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  • Idea makes citizens howl

    HILLSVILLE — Dogs chasing cars and barking all night are staples of country living, said a majority of citizens speaking out against nuisance and noise ordinance proposals dealing with animals at hearings before Carroll supervisors Dec. 8.

    The proposed noise ordinance named any animal or bird that would "cause frequent or long-continued noise," like barking, whining or howling. The proposal would also regulate noise from loud car or home stereos, collecting garbage before 5 a.m., musical instruments and more.

  • Tourism promotion pays off for Grayson

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County has taken huge steps forward in its tourism industry in the past year and the results are finally being seen.

    During the board of supervisors' meeting Dec. 11, Felicia Hash of the Grayson administrator's office updated members on recent tourism awards and traffic counts on Grayson's Web site.

    The first thing Hash talked about was the various awards Grayson won in “Blue Ridge Country” magazine.

  • Carroll to fund Exit 19 water start-up

    HILLSVILLE — Three of Carroll's governing entities made a pact Dec. 17 to cover costs for Rural Development loans to get water and sewer to Exit 19.

    This is part of a continuing effort to prepare the Interstate 77 exit, also being referred to as "Wildwood," for intended commercial and industrial development.

    Five elected officials on the Carroll Board of Supervisors simultaneously met as both county board representatives and as Public Service Authority members, and they were joined by four members of the Industrial Development Authority.

  • Grayson to address bullying problems

    INDEPENDENCE — Bullying in the nation’s schools has become a significant problem, and the Grayson County School System is hoping to bring awareness to the problem next month.

    During its regular meeting Dec. 15, the Grayson School Board adopted a resolution recognizing January as “Bully Prevention Awareness Month.”

  • VDOT getting ready for winter

    INDEPENDENCE — Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation opted to consolidate various roads headquarters in Grayson County.

    Now officials can look back at what they learned.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors asked Mathew Cox of VDOT to update them on what was learned during the previous year’s winter weather when fewer maintenance trucks were on the road.

    VDOT left only two county road headquarters after September 2007 — down from four.

  • Zoning change would allow new fundraising events

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough throughout the Twin Counties and local fire departments and rescue squads are looking for new ways to bring in revenue.

    Nearly a year ago, Independence Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Smith approached the Grayson Planning Commission looking for a change to the county's zoning ordinance to allow firefighters to host a lawn mower racing fundraiser.

    The events draw big crowds and are lucrative events for non-profit agencies. A similar race each summer in Galax packs the grandstands with thousands of spectators.

  • Seized Hillsville dogs may be sold to shelter

    The Hillsville kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized last month from what state police called "deplorable" conditions is considering selling the dogs to the Angels of Assisi shelter in Roanoke.

    Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, the attorney representing David Winesett, said Tuesday that his client is getting out of the dog breeding business.

    "It has just taken a toll on him going through all this," Kilgore said.

  • Public record for 12/3/08 and 12/10/08 editions

    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.

    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.  

  • Nautilus expansion to create 60 jobs in Grayson

    Sixty new jobs will be created for Grayson County through a planned $1.7 million expansion by Nautilus, Inc., when it adds production for a cardio exercise equipment line.

    Gov. Tim Kaine announced on Thursday the plans by Nautilus to expand. Virginia successfully competed with Oregon and China for the project, the governor said.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Wishing you a happy holiday season, from The Gazette!