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  • Carroll prison study group meets

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll's first prison study committee meeting on Monday posed the questions that the group will have to answer in its work.

    Carroll Supervisor Andy Jackson suggested the idea to form a committee to study the pros and cons of trying to bring a state prison to the county, similar to what Grayson did to attract the prison that's under construction outside of Independence.

  • Carroll Relay for Life raises $81,000

    HILLSVILLE — When participants in the Carroll-Galax Relay for Life circled the track at Tommy Thompson Field at Carroll County High School on Friday and Saturday, they raised $1,000 an hour to add to the money that will go toward cancer research and programs, organizers said.

    Robin Minter, the community manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, said the $12,000 raised in the 12-hour relay put the event close to its overall goal of $85,000.

  • Cell tower granted another extension

    FRIES — The battle for permanent authority for U.S. Cellular to operate a tower in Fries will continue for at least another six months.

    According to Dick Gibson — the attorney representing U.S. Cellular in the case — the Federal Communications Commission reissued a Special Temporary Authorization regarding the cell tower in Fries on July 18.

    The temporary authority will now expire Jan. 29, 2009.

  • Citizens help themselves to water

    People on Happy Hollow Road haven’t been happy about what’s been coming out of their wells, and they’re fixin’ to do something about it.

    Residents of the Sulphur Springs District road will become the first in Carroll County to help install public water under the self-help program, with construction tentatively scheduled to start Sept. 15.

    Volunteers will operate the shovels at the jobsite and install the pipes, with the Carroll Public Service Authority supplying the equipment needed, an equipment operator and supervision.

  • Police intervene as street gangs target youth

    When Galax Police Chief Rick Clark took his position eight years ago, he never imagined he would be holding a town hall meeting resulting from an outbreak of street gangs.

    But after street gang evidence, such as graffiti tagging, arose nearly four years ago on Grant and Givens streets, gang activity has escalated to the point of making it into the school system, a concerned Clark told listeners at a special gang symposium Thursday.

    Then, members begun to readily admit that they were a part of a gang.

  • Hundreds attend prison job meeting

    INDEPENDENCE — Hundreds of people showed up for a meeting Tuesday with Virginia Department of Corrections officials and representatives from surrounding colleges to learn how to become qualified to work at the new state prison set to open outside Independence in July 2010.

    Jo Ann Monk lost her job at Vaughan Furniture last March — just three days shy of working there 31 years.

    “It’s hard to be back out here looking for a job,” she said.

  • Puppy mill case re-tried, with same result

    HILLSVILLE — The appeal Tuesday by the owner of Horton's Pups for his prior 40-misdemeanor-count conviction had the same outcome in Carroll Circuit Court as the original trial, which resulted after a puppy mill investigation last fall.

    After hearing about six hours of testimony, evidence and arguments by the attorneys, Judge Brett Geisler upheld the conviction against Hillsville resident Lanzie "Junior" Horton of 25 counts of neglecting animals at his commercial breeding facility, 14 counts of cruelty and a single count of exceeding his county-issued kennel license.

  • Carroll officials pumped about new jobs

    HILLSVILLE — More than 100 manufacturing jobs will flow into Carroll County in the coming months, when AmeriPumps LLC relocates its corporate headquarters from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Hillsville.

    County and town leaders, state officials and AmeriPumps owners gathered Tuesday afternoon to announce the new manufacturing plant, which is already under construction in Carroll’s industrial park in Hillsville near Interstate 77.

  • Locals charged in Wythe assault

    WYTHEVILLE — Four Carroll County residents have been charged in connection with beating a father after he asked them not to curse in front of his children at a convenience store, according to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

    Three of the suspects are being held in the New River

    Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.

    Wythe Sheriff Doug King said 30-year-old John D. Mullins of Birchleaf told officers he had stopped to get gas at the store at Exit 24 off Interstate 77 just after midnight on July 19.

  • Rescue squad to bill for services

    INDEPENDENCE — Beginning Aug. 1, Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad will bill patients for transport services.

    The change is the result of years of research and months of consideration, said member Robby Wingate.

    With declining membership and financial support, billing citizens' private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will allow the all-volunteer squad to meet its continued goal of improved service, including reducing response times.