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  • Galax police warn of scams

    As times get tough, more people are applying for loans and grants via the Internet and mail, but a lack of research into unknown financial institutions has resulted in about 50 people in the area in the past year being scammed out of a combined $15,000 to $20,000, estimates Galax Police Sgt. Chris Brown, holding a folder of fraudulent letters, e-mails and checks.

  • Rescue squad hiring full-time workers

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to better serve its coverage area, the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad will hire two full-time personnel.

    Squad Chief Robbie Wingate approached the Grayson Board of Supervisors March 12 asking for permission to do so, noting that the squad had begun billing insurance companies and expected that money to cover the costs.

    Wingate noted that the squad had various members who had served — and actually helped spearhead the creation of the squad — and other members who had 20-plus years of experience with the squad.

  • Embarq fights rural rate increase

    A disagreement about charges between two telecom companies could lead to higher phone charges for rural customers, one local legislator fears.

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) recently made his concerns known to the Virginia State Corporation Commission in a case in which Sprint has asked for a reduction in fees that it has to pay to connect long distance calls to rural customers through Embarq's network.

  • Public record for 3/4/09 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. 

    For information on this column or questions, call Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson approves Spirit Harbor request

    INDEPENDENCE — Five months of pleas and promises came down to three hours Thursday night, when the Grayson Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for the proposed recreational park known as Spirit Harbor in Mouth of Wilson.

    Supervisors rejected the county planning commission's recommendation that they not approve the permit.

  • Police bust another drug operation near school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies say they have found another illegal drug operation near a county school and have charged a 59-year-old Gladeville community resident.

    Sheriff Warren Manning identified the man charged as Gregory Harris Combs, also known as "Radar."

    According to a press release, deputies served a search warrant at Combs' property near Gladeville Elementary on March 9, which Investigator Fred Bobbitt obtained after a month-long police investigation.

    As a result, the authorities say that Combs was charged with:

  • Fatality charges certified

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury indicted a 41-year-old Cana man on multiple charges Monday stemming from an October 2008 drunken driving accident that killed one and maimed two others.

    The wreck occurred when Stephen Edwin Towe, driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora, crossed the center line of Woodlawn Road and struck a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, according to a report by the Virginia State Police.

  • One-time fix may cause future budget hole

    HILLSVILLE — Federal and state stimulus package money could make up approximately two-thirds of Carroll County Public Schools' $1.34 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2009-2010, if educators are allowed to spend the one-time funds that way.

    Educators proceeded to plug the stimulus fund numbers into the proposed budget in order to minimize the impact of the slowing economy on Carroll County.

    They hope to save jobs and programs that way, said Superintendent Greg Smith at a budget public hearing Tuesday.

  • Grayson school behind schedule

    INDEPENDENCE — The opening date of the new Grayson Highlands School in the western end of Grayson County continues to be pushed back — and now, school board members have been told the contract does not have a penalty clause if the contractor goes over the proposed deadline.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring, who is also serving as the school system's clerk of the works at the school construction site, updated the board on the progress at the school last Monday.

  • Grayson sheriff asks for more money

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan was among department heads presenting county supervisors their budget requests for the 2010 fiscal year on March 11.

    Last year, the sheriff's office was granted $684,238.

    Vaughan — whose $53,689 department request was 7.8 percent higher than last year — explained his reasoning for the increase to the board of supervisors.