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Today's News

  • Walker found guilty

    Sharon Walker of Fries, a former Waddell Nursing & Rehab certified nursing assistant, was found guilty in General District Court on Monday for taking pictures of nursing home residents while they were undressed.

    Waddell Nursing & Rehab called investigators in July after they received an anonymous note from employees stating that Walker and another former Waddell can, Livia Crisan — also charged in the case — were taking inappropriate pictures of patients with their cell phones and showed them to others.

    Both were terminated on July 27.

  • Regional water system gets $800,000

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia-Carolina Water Authority has received additional funding to complete a regional water system between the towns of Independence and Sparta, N.C.

    Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon) announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through its Rural Development Agency, has provided a total of $800,000 in additional funding to the authority to further the construction of the new water system.

    Last month, the authority awarded the final five contracts, putting the project $784,385 over budget.

  • Out of the box

    HILLSVILLE — Without the social aspect of tutoring at Out of the Box, eighth and ninth graders from Carroll County Intermediate School might not spend an extra 90 minutes being so studious on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    The school system recently teamed up with community partner First United Methodist Church of Hillsville, using the church's youth ministry space set up in the Main Street storefront that formerly housed the Ben Franklin five and dime store.

  • Making the Grade in Fries

    The Grayson County School System is making every effort possible to achieve accreditation division-wide, an undertaking that should earn them some “extra credit” on their school report card.

    The school system has only one school remaining — Fries Middle — to achieve that goal.

    With less than 40 schools throughout Virginia fully accredited for the 2009-10 school year, the school administrators know the importance of achieving this goal, and they have responded.

  • Murder appeal fails

    The Virginia Court of Appeals saw no cause to set aside the convictions of murder against a 23-year-old Carroll man in the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting deaths two teens in Fancy Gap.

    A jury in Carroll County Circuit Court after a two-day trial found Clinton Eric Burke guilty in the deaths of George Adam Fulton, 19, and Dustin Bond, 17, at Fulton's mobile home on Frog Spur Road.

    The jury also found Burke guilty of five related charges, including three counts of use of a firearm, the malicious wounding of Amanda Bond and burglary from the home.

  • Bassett speaks out at AEP hearing

    ROCKY MOUNT — Speaker after speaker passionately, pleadingly or sometimes testily implored the Virginia State Corporation Commission last Thursday to take action that current state law is unlikely to allow — that they fully reject or drastically reduce another rate increase proposed this year by Appalachian Power Co. that would further increase customers' electric bills.

  • Volunteers deserve respect

    It would be difficult to overstate the importance of volunteers and the services they provide to the community.

    Those who volunteer share their time, energy and knowledge with friends, neighbors, family and strangers, all while sacrificing their own comfort, to do some good.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/23/09

    Greeting open to interpretation

    I’ve noticed recent postings in the Readers’ Hotline about the meaning of the word “evening.”

    I grew up in New England. I may be a Yankee by birth, but I had no choice in the matter. I’m a Southerner by choice. And in New England, the word “evening” means dusk or 6 p.m., whichever comes first, and everybody there understands that as the meaning of the word.

    And, when I lived there, I used that meaning of the word.

  • AmerLink could be liquidated

    RICHMOND — There's been no objection about turning log home manufacturer AmerLink's financial reorganization into a full-fledged liquidation, says an attorney for Carroll County.

    The official order to change AmerLink's voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy request into a Chapter 7 — where the company would be broken up and sold to pay debts — has not come through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilson, N.C., but Carroll attorney William Gray expects it at any time.

  • Carroll's dog law could have teeth

    HILLSVILLE — A proposed ordinance to regulate roaming pets isn't a leash law — it's a no trespassing law involving dogs.

    County Attorney Jim Cornwell spoke to the Carroll supervisors at their Nov. 16 meeting about the proposal meant to rein in dogs that go off their owner's property and become nuisances to others.

    This came after a Woodlawn resident twice complained of a neighbor's dog that would chase her and her child on their property.