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  • Citizens appeal county's Spirit Harbor decision

    INDEPENDENCE — The decision whether to allow a proposed 150-site recreational park known as Spirit Harbor is now in the hands of Grayson County Circuit Court.

    According to documents filed April 10, community members — 15 in total, many of whom had spoken in opposition of the plan — petitioned the court to review the decision of the Grayson Board of Supervisors.

  • Grayson budget short by $1.3 million

    INDEPENDENCE — With Grayson County government's expenses rising drastically, leaders have to decide if a tax increase is the only answer to make ends meet next year.

    Preliminary numbers show Grayson's budget short by $2.4 million. Early projections of revenue are $14.3 million, and expenses are expected to total $17.1 million.

    The deficit, however, does not include the money expected to be returned by the school board for savings on school closures — which is good news, as the money could be anywhere from $377,000 to more than $600,000.

  • Feds take over marijuana hauling case

    HILLSVILLE — Two of three suspects arrested after Carroll deputies found 313 pounds of marijuana hidden away in a tractor-trailer now face federal charges.

    Carroll deputies and a Virginia State Police trooper in March searched a suspicious tractor-trailer parked at the Kangaroo Express on Virginia 148 in Fancy Gap.

    They found inside 313 pounds of marijuana packaged in mustard and coffee grounds.

    Deputies also found two men in the trailer after talking to the driver, and the drug dog alerted on the trailer.

  • Red Cross needs emergency funds

    On Christmas Day, one Carroll County family lost everything they had, including their children's presents, when their house caught fire.

    The Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross found them a place to stay and helped with their emergency needs.

    “That lady comes by the office regularly just to say thanks and helps us [by giving to fundraisers] to make our money,” said Joan Isom, Galax chapter director. “We live in a community that is very appreciative of what we do. And I have that to look forward to every day.”

  • Independence police chief calls for backup

    INDEPENDENCE — The Town of Independence Police Department wants more officers, but it appears the only way to fund them is through a tax increase — something town council does not want to do.

    During a budget workshop session April 22, Police Chief James Wagoner pleaded his case requesting an additional $63,932 in his department's 2009-10 budget.

    “I put in money for another officer,” Wagoner told council. “I would like to be ready for the opening of the new prison and be proactive, instead of reactive.”

  • Grayson grand jury issues indictments

    INDEPENDENCE — A Grayson County grand jury indicted a Galax man April 24 on 13 charges, several of them sex-related.

    William Estill Crigger, 29, of Skyline Highway, Galax, was indicted on five charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sodomy, possession of child pornography, one count of indecent liberties with a child by a custodian and five charges of indecent liberties with a child less than 15 years of age.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Budget calls for no tax increases

    HILLSVILLE — The town's 2009-2010 budget proposal calls for no tax increases and almost level funding in challenging economic times.

    The request for the general fund in the coming fiscal year is $9,000 less than the current year — $2.941 million proposed, as compared to $2.95 million this year.

    Town Manager Larry South wrote in the budget message that this request contains "no new bold initiative," but allows for current operations and services to continue as normal.

  • Grayson could tax twice a year

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to both help citizens and improve the cash flow during the early months of the budget year, Grayson supervisors will consider switching to biannual tax collection.

    The idea has been thrown around before, but supervisors jumped on the possibility last Tuesday during a budget workshop as a way to pay a bill coming due next fall.

  • Turman to be set free

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother is ready and able to rejoin the community under an outpatient treatment plan, a Carroll Circuit Court judge ruled on April 9.

    Doctors diagnosed Rene Loving Turman as bipolar with psychotic features and found that she did not understand the nature of her actions at the time of the February 2006 incident that left 79-year-old Susan Sprinkle Clark dead.

    Turman told a police dispatcher at the time that she thought her mother was a demon.

  • Salon offers free cuts after Nautilus trims jobs

    INDEPENDENCE — When entering a job interview, one of the key qualities any candidate should have is self-confidence.

    Having that confidence can be hard after a person loses their job and is struggling to find money and time to get the simplest things done, such as their hair.

    Melissa Shepherd, owner of The Hair Junction in Independence, hopes to help those affected by the most recent layoffs at the Nautilus plant in town.