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  • Readers' Hotline 7/6/11

     

  • Public record for 7/6/11 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 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in March in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Carroll goes after delinquent taxes

    HILLSVILLE — More Carroll property owners have been convinced to catch up on what they owe in back taxes, the county attorney says.
    Jim Cornwell has been collecting delinquent taxes for the county, and he puts the amount in taxes, penalties and interest at $103,462.
    That number has risen from Cornwell’s report at the June 13 Carroll Board of Supervisors meeting.
    That figure does not include attorney or administration fees or other costs, he stressed. Those fees are covered by the taxpayer being billed.

  • Sheriff presents annual report

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan recently released a summary report for the sheriff’s office for 2010-2011.
    In addition to deputies responding to 3,934 calls for service, the sheriff’s office had a busy year with 6,753 warrants served (1,040 criminal and 5,713 civil).
    The department recorded 160 felony charges in investigations alone.
    Drug arrests remained on the rise with, 161 charges stemming from 71 offenders.  
    Larceny and burglary charges came to a combined total of 113.

  • New state laws in effect

     

  • A long-range forecast for Wildwood

    CLICK LINK AT END OF STORY TO READ THE ORIGINAL COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR THE WILDWOOD PROJECT

    The Wildwood Commerce Park project would have a total net revenue of $7,669,236 per locality by year 31, said Ken McFadyen, director of the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority.
    McFadyen and Mike Maynard, chair of BRCEDA, compiled a spreadsheet that projects figures of how the Wildwood Commerce Park would pay off.

  • Hillsville refinances water, sewer debt

    HILLSVILLE — A financial consultant noted last week that Hillsville needs to ease pressure on its water and sewer system finances.
    Town officials had sought advice from Davenport and Co. as a budget issue, hoping to reduce the need for rate increases. Consultant Kyle Laux brought town council proposals to refinance existing sewer department debt and fund necessary improvements to the water plant.
    He described the effort as a way to “help find ways to ease the cash flow burden on the water and sewer fund.”

  • 4-H shaped new agent's life

     

  • Money in the bank

    What difference does a year make?
    For Grayson County, it makes about a $5.2 million difference.
    After supervisors raised taxes in back-to-back years, Grayson citizens quickly found themselves moving from a county with one of the lowest tax rates in the state to around the middle of the pack.
    While the tax increases weren’t popular, at that time they were necessary to pull the county out of its financial crisis.

  • The best shelter begins with a caring community

    I’ve often heard people who have come to Galax, Grayson County or Carroll County remark that this area has the nicest people.
    So how have we gotten so out of touch with the sad reality of what is happening to our animals here?
    When did it become acceptable to kill animals because there were just too many?  When did we decide that animals have no value or purpose?
    How often do you pass by the animal shelter on your way to church — a place where many find their sense of a loving community?