsville?

    Town Manager Larry South added several entries to the Virginia stimulus database Web site and registered Hillsville with its federal counterpart, after being encouraged to do so by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon).

    Two suggestions for the funds, which are meant to create jobs through infrastructure projects, relate directly to the downtown area.

  • Carroll looks at new fire, rescue policies

    HILLSVILLE — Increased oversight of volunteers and volunteer agencies will likely result from two decisions made by the Carroll supervisors at the March 9 board meeting.

    The supervisors considered two policy recommendations from the Emergency Services Board that included suspending volunteers from service when accused of crimes and requiring each fire and rescue squad to have a financial audit.

  • Public record for 2/27/09 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

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

    Richard Allen Weatherman of Galax, guilty of slander and libel; pay $50 fine and $61 costs.