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  • Galax to move ahead with road projects

    Galax City Council has approved the city manager's recommendation of how to have the Virginia Department of Transportation proceed with the Glendale Road project and other road improvements in Galax.

    Going with a smaller-scale project at Glendale's intersection with U.S. 58 would free up funds for those other projects, which include traffic signal improvements, realignment of Cranberry Road, pedestrian safety along 58, bridge repairs and enhancements to South Main Street.

  • Ground broken for 'self-help' water project

    WOODLAWN — If the weather at the groundbreaking for the Happy Hollow water project is any indication, neighbors installing the lines will have to bundle up while they're in the trenches.

    Neighbors, joined by state and local officials, braced themselves against a windy and chilly morning to celebrate the community's success in landing the Self-Help project.

    The residents' willingness to work is responsible for this project coming to pass, noted David Hutchins, chairman of the Carroll Public Service Authority.

  • Hawthorne charged with felony

    HILLSVILLE — Among the sealed indictments from last Thursday's special grand jury was a charge of felony embezzlement against the former executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Named in the one count of embezzlement filed in Carroll Circuit Court was Roger Thomas Hawthorne, 56, of Hillsville.

    The indictment was unsealed after Hawthorne turned himself in to authorities on Friday.

    An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Dove pleads guilty to petit larceny

    HILLSVILLE — A former executive director of the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center in Galax pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny in Carroll County Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Kim Dove was originally charged with embezzlement through an indictment by a Carroll grand jury, but in court Thursday the charge was reduced to the misdemeanor through a plea agreement.

  • Campaign workers attacked

    Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace at their headquarters in Galax.

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the Galax Republican headquarters on East Grayson Street when a caller reported someone had sprayed office workers with Mace.

    Responding officers arrested Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, and Cara Annis Hindman, 26, both of Galax.

  • Manslaughter, DUI charges dropped in triple fatality

    HILLSVILLE — Three reckless driving convictions against a 47-year-old Pilot Mountain, N.C., man were the legal conclusion on Tuesday in his preliminary hearing in connection with a March 22 wreck that killed three people instantly on Interstate 77.

    Virginia State Police had charged Gary Edward Hicinbothem with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the crash not far from the Fancy Gap exit in Carroll County.

  • Water projects making progress

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — but the land purchase must still be negotiated.

    Bobby Lane of Lane Engineering updated Independence Town Council Oct. 14 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town's wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site has been chosen for the new water plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Art school renovation to begin

    After several delays and more than two years after purchasing a building, USDA Rural Development has given Galax the go-ahead to solicit bids for renovating the old First National Bank building downtown into Chestnut Creek School of the Arts by mid-2009.

    Bids for construction will be opened Oct. 30, and are expected to be presented to Galax City Council on Nov. 10. After the bidder is chosen and the contract awarded, construction should begin before the end of the year.

  • Free clinic to hold fundraiser

    An extravaganza fundraising event for the Free Clinic of the Twin Counties will be held Friday and Saturday at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville.

    Friday night starts at 7 p.m. and will feature bluegrass and old-time music with JoAnn Redd & Friends, Kilby Spencer & Friends, The Heritage IV, James Marshall and The Highlanders.

    Hot dogs and drinks will be available, with $5 admission.

  • Mandatory water draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — A Dugspur man told two Carroll County boards last Tuesday that he doesn't want to be left high and dry on the issues of water in his community and on mandatory connections.

    Citizen Arden Huff has been working to raise interest in water supplied by the Carroll Public Service Authority to Dugspur, and he now feels that the rules have changed in midstream.

    Mandatory connections would require, under certain conditions, imposing a fee for a residence that's not hooked up to the water system.