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  • VDOT getting ready for winter

    INDEPENDENCE — Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation opted to consolidate various roads headquarters in Grayson County.

    Now officials can look back at what they learned.

    The Grayson Board of Supervisors asked Mathew Cox of VDOT to update them on what was learned during the previous year’s winter weather when fewer maintenance trucks were on the road.

    VDOT left only two county road headquarters after September 2007 — down from four.

  • Zoning change would allow new fundraising events

    INDEPENDENCE — Times are tough throughout the Twin Counties and local fire departments and rescue squads are looking for new ways to bring in revenue.

    Nearly a year ago, Independence Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Smith approached the Grayson Planning Commission looking for a change to the county's zoning ordinance to allow firefighters to host a lawn mower racing fundraiser.

    The events draw big crowds and are lucrative events for non-profit agencies. A similar race each summer in Galax packs the grandstands with thousands of spectators.

  • Seized Hillsville dogs may be sold to shelter

    The Hillsville kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized last month from what state police called "deplorable" conditions is considering selling the dogs to the Angels of Assisi shelter in Roanoke.

    Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Scott County, the attorney representing David Winesett, said Tuesday that his client is getting out of the dog breeding business.

    "It has just taken a toll on him going through all this," Kilgore said.

  • Public record for 12/3/08 and 12/10/08 editions

    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.

    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.  

  • Nautilus expansion to create 60 jobs in Grayson

    Sixty new jobs will be created for Grayson County through a planned $1.7 million expansion by Nautilus, Inc., when it adds production for a cardio exercise equipment line.

    Gov. Tim Kaine announced on Thursday the plans by Nautilus to expand. Virginia successfully competed with Oregon and China for the project, the governor said.

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Wishing you a happy holiday season, from The Gazette!

  • MONEY TRAIL

    The Crooked Road initiative, launched along U.S. 58 in Southwest Virginia in 2002, has brought in nearly 264,000 visitors to the region so far this year and the economic impact totals $23 million each year, according to a 2008 assessment of Virginia's heritage music trail that was presented at a press conference Dec. 9 at the Rex Theater in Galax.

    The historic theater's stage is one of the music venues on the trail.

  • Judge upholds ruling to return dogs

    Dismissal of a civil case was upheld Wednesday against a Carroll County dog kennel owner whose 63 dogs were seized by the state last month.

    Carroll Circuit Judge Brett Geisler ruled that a lower court had acted properly when it dismissed the case against David Winesett of Coulson Church Road, who once served as Carroll’s chief dog warden.

    The dogs had been in the care of the Angels of Assisi animal rescue group in Roanoke after their confiscation by Virginia State Police due to what authorities called “deplorable” conditions.

  •  HILLSVILLE — Administrators at Carroll County Public Schools don't expect a threat to schoolchildren here as a result of Tuesday morning's violence in Draper, but have asked individual schools to remain vigilant at their facilities.

  • Pubic record for 12/3/08 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Oct. 1-17 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville: