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  • Public record for 7/17/13 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 February in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Readers' Hotline 7/17/13

    Cloud of smoke
    It’s rather sad when you visit a relative at a nursing home and they have brought the residents out front to smoke and you have to wade through the cigarette smoke to get to even the front door. Some people are allergic to cigarette smoke and they can’t do that. It is just pitiful that the staff does that and the administration doesn’t do something about it.

    Caring manner

  • Drown-Town Galax: Floods hit historic district

    This year’s second “Cruisin’ & Groovin” event in Galax was met with an unexpected and destructive twist, when yet another heavy downpour resulted in one of the worst floods that the city has seen in 50 years.
    Over the past several weeks, citizens of the Twin Counties have come to expect rainy weather.
    According to the National Weather Service, the area has already seen 600 percent of the average expected rainfall in July.

  • Carroll: Problems arise from PC actions

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll supervisors spent much of their July 8 meeting discussing problems that have arisen from decisions made by the county’s planning commission over the years, including misplaced use of policies and an incorrectly adopted site plan for a recreational vehicle development.
    Policies wrongly adopted by the Carroll County Planning Commission — that should have been handled as amendments to the subdivision ordinance — were adopted incorrectly, the supervisors discussed with County Attorney Jim Cornwell at the July 8 meeting.

  • Suspect leads Grayson police on chase

    A Grayson County woman wanted on parole violation and drug-related warrants was arrested last Friday after a foot chase, according to police.
    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said his office received information that Loretta Parsons, 36, of 270 Sugar Shack Road, was at her residence and deputies were dispatched to serve papers.
    Vaughan said there were three capias orders to take Parsons into custody and a show cause summons on file against her in Grayson County, and two capias orders issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

  • River North prison security level set

    INDEPENDENCE — River North Correctional Facility in Independence is a lock to be a Security Level 4 prison when it is fully operational, according to Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) officials.
    According to the DOC website, a Security Level 4 facility contains inmates with long-term, single, multiple and life-plus sentences. Inmates in these facilities must show no disruptive behavior for at least the past 24 months prior to be considered for a transfer to any less secure facility.
    Level 4 is not considered maximum security.

  • Carroll gives lot behind Carter Home to Town of Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE  — Town officials plan to create a space for a community farmers market and a venue for local events, now that the Carroll supervisors have agreed to transfer the parking lot behind the historic Carter Home to Hillsville.
    Town Manager Travis Jackson was the sole speaker to appear at the June public hearing on the transfer of the .7044 acre behind the history home once owned by the family of early industrial magnate George L. Carter.
    The lot would still be used for public parking, but with additions, Jackson explained to the county officials.

  • Galax could lower more speed limits

    The changes in Galax speed limits may continue as research finds more inconsistencies with the city’s roads.
    Police Chief Rick Clark spoke with members of Galax City Council at their July 8 meeting, where he presented another recommendation, along with findings from research conducted by the city’s Traffic Safety Committee.
    The discussion returned to an action item that was held over from council’s May 28 meeting — a recommendation to reduce the speed limit on U.S. 58 from 45 to 35 mph from Fries Road west to Mountain View.

  • Touring the Trail

    FRIES — Blue Cat on the New has reeled in the contract for a pilot program to increase accessibility on the New River Trail State Park.
    Only this outfitter, with locations in Fries and Draper, has received permission from the state to host tours of portions of the popular trail using golf carts.
    Business owner Donnie Turner’s application was accepted last winter when the state park system sought proposals.
    The tours out of the Fries location can stretch to about 2.5 hours and extend as far as Byllesby Dam and the Gambetta area.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/15/13

    Unwelcome help
    I read the editor’s note on the coaching question. It said the coaches are tutors that work with students that need extra help. I think someone needs to talk with these coaches about their job description. I was told from the reading coach and math coach that they are not supposed to work with children, that they are just there as a resource for me. I have enough sense to get my own resources, thank you.