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  • 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.

  • Planning, cuts help Carroll balance budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County's budget process has seen several new innovations this year, earning the financial management director a round of applause at the end of a presentation at the regular April meeting on Monday.

    Carroll's 2010 budget proposal of $31.94 million comes complete with department missions, measurable goals, service levels, charts showing revenue sources, graphs showing county and state breakdowns for funding constitutional offices, explanations of large increases and decreases to line items and more.

  • Public record for 4/1/09 edition

    These land transfers were recorded Jan. 24-Feb. 5 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Cecille Sayers Pettry to Sharon Gail Pettry Zeitz and Deborah Kay Pettry Latham. 6.423 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Anna Lisa Davis and others to Ronald Lee Davis and others. A tract in the Sulphur Springs District. Gift.

    Robert Mark Reynolds and Dreama Ann Reynolds and others to Robbie Jason Reynolds and Phyllis M. Reynolds. Two tracts in the City of Galax. Gift.

  • Pubic record for 4/15/09 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded March 6-16 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    George Lewis Webb to William A. Webb. 4.97 acres in the Pipers Gap District. $84,000.

  • Public record for 4/22/09

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Nov. 27-Dec. 15 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Carroll, creditors question AmerLink

    WILSON, N.C. — Not many specifics came out in relation to AmerLink Log Homes debts in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, including the incentive monies that the company owes to Carroll County, Va.

    AmerLink received a total of $600,000 from state economic development agencies to create a promised 200 jobs and start up a saw mill and related efforts in Carroll County.

    But the jobs and the facility never materialized and the company moved to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February as it owed more than $20 million in debt to more than 200 creditors.

  • Salon's solution: trim what doesn't work

    Country Classics Hair Design will evolve its business instead of suffering from a lack of demand for tanning in the poor economy.

    The owners' decision to adapt shows that at least a few merchants are keeping their heads in the weakening of the national economy.

    Rather than continuing to get burned with the decrease in demand for tanning, Priscilla Sizemore and son Mike Burnette will shut that portion of their business down.

    The owners see the chance to provide a more necessary service in its place and they feel good about it.

  • Grayson superintendent to stay put

    INDEPENDENCE — A 10-month search for a new superintendent for Culpeper County Schools ended Monday night, but Grayson's superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas' name wasn't called.

    According to the Culpeper Star Exponent, the school board voted unanimously Monday night to appoint the assistant superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools as its new leader.