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  • Stripe strikes museum neighbor as 'unsightly'

    Doris Carpenter was appalled by what she saw when she looked out her window on West Stuart Drive — a blob of yellow paint stretched across the front of the Jeff Matthews Museum, she said during Monday's Galax City Council meeting.

    Inside of the yellow rectangle reads “Jeff Matthews Museum,” painted in bold black, with an arrowhead image.

  • Carroll moving ahead with fire fee plan

    HILLSVILLE — Citizens with a burning desire to comment on Carroll County's proposed fire fees, billed to insurance companies, will have a chance to do so in September, the supervisors decided Monday.

    The fire fee idea had come up in April, and county supervisors referred it to the Emergency Services Committee for a recommendation.

  • Marijuana pipe found on school bus

    BAYWOOD – Charges are pending against two Grayson County High School students after deputies found a marijuana pipe on a school bus Aug. 11.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the bus was traveling between Independence and Fairview on Aug. 11 when the bus driver smelled marijuana.

    The driver contacted school administration, and was told to pull over at the weigh station in Baywood.

    Grayson deputies — along with GCHS Principal Bobby Cheeks — responded to the scene and performed a search of the bus.

  • Veterans' memorial reaches milestone

    Military veterans Frank and Sharon Plichta of Galax have finally raised the first $110,000 — including $25,000 in city funds — to go towards the construction of the Twin County Veterans' Memorial to be built next to the Galax Public Library to honor and remember those who have served, but the couple is still short nearly $365,000.

  • Police: seizing property hits criminals where it hurts

    HILLSVILLE — Law enforcement officials don't just threaten to throw people acting illegally or suspiciously in prison. Prosecutors also go after the contents of their wallets or garages.

    Carroll County prosecutors have implemented several such civil forfeiture proceedings in a variety of cases where suspected proceeds from drug dealing or other illegal activity — in the form of large amounts of loose cash or property — have been found.

    And on some occasions, the defendants involved in the seizures haven't even been charged with a drug-related crime.

  • Suspicious fires raise alarms

    FANCY GAP — Two early Saturday fires that happened at almost the same time — and just a few miles apart — in the Fancy Gap area have raised alarm bells in the minds of Carroll investigators and emergency services personnel.

    The Hillsville Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Birch Tree Road at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, where they found a barn with about 200 round bales of hay rapidly burning, according to information from Chief Mike Musser and photographer David Young.

  • Factors align in Carroll's favor

    HILLSVILLE — Competitiveness in the construction markets, historically low interest rates and federal Recovery Act initiatives could save Carroll County millions — even tens of millions — if the school board moves ahead now with its school improvement plans.

    Carroll County Public Schools has two scenarios for completing the countywide facility improvement program:

    • spending $62.7 million to build a new high school and renovate the existing high and intermediate schools for grades 8-9 and grades 6-7, respectively.

  • Public record for 8/26/09 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded March 19-April 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Moonshine, pot and guns seized

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office located and confiscated 18 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication Aug. 4, which led to several charges against a Cana man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    The plants had an estimated street value of $18,000.

    Deputy Chuck Edwards spotted the marijuana plants from a Virginia National Guard helicopter brought in to assist the effort. Deputies also looked closer in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road in Cana, due to a plant there.

  • Police search for bank robber

    HILLSVILLE — Police continue to seek leads on the bank robber who hit the Hillsville branch of Grayson National Bank last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    A robber dressed in cover-alls with his face well-hidden by large sunglasses, bandanna and baseball cap demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

    With the investigation continuing, the Hillsville Police Department has issued a more thorough description of the suspect's vehicle.