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  • Goody's going out of business

    After emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Goody's Family Clothing will lay off its employees and close its doors — including its Galax store — the company announced this week.

    Management at Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was given orders not to provide any further information, but the assistant manager did say that the last day the store will be open is not certain at this time.

    Goody's will begin a going-out-of-business sale today, Friday.

  • Goody's closing will leave 30 jobless

    Goody's Family Clothing in Galax was crowded throughout the weekend as shoppers hunted for bargains during the retail store's going-out-of-business sale.

    Brandi Cartwright, manager of the Galax store, and Felicia Bowers, assistant manager, said they are still in shock about last week's announcement that the clothing chain planned to close all of its stores, including the one in Galax, which Cartwright said will put 20 to 30 employees out of work in Galax.

  • Grayson to return water plant grant

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will use $150,000 from its Community Development Fund to pay back money to the Virginia Tobacco Commission owed by Universal Food and Beverage Co.

    The company owned a water bottling plant in Independence before filing for bankruptcy about three years ago.

    Grayson National Bank purchased the plant, located off U.S. 21, following a public auction in November.

    Grayson is obligated to repay the money after Universal broke promises made in a performance agreement, which included creating hundreds of jobs.

  • Hawthorne pays back $20,000 to chamber

    HILLSVILLE — Prosecutors reached an agreement with a former executive director accused of embezzling from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    During a court appearance Tuesday in Carroll Circuit Court, Roger Thomas Hawthorne, 56, of Hillsville, pleaded guilty to a single count of petit larceny and repaid $20,000 in restitution.

    Hawthorne originally was charged with a felony count of embezzlement, but the Commonwealth motioned to have that amended to a misdemeanor charge.

  • Carroll to study tax collection options

    HILLSVILLE — As revenue from other kinds of taxes fall due to the weak economy, the Carroll County supervisors have voted to study twice-a-year tax collection.

    Supervisor Tom Littrell brought up the suggestion at the county board's Dec. 8 meeting.

    What affects the county's cash flow? One thing is that real estate taxes mostly come in once a year, in November and December, after tax tickets go out in October, he said.

    Littrell noted that tourism revenue appears to be down.

  • Carroll tries for stimulus funds for schools

    HILLSVILLE — By going for federal stimulus package money, the Carroll School Board may have found a way to pay for phase three of its facilities improvement program.

    The improvements could include a new high school in the Woodlawn area, and renovations to Carroll Intermediate School and the current high school.

  • Hammer defense building case

    INDEPENDENCE — Few updates were given during another court appearance of a man facing 16 charges in connection with three shooting deaths at a Christmas tree farm in Grayson County last January.

    Frederick Hammer — along with his four attorneys — appeared in Grayson Circuit Court last Friday to update Judge Brett Geisler on their investigation.

  • Drug ring member to serve 10 years

    ROANOKE — Danny Lee Peoples, 38, of Galax was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District on charges that he and others were involved with an organization that distributed crack cocaine in the city.

    Peoples was sentenced to 120 months of federal incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised released. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to possess and possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in August 2008.

  • Payne pleads guilty to murder accessory charge

    HILLSVILLE — A 27-year-old woman entered a guilty plea on Wednesday to being an accessory after the fact in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths of two men in Fancy Gap.

    The charge is a misdemeanor.

    Amanda Payne of Coulson Church Road was arrested following the shotgun deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17 — and the wounding of Bond's sister Amanda — at a trailer on Frog Spur Road.

  • State suspends Carroll County veterinarian

    LAUREL FORK — A Laurel Fork veterinarian already on probation has been suspended indefinitely by the state after a dog died while in her care.

    The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine took action against Mitzi Elliott of the Animal House clinic after looking into the case of a dog named Daisy.

    While Daisy was at Animal House for a routine spay operation on June 28, 2007, the dog died from what the Board of Veterinary Medicine termed "substandard care."