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  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arkansas

    GASSVILLE, Ark. — A search of more than seven months has ended after a man accused of robbing the Grayson National Bank branch in Whitetop, Va., was arrested in Arkansas last week.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Richard Joseph Bauer, 70, of Junction City, Ore., was arrested last Tuesday while attempting to rob the First National Bank in Gassville.

    Vaughan said authorities told him Bauer was still in the bank when officers arrived, and he was arrested without incident by Gassville police.

  • Airport commission asked to step down

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussing what to do about the proposed change at the Twin County Regional Airport Commission, Independence Town Council has passed a resolution.

    Now, they wait and see if it has any teeth.

    Back in July, Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached council asking for support to change the commission’s membership from seven localities — Carroll and Grayson counties, the City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries and Independence — to what the commission determined to be the “big three.”

  • Horse, mule shot in Dugspur

    HILLSVILLE — A 41-year-old Laurel Fork man has been charged with shooting a horse and a mule Nov. 18, according to Carroll authorities.

    Steven Spangler was charged Monday with two counts of maliciously shooting animals belonging to Tommy Brown of Dugspur, according to Sheriff Warren Manning. The animals were a horse and a mule. The charges are Class 5 felonies.

    Carroll Sheriff's Office Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith and Animal Control Officer Terry Woods handled the investigation, the sheriff said.

  • Interim funding sought for exits

    HILLSVILLE — To move along development of two Interstate 77 exits, the Carroll County Public Service Authority will seek interim financing.

    Exit 19 is to be served as part of the regional water project with Wythe County and Wytheville and as part of the Woodlawn sewer project. Private landowners have graded a large tract there to prepare it for development.

    At Exit 1, availability of water and sewer service was pivotal in attracting a Love's truck stop to the Lambsburg area.

  • Incident results in new bus policies

    INDEPENDENCE — After a 3-year-old girl was accidentally left on a bus for nearly seven hours in August, the Grayson County school system has made changes to its school bus safety procedures.

    During the regular school board meeting Nov. 10, Transportation Supervisor Dennis Roop updated the board on the additions, as well as the procedures previously in place.

  • Lane waives right to hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man will face a Carroll County grand jury on an involuntary manslaughter charge from a July 4 crash that killed a Hillsville man.

    William Keith Lane appeared in Carroll General District Court last Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

    This stemmed from the wreck that killed Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, on U.S. 221 near the Virginia 638 intersection.

  • Sheriff asks to use seized drug money

    INDEPENDENCE — Unexpected vacancies have put the Grayson County Sheriff's Department's budget in a tight spot, forcing the sheriff to shift money around to cover the bills.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan asked the Grayson Board of Supervisors on Nov. 13 for additional money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items to help get through the tough times.

    The fund consists of money from drug and property forfeiture — as well as restitution paid.

  • Carroll votes to preserve open space

    HILLSVILLE — A development proposal has led Carroll County to allow an additional kind of subdivision.

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors and the Carroll Planning Commission held public hearings at the county board's regular November meeting to decide whether to permit “clustering” of commercial or residential structures, such as townhouses, to preserve open space.

    Attorney Brad Dalton spoke for a developer who was seeking permission for a 13-acre development that would have four acres of open space, as planned.

  • TCRH going smoke-free

    Wednesday morning, there was no one taking advantage of Twin County Regional Hospital's designated smoking area, a small glass booth beside of the facility that reads “Smoking Booth.”

    The only “smoke” was the steam puffing from people in the chilly morning air.

    That's a good sign, said TCRH marketing director Martha Cole.

    But by 2010, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted inside or outside of TCRH, including inside vehicles, said a press release issued last week by the hospital.

  • Carroll works to silence nuisance dogs

    HILLSVILLE — It appears that Carroll County officials may be moving toward a noise ordinance in order to deal with barking dogs.

    The board packet for the Carroll supervisors’ November meeting contained a draft ordinance to deal with “risks to public health and safety posed by excessive an unreasonable noise...”

    The supervisors said little about this matter at the meeting, except to set a public hearing in December to get input on it.