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  • AmerLink's former chief sentenced

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former president of AmerLink log homes received a sentence of three years probation and 400 hours of community service last Thursday after admitting he committed bankruptcy fraud, according to U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

    AmerLink declared bankruptcy after a failed economic development deal with Carroll County, Va. The company was supposed to create 200 jobs in exchange for $600,000 in state incentive funds and 32 acres of county land. Carroll is suing to reclaim that property.

  • Thompson sentenced on drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man, one of six Twin County residents charged with drug offenses in federal court, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

    Bobby Dwayne Thompson faced multiple charges in a federal indictment, including:

    • conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

    • distribution of meth

    • possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime

  • Police close Walmart shooting case

    The police investigation into a shooting at Walmart revealed that the victim’s actions were “heroic and selfless.”

    Rita Carico, 57, of Galax, who was shot in the face and chest in the dairy section of Walmart on the night of May 1, has been released from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and expects to make a full recovery, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Investigators had been waiting for Carico to recover before interviewing her about the shooting. Police were able to talk to her last week.

  • Citizen, surveyor cite problems with subdivision ordinance

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County surveyor and a citizen raised concerns about the county's subdivision ordinance during a recent meeting, when county supervisors considered making revisions to the law.

    The Carroll supervisors approved last year an update to the subdivision ordinance, which is meant to guide residential development in the county.

    After the subdivision had been in place for several months, county officials started talking about revisions.

  • August opening doubtful for new school

    INDEPENDENCE — Though the county has given the Grayson County school system its backing to put out bids for a turning lane that would complete the Grayson Highlands School in the western end of the county, the timetable may be too late to meet the Aug. 9 opening date.

    Grayson Director of Personnel Chad Newman reiterated Monday night that the building is substantially complete. Work is being done to replace the guttering damage that occurred this winter and the sewer system is finishing up.

  • No tax increase in Carroll's budget

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County supervisors approved the school budget and will advertise a county budget with no tax increase.

    Without much discussion in a special meeting last Monday — having previously heard separate presentations on the schools and the county numbers for fiscal year 2011 — the board of supervisors approved motions needed to solidify the Carroll schools budget.

  • Public record for 5/19/10 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing. 

    For information on this column or questions, call at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Feb. 1-25 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Grayson seeks $18.3 million for school facilities

    INDEPENDENCE — After months of discussion, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors decided to seek funding above the originally approved $16.3 million for Phase I of the school system’s long-term facilities improvement plan.

    Construction was nearly halted on the school system’s initial phase after contracted amounts exceeded the allowed $16.3 million approved by the supervisors. Included in that phase are additions and renovations to Fries Middle School and a new facility in western Grayson.

  • Bassist killed in Elk Creek crash

    ELK CREEK — The traditional music world suffered another loss last weekend.

    James Alan Mastin, 55, of Fries was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 21 near Elk Creek on the morning of May 2.

    Mastin was the bass fiddle player for popular band Big Country Bluegrass. He had been with the group for more than 20 years and was the son of old-time fiddler Bruce Mastin.

    Mastin and the band played the Grand Ole Opry in 1999, and he played bass on their numerous albums.

  • Houston Caldwell: A Life Cut Short

    Houston Caldwell was a leader, and a person who did everything he put his mind to, according to close friend Stevie Barr, Caldwell's first banjo teacher and the manager at Barr's Fiddle Shop in downtown Galax, where Caldwell worked during the summers for the past few years.

    Caldwell, 18, of Galax — a 2009 graduate of Carroll County High School — died as the result of a motorcycle accident last Friday.