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  • Dogs to be returned to Winesett

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

  • Alternative fuel business relaunches

    — MORE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE FUELS —

    BIODIESEL: A cleaner-burning alternative fuel that is created from used vegetable oil harvested from restaurants

  • Localities prepare for state cuts

    Before an audience of officials representing Galax, Carroll and Grayson at the Crossroads Institute, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds and Del. Bill Carrico delivered the local and state economic forecast during last Tuesday’s legislative dinner.

    Legislators were asked to provide feedback and input on the state budget for the next fiscal year.

    Discussing the future economy, Reynolds admits that he is extremely worried and cautious, noting that 10 million jobs are at stake at automobile plants and the low gas prices are due to the extreme downturn.

  • Warrant describes kennel conditions

    HILLSVILLE — An informant who apprised Virginia State Police investigators about the kennels on a Coulson Church Road property described as "deplorable" the living conditions under which dogs were being kept.

    Virginia State Police served a search warrant Thursday at 4207 Coulson Church Road at property owned by David Winesett, who once served as Carroll County's animal control officer.

    The warrant was part of an investigation into a report from a citizen about how the kennels had been kept. Investigators seized 63 dogs from the property.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Arkansas

    GASSVILLE, Ark. — A search of more than seven months has ended after a man accused of robbing the Grayson National Bank branch in Whitetop, Va., was arrested in Arkansas last week.

    Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Richard Joseph Bauer, 70, of Junction City, Ore., was arrested last Tuesday while attempting to rob the First National Bank in Gassville.

    Vaughan said authorities told him Bauer was still in the bank when officers arrived, and he was arrested without incident by Gassville police.

  • Airport commission asked to step down

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussing what to do about the proposed change at the Twin County Regional Airport Commission, Independence Town Council has passed a resolution.

    Now, they wait and see if it has any teeth.

    Back in July, Interim Airport Manager Tim Brown approached council asking for support to change the commission’s membership from seven localities — Carroll and Grayson counties, the City of Galax and the towns of Hillsville, Fries and Independence — to what the commission determined to be the “big three.”

  • Horse, mule shot in Dugspur

    HILLSVILLE — A 41-year-old Laurel Fork man has been charged with shooting a horse and a mule Nov. 18, according to Carroll authorities.

    Steven Spangler was charged Monday with two counts of maliciously shooting animals belonging to Tommy Brown of Dugspur, according to Sheriff Warren Manning. The animals were a horse and a mule. The charges are Class 5 felonies.

    Carroll Sheriff's Office Investigators Fred Bobbitt and Venton Smith and Animal Control Officer Terry Woods handled the investigation, the sheriff said.

  • Interim funding sought for exits

    HILLSVILLE — To move along development of two Interstate 77 exits, the Carroll County Public Service Authority will seek interim financing.

    Exit 19 is to be served as part of the regional water project with Wythe County and Wytheville and as part of the Woodlawn sewer project. Private landowners have graded a large tract there to prepare it for development.

    At Exit 1, availability of water and sewer service was pivotal in attracting a Love's truck stop to the Lambsburg area.

  • Incident results in new bus policies

    INDEPENDENCE — After a 3-year-old girl was accidentally left on a bus for nearly seven hours in August, the Grayson County school system has made changes to its school bus safety procedures.

    During the regular school board meeting Nov. 10, Transportation Supervisor Dennis Roop updated the board on the additions, as well as the procedures previously in place.

  • Lane waives right to hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 36-year-old Pulaski man will face a Carroll County grand jury on an involuntary manslaughter charge from a July 4 crash that killed a Hillsville man.

    William Keith Lane appeared in Carroll General District Court last Tuesday for a scheduled preliminary hearing.

    This stemmed from the wreck that killed Welcher Vaughn Dalton, 85, on U.S. 221 near the Virginia 638 intersection.