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  • Galax considers Glendale plans

    Galax City Council has scheduled a public hearing tonight, Monday, to consider an alternate plan for improvements to Glendale Road.

    The improvement project has been part of the Virginia Department of Transportation's six-year improvement plan for several years.

    The project originally called for a realignment of the intersection of Glendale Road and U.S. 58 (West Stuart Drive) and the intersections of Valley Street and Glendale Road, and widening Glendale from two lanes to four lanes to Cliffview Road, with sidewalks, curb and gutter.

  • Dutton appeals murder conviction

    HILLSVILLE — A man convicted of surprising his estranged wife and killing her Jan. 3, 2007, in her Ivanhoe home has filed an appeal.

    Robert Allen Dutton, 57, was convicted in Carroll County Circuit Court of first-degree murder, use of a firearm and statutory burglary in the death of his wife of nearly eight years, Sandra Kay Dutton, 41, from gunshot wounds to the head and back.

    Carroll deputies found her body on her bed, her keys in the lock on the open outside door, and her pocketbook and packages on the floor just inside an otherwise tidy house.

  • Teen recovering from accident

    FRIES — A 17-year-old who was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident nearly a month ago was expected to return home Monday.

    Phillip Mathew Norman, of Fries, was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Sept. 15 after his vehicle collided with a tree.

    Nearly a month later, Norman is scheduled to come home, according to his sister, Crystal.

  • Localities backing micro-loan program

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County became the final piece of the puzzle for a regional grant application to bring a micro-lending business to the Twin Counties.

    The board of supervisors approved the application during its regular meeting Oct. 9 — joining the City of Galax and Carroll County.

    The process began in July when Brian Phipps of People Inc. of Abingdon approached the boards about the business that provides a micro-lending program for emerging businesses in the Twin Counties.

  • 85 new businesses created

    The Crossroads Small Business Development Center has led to the creation of 85 new businesses that represent the potential of 391 jobs.

    The center, along with the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority and the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center which assists with small business development, hosted the recent “Celebration of Entrepreneurial Business Achievements” dinner and ribbon-cutting to recognize small business owners.

  • County budgets overspent

    INDEPENDENCE — With one quarter of the 2008-09 fiscal year officially complete, several departments in Grayson are already being red-flagged.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring gave an update on the budget to the board of supervisors at its regular meeting last Thursday night.

    “Times are difficult,” said Ring. “Money is short.”

    Of course, the summer and fall months tend to be the slower because tax revenues have not begun to come in.

  • Furniture company goes eco-friendly

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co., now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult furniture in the nation, has set goals to drastically reduce solid waste, electricity consumption and finishing waste, allowing the company to become certified in Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC).

    The environmental management program was launched by the American Home Furnishings Alliance in 1999. It is a set of management tools and principles that a company can use to integrate environmental concerns into daily business practices.

  • Chamber requests investigation

    HILLSVILLE — The Virginia State Police confirmed that an investigation is underway into financial allegations at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

    Sgt. Mike Conroy confirmed that chamber officials are cooperating with the investigation.

    As the state police just got the information last Monday, the investigation is just starting. Conroy estimated that a typical investigation like this takes 60 to 90 days.

  • Littrell weighs in on closed meetings

    HILLSVILLE — As a candidate for the Carroll Board of Supervisors, Tom Littrell campaigned on having more open county meetings and using closed sessions as sparingly as possible.

    After sitting in on both open and closed sessions, Littrell the supervisor believes that county officials have correctly and appropriately used exemptions allowed by law.

    The point was raised recently by citizen Mike Goldwasser, as closed sessions have related to land deals by Carroll’s governing bodies.

  • Weststar deeds pump station to Carroll PSA

    HILLSVILLE — An arrangement between developers and Carroll County over a pumping station near Interstate 77 has been reached.

    In a press release Monday, Carroll officials said that the board of supervisors and public service authority have reached “an exceptionally reasonable agreement” regarding the pump station at the intersection of I-77 and U.S. 58.

    The pump station property was located on land that Weststar Investments LLC bought at the intersection.