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  • Speakers fight for teachers

    HILLSVILLE — It became obvious at the Carroll School Board's Feb. 10 meeting that both citizens and educators feel anxious about what the Virginia budget shortfall means for the county.

    The board held its first public hearing on the coming 2009-2010 fiscal year, and several people showed up to voice support for the teachers.

    Citizen Nancy Rouse, has children at Hillsville Elementary and Carroll High. She said that, as the co-president of the PTSO at the elementary, she's talked to teachers about their concerns with the budget.

  • Three locals up for judgeship vacated by Blankenship

    The New River Valley judgeship vacated at the end of last year by Michael Keith Blankenship is still up for grabs, and three from the Twin Counties — two attorneys and a former prosecutor — are among the six being considered for his replacement

    The position for a juvenile and domestic relations court judge to sit in the 27th judicial circuit is scheduled to be filled next week in the General Assembly.

    But that's not likely to happen because nearly every legislator and bar association that represents the district is backing a different candidate.

  • Hillsville studies rescue relaunch

    HILLSVILLE — State code does not seem to support the idea that Carroll County has to sign off on reactivating Hillsville Rescue Squad, at least the way town officials read the law.

    Officials closed the Hillsville Rescue Squad four years ago after a former captain inappropriately used an ambulance to haul furniture from Marion, but last year Hillsville Town Council members started a push to revive the agency.

  • Seven seek Galax School Board seats

    As the terms expire in June for Galax School Board vice chairwoman Theresa Lazo and chairman Ray Kohl, seven candidates — including one incumbent — are vying for the two seats.

    Lazo has decided not to seek reappointment.

    After interested citizens submitted letters of interest, a public hearing was held during Monday's Galax City Council meeting to hear a brief introduction from and conduct interviews with each of the candidates.

    With seven people to interview, the council meeting lasted until 11:15 p.m.

  • Two plead guilty to home invasion robbery

    ABINGDON — Two Blacksburg residents pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges stemming from a home invasion robbery in Carroll County last year.

    U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley said Donnell Edward Callaham, 26, and Korie Lee Hodges, 19, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon to charges of conspiracy, being in possession of stolen firearms and being in possession of stolen firearms with the serial number removed or obliterated.

  • Robberies were to pay bills

    HILLSVILLE — The 32-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man who tried to rob three financial services businesses in Cana during the summer of 2007 pleaded guilty to all charges in Carroll Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Carroll deputies had charged Carl Anthony Berrier with two counts of armed robbery for going into Speedy Cash and Cash to Go with a knife and demanding money in July 2007.

    A locked door at the BB&T bank in Cana stymied a similar attempt there and led to Berrier's capture. Authorities charged him with attempted robbery for that incident.

  • Carroll offices to be rearranged

    HILLSVILLE — Office shuffling in the Carroll County Governmental Center should result in better customer service, officials hope.

    Now, before a contractor can obtain all of the needed documents for a construction permit, they must visit the building official, the PSA, the erosion and sediment control inspector and the health department — in offices at different locations of the governmental center.

    Now, all these offices will be located in the same area, formerly the VA Cooperative Extension Offices.

  • Grayson schools talk early retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to close the gap on a $1.2 million cut to the Grayson County Schools’ budget, the division will consider implementing an early retirement plan.

    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas brought a proposal to the school board Feb. 9 that she said could save between $100,000 and $200,000 for the 2009-10 school year.

    “This program would benefit both the school system, and its employees,” Thomas said.

    Eligibility for the plan includes:

  • Campaign HQ fight, macing goes to court

    Two individuals accused of assaulting and pepper-spraying five people at the Republican campaign headquarters in Galax shortly before the 2008 presidential election were convicted of lesser charges of disorderly conduct in Galax General District Court on Monday.

    Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, of Galax — charged with one count of misdemeanor assault of Galax Republican Party Chairman Michael Stevens — was convicted of the reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Meinecke will serve 100 hours of community service and 60 days of jail, suspended.

  • Public record for 2/18/09 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. 

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October and November in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Rhudy R. Lineberry and Barbara S. Lineberry to Lawrence E. King and Phyllis G. King. 8.486 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. $25,033.70.