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  • 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.

  • Ring announces retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — It's been a rumor for some time now, but Thursday night it was made official — Grayson County will lose an employee of nearly 30 years when County Administrator Bill Ring retires next year.

    Ring notified the Grayson Board of Supervisors during a two-hour closed session Thursday night that he would retire effective Jan. 31, 2009.

    “After prayerful consideration and much thought, I respectfully notify you of my intent to retire,” Ring's  letter read.

  • Police raid alleged puppy mill

    WOODLAWN — Virginia State Police conducted a search last Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road after receiving a report of dogs living in "substandard conditions" there, according to Sgt. Mike Conroy.

    As a result, authorities seized 63 dogs from the property, owned by David Winesett.

    No charges have been filed and the investigation continues, Conroy told The Gazette on Friday.

    Investigators filed a search warrant in Carroll courts in order to check on conditions of an outbuilding where the dogs were kept.

  • New Grayson school not overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — Recent budget numbers appeared to show that more than $2 million had been overspent on a new school in the western end of Grayson County, but school officials are adamant that it's not so.

    “We are actually $4 million under our facility studies projection,” Grayson Schools' Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas told the board of supervisors earlier this month. “And we are spending significantly less per square foot than any school in Virginia.”

  • Surveys reveal support for Carroll prison

    HILLSVILLE — Though Carroll Prison Study Committee members were disappointed with the overall turnout at their nine public meetings, they received enough response from the community to make a recommendation to the county supervisors.

    Committee Chairman J.B. Gardner reported the findings at the November supervisors' meeting, after holding the community meetings, seeking input through surveys, visiting Pocahontas State and Keens Mountain correctional centers and getting advice from Tazewell County Administrator Jim Spencer.