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  • Hit the brakes in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — Police speedily rolled its latest traffic safety tool on the streets of Hillsville.

    Police Chief Steve Williams told town council members at their meeting last Monday about the department's interest in buying a "speed trailer" — the roadside radar device with electronic readout meant to slow down traffic.

    "If you were near the intermediate school after lunch today, Decatur Radar brought what they call a speed trailer for us to demo…" Williams explained.

  • Schools may serve as collateral

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County will likely put its two schools included in Phase I of the long-term facilities improvement plan up for collateral as it looks for additional money to fund the projects.

    The board has an outstanding loan of $16.3 million with SunTrust Bank. That number was expected to cover the costs of Phase I — which includes a new school in the western end of the county and renovations to Fries Middle School.

  • Public record for 6/2/10 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. 18-March 23 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Woodlawn man charged in Surry County killing

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — A 54-year-old Woodlawn man is one of two suspects charged in the May 17 shooting death of a 49-year-old Mount Airy man, according to information from the Surry County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies found Kenneth James Kizer dead in his home of multiple gunshot wounds after they responded to his home.

    Charged Tuesday in the shooting were Wesley Carson Vass of 431 Carrollwood Drive and Mary Irene Kizer of the Surry County home where the incident occurred, according to the sheriff's department.

  • Woman charged with embezzling from store

    INDEPENDENCE — A Galax woman has been indicted on four charges in connection with the alleged embezzling of money and goods from Gardner’s Pawn Shop in Galax.

    Carolyn Burcham Akers was indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on April 23 for grand larceny of jewelry, tools and personal property from the shop and three counts of obtaining money by fraud or false pretense of more than $200.

    The offenses allegedly occurred between July 2009 and Jan. 31, 2010.

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

  • Fight leads to shooting death in Pipers Gap

    HILLSVILLE — A scuffle at a home on Coal Creek Road turned deadly Tuesday evening when one participant pulled a gun and fired on a 27-year-old Hillsville man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    Deputies have identified the victim as Bryon Jordan Wilson, who died from a gun shot wound to the chest at about 9:49 p.m.

    Charged with the shooting is David Levelle Richardson, 21, of Calloway Street, Galax, Manning said.

    "Well, it started out as just playing around and it got heated after a couple things happened," he explained.

  • Inmate program saving Grayson money

    INDEPENDENCE – Grayson supervisors believed starting their own Day Report Center would save the county money, but they didn’t know it would pay off this quickly.

    Emil Butler, manager for the county’s program that helps gives criminals an alternative to spending time behind bars, recently provided the board with an update on how things are going.

    Butler said that Grayson averages housing 62 inmates at a time in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. At an average cost of $30 per day, the county’s annual costs have risen to $700,000.

  • Fancy Gap prepares for change

    FANCY GAP — Planning meeting participants came to a hard realization Thursday — Fancy Gap is going to change.

    Whether people want it or not, the future availability of public water and sewer will result in development in the heavily traveled Carroll County community.

  • 'Serial killer' denied reward

    Convicted killer Frederick P. Hammer struck out again in court last week when a judge ruled that he was not entitled to a $15,000 reward for telling the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department the location of Jimmy Blevins' body.

    Superior Court Judge Edgar Gregory listened to a five-minute summary of the case by David Jolly, a Crumpler, N.C., lawyer who represented the Blevins family.

  • Galax man arrested with 10 pounds of meth

    A Galax man, along with five others, was arrested in East Tennessee after authorities found 10 pounds of meth, valued at $448,000, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

    Mendoza Ventura Placido, 29, of Galax was arrested last Friday, along with: Guadalupe Granado, 35, of Newport, Tenn.; Marcos Antonio Rivera, 33, and Abel Martinez Tavera, 37, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Elias Mazariegos Perez, 30, of Morristown, Tenn.

    The investigation began in March shortly after the conclusion of a large 2009 drug investigation.