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  • Acid cleanup puts church on hold

    LAMBSBURG — The intervention of the Environmental Protection Agency at a contaminated Lambsburg site is another example of God's hand guiding the future of Truth to New Life Church, the church's leader believes.

    Richard Cavey had his eye on the block building at 496 Old Pipers Gap Road as the site for a new church and its planned outreach programs after relocating to Lambsburg from Maryland.

  • UPDATED: Despite rumors, religious floats welcome in Galax parade

    UPDATED 10/12/09

    The Galax Downtown Association still proudly uses the word "Christmas" to describe its annual December parade, not the controversially generic "holiday" or "winter."

    The parade — with the theme "Music, Memories and Miracles" — welcomes churches to enter floats and even has a category for best religious float.

    In fact, a Christmas theme isn't just suggested for entry — it's kind of a requirement.

  • Chemical cleanup continues

    HILLSVILLE — An Old Pipers Gap Road business that deconstructed computers and used acid to reclaim the gold used on circuit boards was not supposed to have any hazardous materials on site, according to the contract with his landlord.

    Carroll County officials declared a local emergency as Environmental Protection Agency contractors began to assess and clean up the many open and leaky containers of hydrochloric and nitric acid once used to strip the precious metals from old computers.

    In all, 300 barrels of hazardous materials were found in six box trailers.

  • State cuts could help Grayson prison

    INDEPENDENCE — A plan released last month by Gov. Tim Kaine to close a $1.35 billion shortfall in the state budget may benefit the new prison under construction in Grayson County.

    Earlier this year, state officials said Virginia's General Assembly did not include operating funds for the county's new prison in the fiscal year 2010 budget.

    Virginia Department of Corrections Spokesman Larry Traylor told The Gazette that without further funding action, the opening date could be delayed — meaning nearly 350 jobs expected to come next year may have to wait.

  • Fries to discuss decal fee increase

    FRIES — The Town of Fries planned to consider a proposal to increase its vehicle decal fee at its next regular meeting — but the increase may not be necessary after all.

    Fries Town Manager Brian Reed spoke briefly about the increase during council's regular meeting Oct. 6. Reed said it appeared the town would need to increase their decal fee from $20 to $25 to mirror the county's amount.

    Much like what neighboring Hillsville did when Carroll County increased its fee, Reed said Grayson could charge Fries residents the $5 difference — if it existed.

  • Dugspur woman dies after crash

    PULASKI — An 81-year-old Dugspur woman died Oct. 8 after her 1996 Chevy Beretta collided head-on with a dump truck on Virginia 100 in Pulaski County.

    Violetta P. Quesenberry of Dugspur died the same day after the 8:10 a.m. accident on 100 near Virginia 654.

    The Virginia State Police report by Trooper E.P. Ellison states that Quesenberry's vehicle crossed the center line and struck the dump truck, a 2001 Peterbilt driven by Carol Marie Farmer of Max Meadows.

    Emergency officials transported Quesenberry for treatment to Roanoke.

  • Parade 'boycott' issue resolved

    A Fries pastor and the Galax Downtown Association are now on the same page when it comes to Christmas parade rules.

    The downtown merchants' association tried to head off what officials mistakenly understood to be a threatened boycott of its annual parade over rules that were interpreted as banning or limiting religious floats.

    Pastor Ben Haga of Grace Baptist Church, on the other hand, says he never called for a boycott, despite what others heard or misunderstood.

  • Were acid concerns ignored?

    HILLSVILLE — A Lambsburg resident had some acid words for Carroll County officials who he said ignored problems at a business with hazardous wastes, which recently prompted an emergency clean up.

    Guy Clark told county supervisors that residents in the Lambsburg community felt their previous complaints about the site — made weeks before the clean-up began — went unheard.

    Clark said barrels of acid on the site were not hidden from view, and county officials should have done something sooner.

  • Public record for 10/21/09 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 March in the Grayson County General District Court Office, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Celebrating our textile heritage

    During the coming days, communities across the South will celebrate Textile Heritage Week — this year exploring how our mill hill ancestors survived the Great Depression.

    Many references have lately been made to the Depression because it remains the nation’s yardstick for deprivation and mass insecurity.

    Chronicles usually begin with the October 1929 stock market crash. The South’s mill hills were not only far from that Wall Street epicenter, they were, in so many ways, a world apart. Isolation can be awful, but it can sometimes be an asset.