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  • Search for suspect ends in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man wanted in connection with the breaking and entering at Patton Motorcycle Sales in the Fairview community of Grayson County, Va., last month turned himself in after leading police on a wild chase.

    According to The Shelbyville News — in Shelbyville, Ind. — a Shelby County SWAT team was called out July 7 after an armed suspect — later identified as Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. — had fled on foot from police after being involved in a home invasion and attempted robbery.

  • County to watch over school projects

    INDEPENDENCE — Hoping to keep all new school projects in Grayson County on an equal basis, the board of supervisors voted last week to change wording in a resolution to give them authority to review all projects as they move along.

    The change was brought about after bids for the new Grayson Highlands School to be built in Volney came in nearly $2 million more than original estimates.

    Looking back on a previously passed resolution, the board consulted Attorney James E. Cornwell, Jr. on how to interpret the wording.

  • Looking ahead to Carroll's farming future

    HILLSVILLE — Farms and forests remain productive in Carroll County and can continue into the future, says Extension Agent Webb Flowers.

    Food and timber products are homegrown businesses that have a big impact on the local economy, and county officials want to see it remain that way as Carroll’s other staple industries — furniture and textiles — are on the decline.

    The commodities grown on farms and in forests generate millions of dollars of revenue in a year, but growers face challenges as expenses increase across the board.

  • Love's Travel Stop headed to Exit 1

    HILLSVILLE — Striking water in Lambsburg is like striking gold, because water availability was essential to bringing at least a $7 million investment and 70 to 90 jobs from Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores to Carroll County.

  • Water plant site found

    INDEPENDENCE — A site has been chosen for the new regional water system in Independence — and negotiations are underway to purchase the land.

    Bobby Lane, of Lane Engineering, updated Independence Town Council July 8 on the progress of both the new water system and the upgrades to the town’s wastewater plant — both of which will serve the new state prison being built just outside Independence.

    Lane said a site had been chosen for the new plant, but the land had not been secured yet.

  • Jessup joins Hillsville Town Council

    HILLSVILLE — Motivated by the future in Hillsville for her grandchildren and encouraged by her husband, Frieda Jessup officially became the Sulphur Springs representative on town council last Tuesday.

    Jessup was one of four people who put themselves forward to fill the vacancy left by former Sulphur Springs council member Bill Tate’s election to the mayor’s post in May.

    Instead of sitting back and letting someone else do the work, Jessup explained that she felt like it was time to get involved herself.

  • School farm idea takes root

    HILLSVILLE — Educators have laid the groundwork for a multi-disciplinary outdoor laboratory called the Carroll County Public Schools Farm.

    The research farm will share the 90 or so acres with Hillsville Elementary School.

    The school takes up approximately 30 acres, but the rest of the property will be farmed out to enhance agricultural and science programs in the public schools, said Carroll High agriculture teacher Randy Webb and Mark Burnette, director of secondary education.

  • Fourth Festivities

    GALAX

    The Galax Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual 4th of July Celebration week of activities June 30 thru July 5.

    As always it will provide a family-friendly carnival atmosphere, once again featuring the Jules & Beck Amusement Company’s rides, shows and attractions.

    All special events in Felts Park next week include admission to the carnival. Other nights, admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Ride-all-night tickets are $15, except on July 4.

  • Local produce a healthier choice

    HILLSVILLE — Forward thinking farmers in Carroll County want to do what they can to avoid food scares, like the recent salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, by adopting better agricultural practices, a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent said.

    Health officials know that the source of the outbreak that sickened 167 in three months is not tomatoes from Virginia — almost all of them are still in the field, said Wythe Morris, an Extension agent specializing in horticulture.

  • Good news comes too late

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County had more money in its fund balance at the end of June 2007 than anyone expected — millions more, in fact, an auditor told the county supervisors at their June 23 meeting.

    Corbin Stone of Robinson Farmer Cox appeared before the county officials to talk them through what the audit report on fiscal year 2006-07 meant. The period in the audit covered a time before the current board members took office.