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  • 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.

  • Carroll connection fee raises question

    HILLSVILLE — County subsidized water connections for citizens will no longer be offered, starting with a possible project in western Carroll, Public Service Authority members decided at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    Circumstances have changed since the days that Carroll County covered connection fees when citizens who signed up prior to project construction got free hook-ups, authority members discussed.

  • Court denies Dutton's murder convition appeal

    An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction against a 57-year-old Ivanhoe man in the Jan. 3, 2007, shooting death of his estranged wife.

    Robert Allen Dutton was convicted in the first-degree murder of his wife, 41-year-old Sandra, by a seven-man, five-woman jury in a Carroll County Circuit Court trial.

    Dutton was also found guilty of burglary and use of a firearm. He was sentenced to two life terms plus three years in prison.

  • Road added to utility project

    HILLSVILLE — The Woodlawn sewer project — already intended to cover a huge swath of western Carroll County — grew by one road at the Public Sewer Authority's meeting in December.

    Carrollwood Drive property owner and businessman John Nobili had been persistent in lobbying for his road's inclusion in the $5.26 million wastewater project.

  • Boucher prepares for 2009

    Looking into the new year with a new president, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) said president-elect Barack Obama will have a cooperative U.S. Congress that will serve in confronting the nation's challenges.

    Boucher discussed future plans, legislative agenda and the previous year's successes during his annual stop at The Gazette on Dec. 31.

    The Democratic “super delegate” was an Obama supporter from early on, sticking to his endorsement even though his district went for Hillary Clinton in 2008's Virginia Democratic primary.

  • Carroll named agricultural 'disaster area'

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers in Carroll County felt the heat over the summer, but federal representatives say that relief is on the way.

    On the last day of 2008, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) announced that parts of Southwest Virginia have been designated agricultural disaster areas, meaning that farmers who suffered crop losses due to the drought and excessive heat may be eligible to receive assistance from the federal government.