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Today's News

  • Hillsville, Carroll renew lawsuit

    HILLSVILLE — Having to renew a circuit court case over disputed utility payments seems to have reignited discussions between Carroll County and Hillsville about shared interests.

    The county and the town had to reinstate by July 16 the case surrounding water and sewer service payments sought by Hillsville to the Carroll County Industrial Park for 2001 and 2002.

    Hillsville's appeal to the circuit court stems from a refusal by Carroll to pay a bill that county officials disagreed with for water and sewer service at the industrial park in the town.

  • Prison's security level could be elevated

    INDEPENDENCE — The Virginia Department of Corrections is considering an upgrade in security level at the new Mount Rogers Medium Security Facility under construction outside of Independence.

    “We are considering upgrading this facility from a Security Level 3 to a Security Level 4 facility,” said Larry Traylor, spokesman for the DOC, in an e-mail to The Gazette. “It would still be considered a medium security facility.”

    The men’s prison will have 1,038 general population beds and 20 segregated beds.

  • Search warrant turns up drugs

    FRIES — A Fries man has been charged with two counts of felony distribution of a schedule II drug (oxycontin) after a search warrant was executed on his home last Thursday.

    Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said members of his department, the Twin County Drug Task Force and Fries Police Chief Bobby Jones searched the residence of Daniel Frank Ferguson, 51, of 340 Grayson St. in Fries on July 30.

    Vaughan said numerous prescription medications and cash were seized from the residence, leading to Ferguson being charged with two counts of felony distribution.

  • Hillsville rescue reopening difficult

    HILLSVILLE — Mayor Bill Tate is getting impatient with the town's inability to relaunch the Hillsville Rescue Squad.

    Officials closed the town's rescue squad a few years ago after learning that a captain has used an ambulance to haul furniture from Marion to Hillsville, but last year town council members started a push to reopen the agency.

    That effort ran into a roadblock when Carroll County officials denied to issue a "certificate of need" for the rescue squad.

  • Public record for 7/29/09, 8/5/09 and 8/12/09 editions

    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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded June 10 – July 10 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Ballet Bound

    It was one of the most important events of Tino Sauter's life, and he was about to miss it.

    On Jan. 17, Tino, his dad Bob and brother Jaisen — all of Galax — headed to Charlotte, N.C., where the 15-year-old ballet dancer was to audition for the prestigious Joffrey Ballet of New York City.

    But when their car broke down a mile away from the audition venue and only a few minutes before he was to perform, Tino thought he would never make it.

    “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I was going to miss it,” he thought.

  • 'Flag lady' shows patriotic pride

    Katherine Stone was known as the “flag lady of Mount Dora.”

    That's the name people gave her when she lived in Florida, after many years of adorning her yard with thousands of American flags and her front porch with red, white and blue for Independence Day and any other patriotic holiday.

    Now, they've brought their tradition to their new home on Calhoun Street in downtown Galax.

  • Russell gives gift of life

    Guy Russell gave his first pint of blood 52 years ago, when his uncle suffered injuries from a car accident.

    Soon after, the Galax resident made a wonderful habit and legacy of donating blood.

    When Russell worked at a local factory, he recalls that his boss would come to each person and ask them to give blood for the American Red Cross — all on the company’s time.

  • Reigning Cats & Dogs

    It made perfect sense that this year's pet show at the Galax Public Library was dedicated to the late Dr. Don Fincher, a beloved Galax veterinarian who passed away last month.

    Fincher, as you'd expect, loved animals and caring for their well-being. He also loved books, making the site of the pet show the ideal venue.

    The critter competition was once an annual feature of the library's summer reading program, but it hadn't been held for a few years. Children's librarian Carlene Poole brought it back to coincide with the last summer program under her direction.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/13/09

    Nursing home staff praised

    I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know what good people are employed at Waddell Nursing Home and Rehab in Galax.

    Our mother and dad were both at Waddell for almost three years. While there, both received above-average care.

    All the nurses, CNAs and everyone involved went out of their way to provide the special care our parents required while they were at the nursing home.