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  • Burglary suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury on Monday indicted four men who were allegedly discovered breaking in to a Dugspur home Aug. 26 in daylight and then tried to elude police.

    The grand jury certified multiple counts against three brothers and another man in connection with the break-in.

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

    The incident happened at the home of David Branscome Jr., who returned home that day to discover the men.

  • Historic home gets help

    HILLSVILLE — After $250,000 worth of grant money had been spent fixing up the major systems in the Carter Home, the Carroll supervisors have pledged a remaining and necessary piece of work to get the historic building partially reopened.

    After two years of work that restored the chimney, roof, windows, gutters, electric system, plumbing and more, it was the state of one wooden floor that kept the house — which has its origins in the 1840s — from being reopened by the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Foundation.

  • Public record for 11/19/08 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 Aug. 3-Sept. 17 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Vaughan-Bassett to close Elkin plant

    ELKIN, N.C. — Vaughanee'Bassett Furniture Company announced Monday that it will "mothball" its Elkin plant in 60 days, which will lead to the loss of approximately 400 jobs.

    The Galax, Va.-based company emphasized, however, that it has no plans to sell either its plant or its equipment.

  • Dogs to be returned to Winesett

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

  • Alternative fuel business relaunches

    — MORE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUELS —

    BIODIESEL: A cleaner-burning alternative fuel that is created from used vegetable oil harvested from restaurants

  • Localities prepare for state cuts

    Before an audience of officials representing Galax, Carroll and Grayson at the Crossroads Institute, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds and Del. Bill Carrico delivered the local and state economic forecast during last Tuesday’s legislative dinner.

    Legislators were asked to provide feedback and input on the state budget for the next fiscal year.

    Discussing the future economy, Reynolds admits that he is extremely worried and cautious, noting that 10 million jobs are at stake at automobile plants and the low gas prices are due to the extreme downturn.

  • Warrant describes kennel conditions

    HILLSVILLE — An informant who apprised Virginia State Police investigators about the kennels on a Coulson Church Road property described as "deplorable" the living conditions under which dogs were being kept.

    Virginia State Police served a search warrant Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road at property owned by David Winesett, who once served as Carroll County's animal control officer.

    The warrant was part of an investigation into a report from a citizen about how the kennels had been kept. Investigators seized 63 dogs from the property.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arkansas

    GASSVILLE, Ark. — A search of more than seven months has ended after a man accused of robbing the Grayson National Bank branch in Whitetop, Va., was arrested in Arkansas last week.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Richard Joseph Bauer, 70, of Junction City, Ore., was arrested last Tuesday while attempting to rob the First National Bank in Gassville.

    Vaughan said authorities told him Bauer was still in the bank when officers arrived, and he was arrested without incident by Gassville police.

  • Airport commission asked to step down

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussing what to do about the proposed change at the Twin County Regional Airport Commission, Independence Town Council has passed a resolution.

    Now, they wait and see if it has any teeth.

    Back in July, Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached council asking for support to change the commission’s membership from seven localities — Carroll and Grayson counties, the City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries and Independence — to what the commission determined to be the “big three.”