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  • Public record for 6/27/12 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:

  • Inspectors can go back to work

    HILLSVILLE — Nehemiah Engineering has the permission of Rural Development to go back to work inspecting the Fancy Gap water and sewer construction projects.
    The Carroll Public Service Authority discussed the issue at a special meeting Monday in which they also approved the budget for fiscal year 2013.
    Rural Development found that Nehemiah had a conflict due to Joshua Hendrick being employed by the firm while also serving as an elected Carroll supervisor, representing the Laurel Fork District.

  • Carroll to name new school chief Wednesday

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Public Schools will name a new superintendent at a meeting tonight, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

  • John Vaughan, business and civic leader, passes away

    UPDATED 6/28/12: Furniture executive, former Galax mayor and community leader John B. Vaughan passed away on Monday at age 81.
    Born into the Vaughan Furniture dynasty, John Vaughan served 45 years with the Galax-based company and was involved in all facets of the business.
    Vaughan dedicated his business life to the company his father, Taylor G. Vaughan, founded in 1923, and committed his private life to serving his community, family and church.

  • Train your taste buds at BBQ judging school

    You can go from a casual barbecue fan to a professional judge after taking a one-day course during the Smoke On The Mountain state cook-off in July.
    The Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual state championship barbeque contest will feature the judging school on July 19. The contest runs July 20-21 in downtown Galax.

  • Grayson names new school chief

    UPDATED 6/26/12:

  • Readers' Hotline 6/25/12

    Nice digs in Fries
    Congratulations to the Fries Fire Department for getting into your new firehouse. Just to let you guys know, it looks great, especially at night when you come around and everything is lit up and see all the nice equipment that you have. Job well done.

    Heat distress

  • South made Hillsville a better place to live

    For his 18 years as Hillsville town manager, Larry South clearly enjoyed working for his community.
    While South took his responsibilities seriously, he also engaged in them with characteristic good cheer — an attitude that will be missed when he departs the office this week.
    Willing to laugh at himself and shag in the imported beach sand at a downtown cruise-in when the occasion arose, South nonetheless delivered on many programs and policies during his unusually long term as the town’s chief administrator.

  • SCC sets new APCo fuel rate

    State regulators have approved Appalachian Power Co.’s request to increase the fee it charges customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel.
    The new fuel rate approved by the State Corporation Commission is 2.953 cents per kilowatt-hour, an increase of 0.756 cents per kilowatt-hour from the rate established by the SCC in 2010.
    For the average residential customer, the increase means the monthly bill for 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will increase $7.56, or approximately 7.2 percent.

  • Traffic stops keep sheriff's department going

    HILLSVILLE — Highway safety enforcement by Carroll deputies isn’t popular with motorists who get tickets out of it, but the fines generated provided a financial relief to the taxpayers.
    The financial windfall is a byproduct of trying to make Interstate 77 through Carroll County safer, but the revenues from the fines have proven popular enough with politicians.
    State officials tried to garnish a percentage of traffic enforcement in the budget process for fiscal year 2013.