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  • Stolen Escalade found in Grayson

    A 2008 Cadillac Escalade allegedly stolen in Fancy Gap has been recovered on a rural road in Grayson County.

    A motorist called the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department Dec. 22 to report a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Greenhouse Road, off Powerhouse Road about 2.5 miles from U.S. 58.

    Grayson sheriff’s deputies, Independence Police Chief James Wagoner and Virginia State Trooper Alan Vaughan went to the scene and had to ford a creek to reach the abandoned vehicle.

  • Turman ordered to remain in hospital

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2006 beating death of her mother will remain in a state hospital at the order of a Carroll County judge.

    Rene Loving Turman was charged after her mother, Susan Sprinkle Clark, 79, was found dead in a trailer on Double Cabin Road by Carroll deputies.

    Turman had called authorities herself to report the incident, saying that she had "bludgeoned" her mother to death.

    Asked why by a dispatcher, Turman responded that it was because her mother was "a demon."

  • Town police get new software

    INDEPENDENCE — Police officers in Independence will soon be able to file all paperwork from the convenience of their vehicles.

    Independence Police Chief James Wagoner asked town council earlier this year to appropriate $2,000 for the purchase of new software for the department's laptops.

    Wagoner said in previous meetings that having the software in the police vehicles would keep officers on the streets longer — instead of having to spend a couple hours a week in the office filing paperwork.

  • Carrico prepares for state budget work

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Fries) faces a stiff challenge as he begins his eighth year of service in the Virginia General Assembly.

    Carrico — who represents the 5th District that includes Grayson County, Galax and parts of Smyth, Wythe and Carroll counties — said the general economy of the state is not good.

    The state has a budget of about $40 billion a year and it will be the General Assembly's job to come up with ways to reach that goal.

    Carrico said that it would be hard to increase taxes because people can't afford to pay them.

  • 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.