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  • Public record for 5/26/10 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 at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded Feb. 20-March 19 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Girl Scout leaders commended

    Girl Scouts in Carroll County honored their adult leaders April 22 on Girl Scout Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week.

    Our dedicated leaders give of their time to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips.

  • Woman dies in I-77 crash

    LAMBSBURG — An 18-year-old Columbus, Ohio, woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 77 Friday near the 3.5 mile marker.

    Candida D. Chapman, driving a 2001 Ford Explorer southbound, lost control of the vehicle at around 3:40 p.m., according to a Virginia State Police report by Trooper K.D. Blackburn.

    The Explorer hit a slight embankment, then went airborne through the median and downhill before coming to a stop in the northbound lanes.

    The Explorer, registered to a Toby Chapman, had an estimated $3,000 in damage, according to the report.

  • Officers honored for roles in Hillsville apartment fire

    HILLSVILLE —  Usually it's the firefighters that first rush into a burning building to pull the occupants out, but in the early morning of Jan. 9 at Briarleigh Court, three law enforcement officers braved the smoke and the flames.

    None of the 37 residents at the independent living complex in Hillsville succumbed to the fire, due in large part to the actions of Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Cochran, Carroll Deputy Bobby Lyons and Hillsville Officer Ricky Hayes.

    Their acts have brought praise from around the Twin Counties and around the state.

  • AmerLink's former chief sentenced

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former president of AmerLink log homes received a sentence of three years probation and 400 hours of community service last Thursday after admitting he committed bankruptcy fraud, according to U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding.

    AmerLink declared bankruptcy after a failed economic development deal with Carroll County, Va. The company was supposed to create 200 jobs in exchange for $600,000 in state incentive funds and 32 acres of county land. Carroll is suing to reclaim that property.

  • Thompson sentenced on drug charges

    ROANOKE — A Hillsville man, one of six Twin County residents charged with drug offenses in federal court, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

    Bobby Dwayne Thompson faced multiple charges in a federal indictment, including:

    • conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance.

    • distribution of meth

    • possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime

  • Police close Walmart shooting case

    The police investigation into a shooting at Walmart revealed that the victim’s actions were “heroic and selfless.”

    Rita Carico, 57, of Galax, who was shot in the face and chest in the dairy section of Walmart on the night of May 1, has been released from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and expects to make a full recovery, according to the Galax Police Department.

    Investigators had been waiting for Carico to recover before interviewing her about the shooting. Police were able to talk to her last week.

  • Cavs outduel Maroon Tide

    An adjustment in the cut of uniform, a change of names here and there and the removal of the ‘nondistrict’ label, and it may as well have been 30 years ago. After years of blowouts followed by 18 years of not playing one another at all, Carroll County and Galax put on a battle worthy of the ones common between the two in the 70s and 80s, with the Cavaliers escaping the Tide 2-1 in a non-league meeting Wednesday night in Felts Park.

  • However briefly, Cavs the leaders in the clubhouse

    BLUEFIELD -- It doesn’t look like it will last for very long, but Carroll County is atop the Southwest District baseball standings in mid-May. The Cavaliers exploded for  11 runs in the second and third innings Thursday to swamp Graham 15-1 in five innings, taking over the top spot by percentage points over Abingdon.

  • Late surge can’t lift Lady Cavs

    HILLSVILLE -- A late flurry of activity very nearly brought Carroll County to within striking distance, but a disallowed goal helped keep Tazewell out of reach as the Bulldogs took a 4-1 win over Carroll County in a Southwest District girls’ soccer match Thursday at Tommy Thompson Field. The Cavaliers (3-9 overall, 2-8 district) trailed 3-0 before Summer Rigney sparked Carroll County in the 61st minute, taking a long direct kick from Lauren Roper, ge