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  • Seven seek Galax School Board seats

    As the terms expire in June for Galax School Board vice chairwoman Theresa Lazo and chairman Ray Kohl, seven candidates — including one incumbent — are vying for the two seats.

    Lazo has decided not to seek reappointment.

    After interested citizens submitted letters of interest, a public hearing was held during Monday's Galax City Council meeting to hear a brief introduction from and conduct interviews with each of the candidates.

    With seven people to interview, the council meeting lasted until 11:15 p.m.

  • Two plead guilty to home invasion robbery

    ABINGDON — Two Blacksburg residents pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in Carroll County last year.

    U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley said Donnell Edward Callaham, 26, and Korie Lee Hodges, 19, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges of conspiracy, being in possession of stolen firearms and being in possession of stolen firearms with the serial number removed or obliterated.

  • Robberies were to pay bills

    HILLSVILLE — The 32-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man who tried to rob three financial services businesses in Cana during the summer of 2007 pleaded guilty to all charges in Carroll Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Carroll deputies had charged Carl Anthony Berrier with two counts of armed robbery for going into Speedy Cash and Cash to Go with a knife and demanding money in July 2007.

    A locked door at the BB&T bank in Cana stymied a similar attempt there and led to Berrier's capture. Authorities charged him with attempted robbery for that incident.

  • Carroll offices to be rearranged

    HILLSVILLE — Office shuffling in the Carroll County Governmental Center should result in better customer service, officials hope.

    Now, before a contractor can obtain all of the needed documents for a construction permit, they must visit the building official, the PSA, the erosion and sediment control inspector and the health department — in offices at different locations of the governmental center.

    Now, all these offices will be located in the same area, formerly the VA Cooperative Extension Offices.

  • Grayson schools talk early retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to close the gap on a $1.2 million cut to the Grayson County Schools’ budget, the division will consider implementing an early retirement plan.

    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas brought a proposal to the school board Feb. 9 that she said could save between $100,000 and $200,000 for the 2009-10 school year.

    “This program would benefit both the school system, and its employees,” Thomas said.

    Eligibility for the plan includes:

  • Campaign HQ fight, macing goes to court

    Two individuals accused of assaulting and pepper-spraying five people at the Republican campaign headquarters in Galax shortly before the 2008 presidential election were convicted of lesser charges of disorderly conduct in Galax General District Court on Monday.

    Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, of Galax — charged with one count of misdemeanor assault of Galax Republican Party Chairman Michael Stevens — was convicted of the reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Meinecke will serve 100 hours of community service and 60 days of jail, suspended.

  • Public record for 2/18/09 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. 

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October and November in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Rhudy R. Lineberry and Barbara S. Lineberry to Lawrence E. King and Phyllis G. King. 8.486 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. $25,033.70.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to expand in Galax

    It was the kind of announcement that hasn't been heard in Galax — nor in the furniture industry nationwide — in a long time.

    On Friday, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture announced that it will invest $2.15 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Galax, creating 100 new jobs over the next three years, saving 500 existing positions and upgrading and purchasing equipment.

  • Towe waives hearing in manslaughter case

    HILLSVILLE — A 41-year-old Cana man, accused of manslaughter and driving while drunk in the death of a 26-year-old Middlesex, N.C. woman, waived his right to a preliminary hearing last Tuesday.

    Stephen Edwin Towe of Cana appeared in Carroll General District Court briefly on Feb. 17 with his attorney, Dawn Davis Cox, on the charges stemming from a wreck on Woodlawn Road near U.S. 58 that killed 26-year-old Jessica Ruth Bowyer.

  • County deciding Elk Creek's fate

    INDEPENDENCE — The future use of the closed Elk Creek school building is still up for debate, but citizens of that Grayson County community are excited about the possibilities.

    Kevin Spurlin, member of the School Facilities Committee — formed to help determine what to do with old buildings after schools are closed — updated the board of supervisors Feb. 12 on where things stood in Elk Creek.

    A public forum was held on Jan. 26 and 58 people attended.

    Spurlin said several things were currently known about the building, including: