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  • Alleged gambling operation busted

    By CHRISTOPHER BROOKE

    Staff

    A 47-year-old Galax man has been indicted for operating an "illegal gambling enterprise," stemming from a Sept. 16 search of Blue Ridge Lanes bowling alley in Galax.

    An indictment from the Carroll County grand jury, which met in a special session Oct. 16, identified the man charged as Michael Howard Bobbitt of the Hebron section of Carroll County.

    Initially sealed by the court, the indictment was released on Friday. An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

  • Landmark suspends sale of media properties

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC announced Wednesday that it has suspended the search for buyers for most of its properties, including community newspapers The Gazette and The Declaration, citing the "credit crisis."

    But the company is continuing negotiations to sell The Virginian-Pilot.

    "We are having discussions regarding The Virginian Pilot with an interested buyer," said Landmark's vice chairman, Richard F. Barry III, on Wednesday. "The buyer is encouraged about obtaining financing."

  • Beamer sign disappears

    Fancy Gap residents are reporting the disappearance of the "Frank Beamer Country" sign from the intersection of U.S. 52 and Virginia 148.

    It was a 2-by-16-foot sign that welcomed people entering Carroll through Fancy Gap to the Virginia Tech football coach's hometown.

    "It could be a fan, you never know," said Chief Deputy Glenn Nester of the Carroll Sheriff's Office.

    Anyone with information is asked to call (276) 728-4146.

  • Three vying for Elk Creek seat

    INDEPENDENCE — In a year in which America will choose a new leader, citizens of the Elk Creek District in Grayson County will select a new supervisor through a special election.

    Three candidates are running for the seat, and that doesn’t include Chris Morton, who opted to not seek election Nov. 4 to the post he was appointed to fill.

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors appointed Morton last December to serve part of the unexpired term of Ralph Tuggle until a special election could be held.

  • Loan to cover shortfall

    INDEPENDENCE — Despite borrowing $1.6 million to pay the bills this month, Grayson County officials insist the county is not going broke.

    In a special called meeting last Thursday, the board of supervisors approved a resolution allowing the county to borrow $1.633 million from Grayson National Bank with a repayment term of 60-days.

    “This loan addresses a shortfall in cash flow,” said County Administrator Bill Ring. “This does not reflect on the budget... in fact, the budget is quite healthy.”

  • Collier passes away

    DUGSPUR —A long-time Dugspur business man and Carroll County public servant — who family members remember as a man that worked tirelessly for his community — died Oct. 21.

    Avis H. Collier, 81, ran Collier's Store from the 1950s to the dawn of the 21st Century, and still made time to serve on the Carroll Board of Supervisors and the Carroll School Board, found the Dugspur Rescue Squad and work toward the creation of the Twin County Regional Hospital.

  • 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.