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  • Teen recovering from accident

    FRIES — A 17-year-old who was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident nearly a month ago was expected to return home Monday.

    Phillip Mathew Norman, of Fries, was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Sept. 15 after his vehicle collided with a tree.

    Nearly a month later, Norman is scheduled to come home, according to his sister, Crystal.

  • Localities backing micro-loan program

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County became the final piece of the puzzle for a regional grant application to bring a micro-lending business to the Twin Counties.

    The board of supervisors approved the application during its regular meeting Oct. 9 — joining the City of Galax and Carroll County.

    The process began in July when Brian Phipps of People Inc. of Abingdon approached the boards about the business that provides a micro-lending program for emerging businesses in the Twin Counties.

  • 85 new businesses created

    The Crossroads Small Business Development Center has led to the creation of 85 new businesses that represent the potential of 391 jobs.

    The center, along with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center which assists with small business development, hosted the recent “Celebration of Entrepreneurial Business Achievements” dinner and ribbon-cutting to recognize small business owners.

  • County budgets overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — With one quarter of the 2008-09 fiscal year officially complete, several departments in Grayson are already being red-flagged.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring gave an update on the budget to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting last Thursday night.

    “Times are difficult,” said Ring. “Money is short.”

    Of course, the summer and fall months tend to be the slower because tax revenues have not begun to come in.

  • Furniture company goes eco-friendly

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult furniture in the nation, has set goals to drastically reduce solid waste, electricity consumption and finishing waste, allowing the company to become certified in Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC).

    The environmental management program was launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance in 1999. It is a set of management tools and principles that a company can use to integrate environmental concerns into daily business practices.

  • Chamber requests investigation

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia State Police confirmed that an investigation is underway into financial allegations at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Sgt. Mike Conroy confirmed that chamber officials are cooperating with the investigation.

    As the state police just got the information last Monday, the investigation is just starting. Conroy estimated that a typical investigation like this takes 60 to 90 days.

  • Littrell weighs in on closed meetings

    HILLSVILLE — As a candidate for the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Tom Littrell campaigned on having more open county meetings and using closed sessions as sparingly as possible.

    After sitting in on both open and closed sessions, Littrell the supervisor believes that county officials have correctly and appropriately used exemptions allowed by law.

    The point was raised recently by citizen Mike Goldwasser, as closed sessions have related to land deals by Carroll’s governing bodies.

  • Weststar deeds pump station to Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — An arrangement between developers and Carroll County over a pumping station near Interstate 77 has been reached.

    In a press release Monday, Carroll officials said that the board of supervisors and public service authority have reached “an exceptionally reasonable agreement” regarding the pump station at the intersection of I-77 and U.S. 58.

    The pump station property was located on land that Weststar Investments LLC bought at the intersection.

  • Board seeks input on school chief hiring

    The Galax City School Board will seek citizen input on the qualifications they desire in a new schools superintendent.

    The board has started the process of hiring a new superintendent to replace Sam Cook, who will retire at the end of 2008. Cook has been a superintendent of Galax schools since July 1, 1996, and is retiring after more than 42 years in public education.

  • Dog loses leg in bear attack

    TROUTDALE — A family's dog is left with three legs after she was attacked by a bear last week within 500 feet of a popular playground where children were playing.

    Scarlett McGrady of Troutdale said it happened last Friday.

    McGrady was in Galax around 4 p.m. on Oct. 3 and called her house to tell her children she would be late getting home from work.

    “My daughter, Cheyenne answered the phone telling me that something had just happened to Xenia [the family's Siberian Husky] at the playground and she was bleeding,” she said.