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  • Company donates $25,000 to free clinic

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties is struggling to remain in operation due to lack of funds. But at a critical point, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company donated $25,000 to the clinic—the biggest single donation and something the clinic’s executive director Dina Slusher is calling a “blessing.”

  • Carroll trying to lock down new prison

    HILLSVILLE — With the state developing more new prisons in the future, Carroll could possibly lock one of those down, says the chairman of the county's Prison Study Committee.

    In the process of gathering information on the long-term plans of the Virginia Department of Corrections, J.B. Gardner has learned that state officials see the need for as many as five new correctional facilities in the future.

  • Fries teen injured in crash

    FRIES — A 17-year-old was in critical condition Monday after a single vehicle accident near Fries that morning.

    According to Virginia State Trooper J.A. Vaughan, Phillip Matthew Norman of Fries was airlifted by helicopter to Johnson City, Tenn., Monday morning after his vehicle collided with a tree.a

    Norman was traveling west on Virginia 274 (Riverside Drive) towards Independence when his 1998 Ford Taurus veered off the left side of the road and struck a tree, according to Vaughan.

    The accident happened just before 8 a.m.

  • Carroll fire leads to arson charge

    HILLSVILLE — One day after the Hillsville Fire Department responded to a call at a mobile home at 243 Knob Hill Lane, a Carroll County grand jury indicted the man who lived there for arson.

    In addition to the direct indictment against Travis Ray Hall, 25, he also has been charged by the Carroll Sheriff's Office with making a felony threat to burn the home he shared with Ashley Hall, according to Investigator Shannon Goad.

    Hall's wife took out a warrant against him, charging him with misdemeanor assault and battery.

  • School board begins superintendent search

    The Galax School Board announced that it will begin the search for the next schools superintendent.

    After 43 years as an educator and more than 12 years with Galax City Public Schools, Superintendent Sam Cook, who will turn 65 in November, will retire at the end of 2008 and return to his hometown in Franklin County.

  • Closed meetings standard practice in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Closed session practices by Carroll County governments have been called into question recently, but county boards are not necessarily meeting behind closed doors more than they have in the past.

    With concerns about use of closed sessions persisting in Carroll County, The Gazette recently checked into the record of executive sessions.

    State law allows governmental bodies to meet behind closed doors in some situations where the hearing of matters in public meeting would be detrimental to a board’s position.

  • Airport proposal causes turbulence

    FRIES — The Twin County Regional Airport Commission appears to be bumping non-paying members — including the towns of Fries, Hillsville and Independence.

    Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached Fries Town Council at its regular meeting Sept. 2, asking members to accept or reject the commission's request to change its charter membership.

  • Behind closed doors

    HILLSVILLE — Even after a developer who sought 91 acres of Carroll-owned land for the Mayberry Opry property has ended acquisition attempts, a citizen continues to question county officials about other deals in the works and the methods used.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser appeared at both the Industrial Development Authority meeting Sept. 3 and the Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting Sept. 8 to express continuing concerns.

  • 'Person of interest' in suspected arson found dead

    FRIES — A man described by police as a “person of interest” in a suspected arson at 142 Sunrise Lane in Fries was found dead at his house Friday afternoon.

    According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Thurman Davis was named a person of interest in a suspicious fire at his son-in-law's house on Sept. 11. He was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound at his own home on Providence Road the next day.

    The fire occurred last Thursday afternoon, and after a preliminary investigation by the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, it was determined to be suspicious.

  • New bridge would cost $10.2M

    The Virginia Department of Transportation proposes a new design and location for replacing the aging J.P. Carrico Memorial truss bridge on Virginia 94.

    Representative from VDOT were on hand Tuesday during a public hearing to give citizens an opportunity to offer comments or submit written material concerning the proposed construction.

    The new bridge will replace the 81-year-old J.P. Carrico Memorial truss bridge over the New River.