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  • Hillsville settles with Waste Industries

    HILLSVILLE — A private waste disposal company took issue with Hillsville’s annexing the busy Interstate 77 Exit 14 and taking business away from them.
    But both the town council and Waste Industries worked out a deal to avoid taking the matter to court.
    A settlement approved by members of Hillsville Town Council on Monday will pay a one-time sum to Waste Industries to keep the dispute from going any farther.

  • Isom named Carroll's top teacher

    WOODLAWN — Carroll schools’ county-wide teacher of the year has taught at Woodlawn since beginning her career.
    Becky Isom will also be the last teacher of the year to come from the school that’s scheduled to be closed after the completion of grade realignment, when construction work wraps up at Carroll high and intermediate.
    Surprised in class by school and division administrators, Isom reacted that Woodlawn’s a good school full of good teachers.

  • She's 80

    Juanita Sutphin of Galax turned 80 years old on Sept. 10. She was honored with a surprise birthday party hosted by family at her home church, Fries Church of God of Prophecy. About 75 people attended.

    Her children are Rick (and Pam) Sutphin of Spartanburg, S.C.; Pat Sutphin Williams of Mooresville, N.C.; and (Eddie and) Martha Baumgardner of Galax. Juanita was surprised and thankful for the outpouring of support and love. The family thanked all who made the party a success.

  • He's one

    Levi Kristopher Ward celebrated his first birthday Oct. 4 with a party and monkey cake at his home in Independence. He is the son of Kris and Mary Lynne Ward.

    His grandparents are Harry Cox, Bo and Susan Moxley, and Harvey and Jill Ward. His great-grandparents are Agnes Cox, Mary Jane Hollingsworth, Odell Moxley, Danna Ward and Lacy and Dreama Bowman.

  • Public record for 11/28/12 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Birding trail plan ruffles some feathers

    FRIES — Fries Town Council held a longer monthly meeting than usual on Nov. 6, mostly due to a prolonged and passionate discussion about a proposed birding trail.
    At issue is whether the town can use a grant, which was awarded to rebuild the old Fries train depot, for developing the trail.
    The depot project has been in development for a decade, but has never come to fruition.

  • Carroll PSA accepts conflict ruling

    HILLSVILLE — After Virginia’s attorney general found no conflict of interest in the case of a Carroll supervisor working for an engineering firm employed by the county, the Carroll Public Service Authority has accepted the ruling as it applies to the Fancy Gap water and sewer project.

  • Live ammo makes fighting vehicle fire dangerous

    HILLSVILLE ― Firefighters had to keep their distance from a vehicle fire at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
    The Ford Explorer had live ammunition inside.
    The vehicle’s driver pulled off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 and into the parking lot at Hickory Hills Shopping Center when he smelled smoke coming from the Explorer, according to Andy Utt, a lieutenant with the Hillsville Fire Department.
    The driver saw that fire and smoke was concentrated in the center of the dash. Therefore, the fire was thought to be electrical in origin.

  • Council to pitch in with cost of veterans memorial

    During their Nov. 12 meeting, Galax City Council members pledged to donate $7,000 to the newly constructed Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial.
    Council’s idea of making a donation to the memorial originated at the Oct. 8 meeting, when Council Member Margo Crouse made a motion to sponsor the memorial. At that time, council discussed the possibility of making a donation, but they ultimately decided to postpone a decision until the Nov. 12 meeting.

  • Readers' Hotline 11/28/12

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