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Today's News

  • Carroll seeks federal bonds

    HILLSVILLE —  Carroll County worked to extend its run of landing federal stimulus funds for development efforts at its organizational meeting Monday.

    Carroll County, the Public Service Authority in particular, has proven successful in receiving millions of dollars for "shovel-ready" water and sewer infrastructure projects.

    The latest effort involves seeking Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds and Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, a subject broached at the county meeting where the county board of supervisors elected its chairman and vice chairman.

  • Carrico seeking prayer ban reversal

    RICHMOND — As state legislators prepare for the 2010 General Assembly, a local delegate has once again renewed his commitment to overturn an administrative order requiring Virginia State Police chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at official events.

    Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), a retired state trooper, has introduced House Bill No. 9 for the upcoming General Assembly, which is set to begin Jan. 13 — an identical bill to the one seen in the Senate's court committee that died by one vote last year.

  • GNB robber pleads guilty in federal court

    LNS bank robber

    Richard Donald Hawes’ fifth bank robbery worked out no better than the first four.

    In August, he’d approached a teller at Grayson National Bank in Hillsville. Wearing overalls, gloves, sunglasses and a ball cap, and with a bandanna pulled up over his face, Hawes held out a plastic bag and said, “No dye packs, no dye packs,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jake Jacobsen said.

    But the teller didn’t listen.

  • Devils go deep to drop Cavs

    HILLSVILLE -- Grayson County has averaged nearly 80 points per game over its last seven outings, mostly by forcing the tempo and beating defenses down the floor. Wednesday, the Blue Devils showed they didn’t have to run all night to put up a chunk of points.

    Grayson County was deadly from 3-point range and shot 56 percent from the floor overall, pulling away in the second half to deal Carroll County an 89-66 nondistrict defeat.

  • Tide girls whip EastMont by 30

     ELLISTON -- Galax got back on the winning track Monday night, blowing away Eastern Montgomery in the second half to take a 53-23 nondistrict win.

  • Public record for 1/13/09 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 June in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

    Gregory Leon Williams of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $71 costs.

  • Carroll seeks public input in planning

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will update the county's Comprehensive Plan during 2010.

    The plan will create a picture of what the county will look like in the future and will reflect the desires of the residents. During construction of the plan, current conditions of the county will be evaluated and compared to the desired conditions 20 years into the future and the plan will serve as a road map and a decision making guide to move the county forward. 

  • Art school to hold first class on Feb. 1

    The City of Galax has made plans to sell Chestnut Creek School of the Arts tax credits to Carter Bank & Trust, with arrangements to be finalized by the end of March.

    CCSA has been in the making for six years. The art school has been temporarily housed in the Vaughan building, beside the Galax Public Library, holding classes there for more than a year while its permanent home is established at the former First National Bank building at the corner of Main and Grayson streets downtown.

  • Boucher looking ahead

    Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) is co-sponsoring a bill that could help the federal government create a balanced budget, and that's just of one of his priorities for 2010.

    The U.S. House of Representatives member made his annual visit to The Gazette on Dec. 30, outlining plans for the new year and looking back on 2009.

    The budget bill would create a commission, comprised of non-congressional members, that would look at all areas of federal spending and federal revenue and make comprehensive recommendations that would lead to a balanced budget, he said.

  • State of the Art

    RICHMOND — A Grayson County man's artwork is on display in the General Assembly Building in downtown Richmond.

    Todd Price — business owner, sign maker and fine artist and designer — was recently invited to feature a collection of his artwork in the state's capital.

    Price's paintings will be on display throughout the Virginia General Assembly's legislative session, Jan. 13 through March 13.