Local News

  • Pharmacist arrested in dentist drug case

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges continue to surface in connection with a two-month drug investigation involving an Independence dentist.

    According to a search warrant filed in Grayson County General District Court last week, local pharmacist Nicholas Arduin, 31, of Independence, was charged with obtaining drugs by fraud, a class 6 felony.

  • Ex-officer now faces drug, gun charges in Carroll

    A former Pulaski police officer arrested June 11 in Wythe County after allegedly attempting to purchase drugs now faces two additional charges in his home county of Carroll.

    Virginia State Police originally charged Christopher Franklin Bond, 32, of 7089 Coulson Church Road in Austinville, with attempting to purchase methamphetamine, a felony; attempt to purchase the painkiller Loritab and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

    On Wednesday, Bond resigned from the Pulaski Police Department, according to a press release from Police Chief G.W. Roche.

  • Hillsville deals with decal fees

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County ordinance dealing with vehicle decals could have a monetary effect on Hillsville residents, requiring them to pay more in fees, officials discussed during Monday's town council meeting.

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors recent repealed a requirement for vehicles owned by county residents to display a decal on the windshield, though the citizens still have to pay the associated fee.

    Carroll's fee is $25 for cars and trucks, and the fee will be paid along with personal property taxes.

  • Grayson citizens: It's no time for tax hikes

    INDEPENDENCE — Ten citizens attended a public hearing for Grayson County's 2009-10 budget on Tuesday, which includes increases in the tax levy, personal property tax rates and vehicle decal costs and a new fee for trash pickup.

    Supervisors first asked County Administrator Jonathan Sweet to give an overview of the $16.3 million budget.

    Sweet compared the proposed budget to the current one, and found that in the 52 operational lines on the expense side, 13 decreased.

  • Dollar General to open store in Fancy Gap

    FANCY GAP — Continuing rain is making hay hard to harvest and filling creek banks, but it's also slowing down work on Fancy Gap's new Dollar General store.

    Dean Bryant of Berry Construction in Chattanooga, Tenn., said the new facility will be located south of Chances Creek Road on U.S. 52, next to Faye's Antiques, where he understands a campground and an old racetrack used to be.

    The relationship between Bryant and Dollar General is landlord and tenant.

    He has his permits and has started moving dirt, but it's going slow so far.

  • Grayson sticks with vehicle decals

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grayson County can forget having a cleaner windshield to look out after supervisors opted not to remove county decals this year — but a new design may be looming.

    Grayson County Administrator Jonathan Sweet recommended the board not remove the decal after having conversations with City of Galax officials.

    Galax removed its decals last year, and city leaders told Sweet that they didn't fully evaluate the ramifications.

  • Galax budget passes with all tax, fee hikes intact

    Galax residents and visitors will be spending more on taxes and other rates by Aug. 1, after city council approved the 2009-2010 budget last week by a vote of 6-1.

    These increases — aimed at closing the budget gap — include raising the meals tax from 4 to 5 percent; the lodging tax from 2 to 5 percent; real estate tax from $0.55 to $0.57 per $100; and the personal property vehicle tax from $1.42 to $1.68 per $100.

  • Carroll approves $74.6M budget

    HILLSVILLE — As they approved the fiscal year 2009-10 budget, Carroll supervisors sounded sorry that opening the county swimming pool just isn't possible this year — but they also said they're trying to get a better facility.

    In the end, the supervisors approved a general fund budget of $31.9 million and $15,000 for the law library without any increase in any taxes.

    Combined with the April 27 approval of the $42.6 million school budget, that brings the total to $74.6 million.

  • Grayson okays twice-a-year taxing

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County residents can prepare to pay half their real estate taxes in October starting this year, as the board of supervisors approved the switch to semi-annual tax collection during a meeting June 11.

    No comments were heard during the public hearing on the change, which will split residents' real estate taxes into two equal payments.

    The first payment will be due Oct. 5, with the second half — as well as personal property taxes — due on April 5.

  • Carroll grand jury returns 151 indictments

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury issued 151 indictments at it's Monday session. Of those, 41 were sealed until those named within can be served with court papers.

    An indictment is only a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.

    Those indicted include:

    • Edward Allen Alley — credit card fraud (four counts) and bad check (three counts)

    • Roxanne Garr Boyd, forgery