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  • Nine convicted in Grayson/N.C. drug conspiracy

    ABINGDON — The final two defendants in a nine-member methamphetamine conspiracy case were convicted by a federal jury in Abingdon on Dec. 4.

    Jessee Dane Cox, 33, and Robert Cox, 35, both of Crumpler, N.C., were two of nine defendants indicted in January for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Grayson County and Ashe County, N.C.

    Jessee Cox was convicted of conspiracy to possess meth with the intent to distribute and of distributing 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine.

  • Town DMV staff rewarded for office's success

    INDEPENDENCE — Three town employees will receive a 25 percent bonus from extra profits made through the Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    Independence Town Council called a special meeting Nov. 21 to consider the proposal on what to do with money being made by the town's DMV Select office.

    After more than 90 minutes in closed session discussing the proposal, Vice Mayor Tom Maxwell motioned to accept the DMV funds as proposed. The motion was seconded by Council Member Jason Cassell and passed with a 3-0 vote.

  • WCC to offer new scholarships

    A new program funded by the Virginia Tobacco Commission will allow Wytheville Community College students — who don’t qualify for traditional financial aid, but still have financial needs — the opportunity to receive scholarships, announced Sen. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry County) at a press conference at the Crossroads Institute on Monday.

  • Burglary suspects indicted

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury on Monday indicted four men who were allegedly discovered breaking in to a Dugspur home Aug. 26 in daylight and then tried to elude police.

    The grand jury certified multiple counts against three brothers and another man in connection with the break-in.

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

    The incident happened at the home of David Branscome Jr., who returned home that day to discover the men.

  • Historic home gets help

    HILLSVILLE — After $250,000 worth of grant money had been spent fixing up the major systems in the Carter Home, the Carroll supervisors have pledged a remaining and necessary piece of work to get the historic building partially reopened.

    After two years of work that restored the chimney, roof, windows, gutters, electric system, plumbing and more, it was the state of one wooden floor that kept the house — which has its origins in the 1840s — from being reopened by the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home Foundation.

  • Public record for 11/19/08 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 3-Sept. 17 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Vaughan-Bassett to close Elkin plant

    ELKIN, N.C. — Vaughanee'Bassett Furniture Company announced Monday that it will "mothball" its Elkin plant in 60 days, which will lead to the loss of approximately 400 jobs.

    The Galax, Va.-based company emphasized, however, that it has no plans to sell either its plant or its equipment.

  • Dogs to be returned to Winesett

    HILLSVILLE — Because state authorities failed to get a court date within the required time for a matter involving 63 dogs seized from a Carroll County man, possession of the dogs will return to the owner.

  • Alternative fuel business relaunches


    BIODIESEL: A cleaner-burning alternative fuel that is created from used vegetable oil harvested from restaurants

  • Localities prepare for state cuts

    Before an audience of officials representing Galax, Carroll and Grayson at the Crossroads Institute, state senators William Wampler and Roscoe Reynolds and Del. Bill Carrico delivered the local and state economic forecast during last Tuesday’s legislative dinner.

    Legislators were asked to provide feedback and input on the state budget for the next fiscal year.

    Discussing the future economy, Reynolds admits that he is extremely worried and cautious, noting that 10 million jobs are at stake at automobile plants and the low gas prices are due to the extreme downturn.