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  • Drugs, guns seized near school

    HILLSVILLE — Local police charged four people and seized nearly six pounds of marijuana, 28 guns and $12,800 in cash when they searched a home at 604 Woodlawn Road at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carroll Sheriff Warren Manning reports.

    Carroll Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith — working with colleagues from the Hillsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police — got the search warrant for the home of Charles Terry Caudill, 52, the sheriff said.

  • Lambsburg Rescue still in limbo

    HILLSVILLE — While a Lambsburg resident objected strongly to the halt on dispatching his community's volunteer rescue squad, the Carroll supervisors at their Feb. 9 meeting stood by the administrative decision to put a stop to the agency's emergency medical response.

    The action followed an alleged breach of protocol in December 2008, when Lambsburg Rescue Squad members did not provide necessary advanced life support on a call involving a heart attack.

  • Town officials question decision not to re-open Hillsville Rescue

    HILLSVILLE — In trying to restart the town's rescue squad, Hillsville officials find they do not have the necessary support from Carroll County.

    Officials closed Hillsville Rescue Squad four years ago after a former captain inappropriately used an ambulance to haul furniture from Marion to Hillsville, but last year Hillsville Town Council members started a push to reopen the agency.

    The process of reinstating the squad, however, required a "certificate of need" from the Carroll Board of Supervisors.

  • Hillsville dog breeder charged again

    HILLSVILLE — The commercial dog breeder from Hillsville who was convicted of multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect in 2008 faces 15 new misdemeanor charges after a surprise Jan. 27 inspection, according to Carroll's commonwealth's attorney.

    Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. was previously convicted of 14 counts of animal cruelty and 25 counts of neglect in Carroll General District Court. Those convictions were upheld in Carroll circuit, and Horton has asked the Virginia Appeals Court to overturn the initial ruling.

  • Judge accepts Hammer motions

    INDEPENDENCE — Two motions were accepted in Grayson Circuit Court Wednesday morning related to a man charged in connection with three shootings deaths at a tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in court last Wednesday to file more paperwork regarding a list of expenses on another trip the investigators took.

    Also during the hearing, Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler accepted two motions filed earlier this month, including:

  • 'Spirit Harbor' location clarified

    INDEPENDENCE — While it may have appeared to some that a proposed Christian recreational park for seniors would be located in the Cox's Chapel area of Grayson County, residents there say it would not fall within their community.

    "From an accuracy standpoint, not a single individual who spoke at the planning board's public hearing or sent letters in opposition to the Spirit Harbor project is from Cox's Chapel," resident George Haydt told The Gazette.

    The 148-acre site is just west of the community, in what is known as the Fox Knob community.

  • Proposed bill would tax Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A proposal to repeal the Business, Professional and Occupational License tax for localities in House Bill 2205 was enough to make Hillsville officials nervous.

    The bill submitted by Del. Jeffrey Frederick (R-Woodbridge) was tabled in the House Finance Committee, but that doesn't preclude it from being brought back up on the floor of the General Assembly, said Town Manager Larry South in a discussion at the Jan. 26 Hillsville Town Council meeting.

  • New life for Hillsville thrift store?

    HILLSVILLE — The thrift store in the old Bassett Walker building supports the New Life Ministry’s food bank, but Brother Leon Goad could see the warehouse space serving another purpose in the future.

    Feeding the more than 400 people who come to the food bank each month since the severe downturn in the national economy is important work, but Goad would also like to see the building used to create jobs again.

    Nobody’s being spared by what has been termed a national recession.

  • Hiring on hold for Grayson prison

    INDEPENDENCE — Last summer, the Virginia Department of Corrections announced it would soon begin hiring correctional officers for the new state prison being built just outside of Independence to allow potential employees the opportunity to gain experience prior to the July 2010 opening.

    Now — six months later — nobody has been hired and the department of corrections is unsure when hiring may take place.

    According to DOC Director Gene Johnson, the department is continuing to work hard towards opening the new prison, including a plan to hire early.

  • Hillsville talks growth, annexation

    HILLSVILLE — There should be no boundaries in the updates to Hillsville's comprehensive plan that stand in the way of future annexation, town officials discussed at the Jan. 26 council meeting.

    When planner Howard Kohn brought a map showing expanded town limits, Hillsville representatives seemed surprised that the drawings didn't reflect the probable inclusion of the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 inside the municipal boundaries.