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  • Beamer succumbs to illness

    HILLSVILLE — Emily Page Beamer, 11, of Hillsville passed away Tuesday at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

    Emily had been diagnosed with pineoblastoma brain tumor on March 13, 2008, and had been undergoing chemotherapy at Duke University.

    Despite being diagnosed while in the fifth grade at Fancy Gap Elementary, she continued to study and graduated with her class.

    She remained an inspiration for her family members by staying positive and strong and smiling through the hardships.

  • DUI charge results in leave of absence

    HILLSVILLE — The executive director of the Carroll Wellness Center has taken a leave of absence after allegedly hitting a parked police car while drunk on May 22.

    Carroll County Deputy C.E. Edwards charged Gregory Randall Hampton, 45, of Galax with driving while intoxicated, second offense in five years, according to Carroll County General District Court paperwork.

    The deputy noted in the report that Hampton had hit a parked police car and that the smell of alcohol was present.

    A test yielded a blood-alcohol concentration of .10, the court papers said.

  • County sets public hearing on vehicle stickers

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors have scheduled a public hearing for their regular June meeting to hear comments on a plan to do away with vehicle decals.

    Assistant Administrator Nikki Shank, Finance Director Pam Smith, Treasurer Bonita Williams and Commissioner of Revenue Louise Quesenberry have all met to discuss the best way to end the requirement to put decals in personal vehicles, while still retaining the fee.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell reported on the resulting proposal.

  • Carroll studies wind power

    HILLSVILLE — Locals are used to thinking of Carroll County as a windswept place — and researchers studying wind energy production say that's partly true.

    It's not unusual to hear about wind knocking down high-profile vehicles on Interstate 77. The latest incident just happened, when gusts caused a loaded trailer to shift, roll and wreck. 

    Fancy Gap residents say wind and fog are the community's weather issues.

  • AmerLink seeks change of venue

    RICHMOND — A company sued by Carroll County for the return of 32.4 acres used as an incentive in a failed economic development deal has asked that the case be consolidated with AmerLink's bankruptcy.

    The deal with AmerLink was supposed to create 200 jobs and $3 million in investment in Carroll County, but the log home manufacturer only created one job in four years.

    AmerLink, a subsidiary of Harlingen Holdings, had received $600,000 in state incentive funds and the 32.4 acres of land from Carroll County as part of the deal.

  • Schools will get money, but can't keep it all

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of meetings and talks between the Grayson Board of Supervisors and county school board, the school division may get exactly what it requested for the 2009-10 budget.

    But, additional cuts may still be needed.

    The school board submitted a request to the supervisors for level funding — no increase or decrease — for the 2009-10 school budget, in the amount of $4.65 million.

  • Rescue squad seeks answers

    LAMBSBURG — Lambsburg Rescue Squad members want answers as to why they were shut down, and they hope to get them at a community meeting May 29.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lambsburg Rescue Squad building.

    Susie Edwards, secretary/treasurer for the squad, has sent registered letters to the Carroll County supervisors, telling them about the meeting.

    Lambsburg has been in limbo since December 2008, when county officials alleged a breach of protocol by the squad on a heart attack call.

  • Carroll pool closing questioned at hearing

    HILLSVILLE — Listening to just one objection to closing the county pool didn't seem to make much of a splash with the Carroll supervisors at the May 18 public hearing for the proposed 2009-2010 budget.

    Projected to cost about $50,000 more to operate than the revenue it would bring in, the pool is the only county service that faces being cut out of the budget completely.

  • VDOT wants big trucks to stay unstuck

    HILLSVILLE — Two road-related public hearings have been scheduled for the May 11 meeting of the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

    One hearing will be for the secondary road construction budget for 2010, and the second will seek input on placing restrictions on Virginia 620 on Lambsburg Mountain to keep tractor-trailers from getting stuck there.

    Bob Beasley, resident administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation office in Hillsville, approached county supervisors about the need for hearings on these two topics at their April meeting.

  • Grayson talks trash, taxes

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders are considering charging for curbside trash pickup to close a nearly $1.1 million gap in the 2009-10 budget County residents could also face a 3 cent tax increase on the levy and a 25 cent increase on personal property.

    Supervisors began their budget workshop Tuesday night with a $900,000 deficit.

    The ongoing issue of how much money to provide the school system was again the highlight of the meeting.