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  • Public record for 7/25/12 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.

    District Court

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

  • APCo requests workers in preparation for storm
  • Cooking teams take home gold at Q-lympics

    This past weekend, about a dozen teams from all over the country pitted their pit-smoked pork against each other at the city’s 8th Annual Smoke on the Mountain, a contest of flavor, showmanship and technique.
    Teams are evaluated by professional judges both on-site and in blind competition, with points in categories like appearance, tenderness and flavor determining the winners.
    The top three teams in each of the three main categories go to the finals, and a grand champion is chosen from among those finalists.

  • Boyer, 18, helps historical preservationists look to future

    Manage your resources, learn to solve problems, help your neighbors solve their problems and learn the land and its history.
    That’s the advice Daniel Boyer, 18, the youngest member of the Matthews Farm Museum Board, has to offer to his peers.
    Boyer and other board members are gearing up for the Matthews Farm Museum Heritage Day on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the 21-acre working farm.

  • Driver flips truck on I-77

     

  • Rec director agrees that Carroll needs new pool

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll’s parks director has put a toe in the water by saying he believes the development of a public pool would enhance recreation in the county.
    A Facebook group dedicated to the idea has already made a splash by attracting 2,100 members, and Carroll County Supervisor Bob Martin seems ready to take the plunge after asking whether voters could weigh in with a referendum this fall.
    Carroll officials like Martin acknowledge that fall might be too soon to dive into such a project because there’s a lot of planning to be done.

  • Agencies raise awareness of synthetic drugs

    Landmark News Service and Staff Reports
    When the synthetic drug industry seeped into the Southwest Virginia, it took root silently.
    Then it flourished, virtually unnoticed by police until recently.
    “When this hit and we started talking about it, it was like a tidal wave,” Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins said at a regional seminar last Thursday in Roanoke. “We’re only now realizing there may have been a significant impact on crime in this area because of this issue.”

  • Twin Counties an oasis amid drought

    BLACKSBURG — The Blue Ridge Mountains remain a garden spot despite the severe drought that’s threatening a return of dust bowl conditions across much of the nation.
    While much of the country’s bread basket struggled under withering heat and lack of moisture, the Twin Counties has stayed relatively green, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • State puts squeeze on Virginia localities

    Landmark News Service editorial. Reprinted with permission

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