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  • Carroll tries for stimulus funds for schools

    HILLSVILLE — By going for federal stimulus package money, the Carroll School Board may have found a way to pay for phase three of its facilities improvement program.

    The improvements could include a new high school in the Woodlawn area, and renovations to Carroll Intermediate School and the current high school.

  • Hammer defense building case

    INDEPENDENCE — Few updates were given during another court appearance of a man facing 16 charges in connection with three shooting deaths at a Christmas tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in Grayson Circuit Court last Friday to update Judge Brett Geisler on their investigation.

  • Drug ring member to serve 10 years

    ROANOKE — Danny Lee Peoples, 38, of Galax was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District on charges that he and others were involved with an organization that distributed crack cocaine in the city.

    Peoples was sentenced to 120 months of federal incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in August 2008.

  • Payne pleads guilty to murder accessory charge

    HILLSVILLE — A 27-year-old woman entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to being an accessory after the fact in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths of two men in Fancy Gap.

    The charge is a misdemeanor.

    Amanda Payne of Coulson Church Road was arrested following the shotgun deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17 — and the wounding of Bond's sister Amanda — at a trailer on Frog Spur Road.

  • State suspends Carroll County veterinarian

    LAUREL FORK — A Laurel Fork veterinarian already on probation has been suspended indefinitely by the state after a dog died while in her care.

    The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine took action against Mitzi Elliott of the Animal House clinic after looking into the case of a dog named Daisy.

    While Daisy was at Animal House for a routine spay operation on June 28, 2007, the dog died from what the Board of Veterinary Medicine termed "substandard care."

  • Public record for 12/17/08 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 Oct. 3-21 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Grayson considers line of credit

    INDEPENDENCE — The month of October was a tough one financially for Grayson County, after county leaders were forced to borrow $1.6 million to pay the bills.

    Now, the board of supervisors is considering the idea of establishing a line of credit with a local bank to cover any shortfall in the future.

    During last month's meeting, supervisors asked County Administrator Bill Ring to request proposals for a line of credit and return to the December meeting with his findings. Ring returned this month with two options — SunTrust and Carter Bank.

  • Ground broken for major Carroll utility project

    WOODLAWN — Winter weather cut down on the warmth with which the ground breaking of the Woodlawn sewer might have received on a more mild day than Dec. 9.

    Moisture-laden winds on that overcast day made the temperatures seem cooler than the 40s, which prompted Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) to keep his remarks brief.

    The U.S. Congressman, as well as local officials, stressed the broad swath of Carroll County to which the $5.26 million project will provide wastewater treatment services.

  • FMS renovation bids lower than expected

    INDEPENDENCE — In November 2008, Grayson Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas pleaded her case to the board of supervisors that the budget for Phase I of the new school project was still within the 10 percent margin allowed.

    In December, the low bid was way off from the school system's prediction of $6.4 million for renovations at Fries Middle School — but, on the positive side this time.

  • Wreck a reminder of deadly explosion

    Almost a year to the day after a tragic propane tank explosion that killed two and injured three others at a laundromat in Fries, a chillingly similar accident occurred in Galax.

    After a car struck the Fries tank on Dec. 10, 2007, leaking gas was ignited by spark from a clothes dryer. The result was a fireball that set a fire station ablaze and a shockwave that heavily damaged a building.

    This time, thankfully, no one was injured.