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Today's News

  • Robberies were to pay bills

    HILLSVILLE — The 32-year-old Mount Airy, N.C., man who tried to rob three financial services businesses in Cana during the summer of 2007 pleaded guilty to all charges in Carroll Circuit Court last Thursday.

    Carroll deputies had charged Carl Anthony Berrier with two counts of armed robbery for going into Speedy Cash and Cash to Go with a knife and demanding money in July 2007.

    A locked door at the BB&T bank in Cana stymied a similar attempt there and led to Berrier's capture. Authorities charged him with attempted robbery for that incident.

  • Carroll offices to be rearranged

    HILLSVILLE — Office shuffling in the Carroll County Governmental Center should result in better customer service, officials hope.

    Now, before a contractor can obtain all of the needed documents for a construction permit, they must visit the building official, the PSA, the erosion and sediment control inspector and the health department — in offices at different locations of the governmental center.

    Now, all these offices will be located in the same area, formerly the VA Cooperative Extension Offices.

  • Grayson schools talk early retirement

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to close the gap on a $1.2 million cut to the Grayson County Schools’ budget, the division will consider implementing an early retirement plan.

    Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas brought a proposal to the school board Feb. 9 that she said could save between $100,000 and $200,000 for the 2009-10 school year.

    “This program would benefit both the school system, and its employees,” Thomas said.

    Eligibility for the plan includes:

  • Maroon Tide guard’s switch pays off

    Being out of position on a basketball court can lead to a lot of bad things, like missed rebounds, defensive breakdowns, offensive confusion, etc. Being out of position, or in this case, being in a different position, turned out pretty well for Cameron Frazier.

    Moving to shooting guard in his senior season after years as Galax’s point guard, Frazier apparently felt right at home in his new position, having a strong enough season to earn the Mountain Empire District’s player of the year award.

  • Hoops teams thrown a curveball

    If change is good, drastic change must be awesome.

    Or so it seems in the eyes of the Virginia High School League.

    It’s not exactly High School Sports meets Social Reform, but at the very least a tee-ball mentality has invaded the learned folks running high school sports in Virginia.

  • Panthers man up on Tide

    DUBLIN -- Twin Valley may not play much man-to-man defense, but the Panthers showed they have definitely practiced it.

    Employing a seldom-used man defense from start to finish, Twin Valley kept Galax’s long-range shooters out of sync nearly all night, running away with a 77-61 win in the Group A Division 1 quarterfinals Friday at Pulaski County High School.

  • Homeschoolers place third in regionals

    The Blue Ridge Panthers placed third in the western division at the North Carolina Home Educators Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, held in Winston-Salem Feb. 20-21. The win moved the Panthers to the state basketball championships, held Feb. 27-28 in Greensboro.

    This year’s regional and state tournaments showcased more than 50 teams comprised of more than 500 homeschool basketball players.

  • Campaign HQ fight, macing goes to court

    Two individuals accused of assaulting and pepper-spraying five people at the Republican campaign headquarters in Galax shortly before the 2008 presidential election were convicted of lesser charges of disorderly conduct in Galax General District Court on Monday.

    Daniel Cason Meinecke, 29, of Galax — charged with one count of misdemeanor assault of Galax Republican Party Chairman Michael Stevens — was convicted of the reduced charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Meinecke will serve 100 hours of community service and 60 days of jail, suspended.

  • Public record for 2/18/09 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. 

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in October and November in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

    Rhudy R. Lineberry and Barbara S. Lineberry to Lawrence E. King and Phyllis G. King. 8.486 acres in the Sulphur Springs District. $25,033.70.

  • Vaughan-Bassett to expand in Galax

    It was the kind of announcement that hasn't been heard in Galax — nor in the furniture industry nationwide — in a long time.

    On Friday, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture announced that it will invest $2.15 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Galax, creating 100 new jobs over the next three years, saving 500 existing positions and upgrading and purchasing equipment.