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  • MONEY TRAIL

    The Crooked Road initiative, launched along U.S. 58 in Southwest Virginia in 2002, has brought in nearly 264,000 visitors to the region so far this year and the economic impact totals $23 million each year, according to a 2008 assessment of Virginia's heritage music trail that was presented at a press conference Dec. 9 at the Rex Theater in Galax.

    The historic theater's stage is one of the music venues on the trail.

  • Judge upholds ruling to return dogs

    Dismissal of a civil case was upheld Wednesday against a Carroll County dog kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized by the state last month.

    Carroll Circuit Judge Brett Geisler ruled that a lower court had acted properly when it dismissed the case against David Winesett of Coulson Church Road, who once served as Carroll’s chief dog warden.

    The dogs had been in the care of the Angels of Assisi animal rescue group in Roanoke after their confiscation by Virginia State Police due to what authorities called “deplorable” conditions.

  •  HILLSVILLE — Administrators at Carroll County Public Schools don't expect a threat to schoolchildren here as a result of Tuesday morning's violence in Draper, but have asked individual schools to remain vigilant at their facilities.

  • Pubic record for 12/3/08 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. 1-17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Food banks struggle to feed the needy

    While people struggle to keep food on the table during tough times, some Twin County food banks are "grasping at straws" to keep their cupboards full.

    Those were the words that Terri Gillespie of Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program used to describe the organization's efforts to meet demand for families during the economic crisis, when there's less to go around to the different agencies and more people need help.

    The amount that the demand has been growing varies among different groups, but they all agree that requests for aid is rising.

  • Gildan closing will leave 180 jobless

    HILLSVILLE — A Virginia Employment Commission official is confirming the closure next year of a sock-knitting plant in Hillsville.

    Gildan has given employees notice about the coming shut down, said Bill Webb of the Virginia Employment Commission Thursday morning.

  • Don't fall for 'free money' offers

    A Rooftop of Virginia client was conned out of $900 in credit card charges last month after a grant-writers research company in Raleigh, N.C., promised to find free money, only to provide a list of governmental agencies that already provide free services.

    Grant Writers Research Network offered to help an elderly woman find grants to help her repair her home, said a concerned Tammy Webb, community resource service coordinator of Rooftop of Virginia Community Action Program.

  • Court sets aside 4-6 weeks for Hammer trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Independence attorney Jonathon Venzie, one of the lawyers representing Frederick Hammer on five charges of capital murder and 11 other charges, told Grayson Circuit Judge Brett Geisler that Hammer's trial could last between four and six weeks.

    The charges against Hammer stem from the killings of Ronald Hudler, 73; his son, Frederick Hudler, 44; and farm worker John Miller Jr. , 25, on Jan. 24.

  • Tempest in a tree stand

    HILLSVILLE — The latest dust-up between Carroll County and Hillsville is all tied up with a Christmas bow. Two days after Hillsville held its annual Christmas tree lighting, county officials insisted the town's artificial

  • State to appeal dog custody case

    HILLSVILLE — Dogs being held in the state's care as the result of an investigation into a Carroll County man appear to be in legal limbo at the moment.

    In investigating reports of poor conditions in kennels owned by David Winesett of Coulson Church Road, Virginia State Police seized 63 dogs.