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  • Weststar gives up on I-77 property

    HILLSVILLE — A partner in the Mayberry Opry project told The Gazette on Monday that Weststar Investments has "no use" any longer for 91 acres of Carroll County land.

    Even though partners Mended Wings Productions and Weststar Investments met with Carroll officials earlier this month to hammer out a timeline on the potential sale of county land near the Interstate 77-U.S. 58 interchange, Marshall Lineberry, speaking for his company and RGM Erectors, pointed out there was no guarantee that, at the end that process, the developers would be the ones who ended up with the land.

  • Fourth robbery suspect captured

    Minutes after the fourth suspect involved in Tuesday's robbery and chase through Carroll County was spotted at a gas station at Fancy Gap, a Carroll deputy and Hillsville police closed in and arrested him.

    wiliam Music, said to be the driver of the suspect vehicle, was taken into custody at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning after spending the night trying to elude authorities.

    He faces several charges in the incident.

    See Friday's edition of The Gazette for more details.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention Winners

    The Fries Volunteer Fire Department recently announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ and Bluegrass Convention, held Aug. 15-16.

    The best all-around performer, and winner of the Henry Whitter Award, was Billy W. Bourne of Fries.

    Winners include, first through fifth:

  • Art school on hold, but classes proceed

    Although Galax has not received authorization from USDA Rural Development to advertise for construction of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, the school is rapidly growing. It now has a schedule of some available classes and the staff has been working on marketing and fundraising strategies.

    Galax City Council received a progress report from Chris Shackelford, director of the art school, at its Aug. 11 meeting.

  • School project may bring water access

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of the Grant community in western Grayson County may soon have the option to hook up to a public water system — despite added cost to the county to install it.

    Grayson County Administrator Bill Ring approached the board of supervisors with information about how the county can provide water to the new Grayson Highlands School being built off Virginia 16.

    After talking with engineers, Ring said, the difference in cost of a private well or extending the lines may look large at first but actually is “almost a complete wash.”

  • Isom waives hearing

    HILLSVILLE — A 56-year-old Galax man charged with killing his brother waived his preliminary hearing in Carroll Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday.

    Eugene Isom had been charged by Carroll deputies with second-degree murder in the death of his 75-year-old brother, Robert, last November.

    Deputies were originally called out to 1196 Tower Road around 6:30 a.m., after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, At that time, authorities believed that Robert Lee Isom, 75, was beaten to death.

  • Depot, other projects, advance in Fries

    FRIES — A project to rebuild the town's old railroad depot is picking up steam, an engineer told Fries Town Council members on Aug. 5.

    Jeff Cochran of Lane Engineering updated town council on some of the projects the company is working on for Fries.

    Cochran said a meeting will be held with the lead architect on the project and a committee comprised of town officials and citizens to make sure both sides agree to what they want at the site before the paperwork is sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation for approval.

  • Autism event makes for happy campers

    At an annual week-long autism camp hosted by faculty and students of the Radford University Autism Clinic at Southwest Virginia Training Center, 10 children ages 4-14 experienced camp life, met with friends and participated in activities with children sharing the common bond of a diagnosis of autism.

    The neurological disorder impacts communication and social interaction skills.

  • Police search local motel as part of N.C. homicide investigation

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Deputies from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office briefly extended the investigation of a mother slain in her Raleigh home on Nov. 3, 2006, to Hillsville, Va., to check on her husband’s whereabouts at the time of the crime.

    The body of Michelle Young was discovered by her sister that day while her husband Jason was traveling, according to a search warrant issued in February and recently unsealed.

    Computer records show that Jason Young had checked in at the Hampton Inn in Hillsville at about 10:49 p.m. on Nov. 2.

  • Goodbye yellow Moose tent?

    The City of Galax is seeking funding to build a 20-by-28-foot permanent performance stage at Felts Park in Galax in 2010 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

    At Monday's meeting, city council members voted to move forward in the planning for the $150,000 stage, and approved a request from the event's sponsor, the Galax Moose Lodge, to apply for funding.

    However, concerns arose that the permanent stage might interfere with traditional events that take place in Felts Park.