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  • Public record for 9/30/09 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.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 20 – Sept. 9 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Letters to the Editor 9/7/09

    Parkway celebration to begin

    The Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate 75 years in September 2010.

    At the 50th anniversary celebration in 1985, more than 6,000 people attended festivities at Cumberland Knob near Galax.

    Parkway officials expect double that number for the 75th anniversary celebration to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center and Cumberland Knob on Sept. 10-11, 2010.

    A year-long schedule of events will lead up to the grand celebration in 2010, with the first occurring right here in Galax.

  • Dentistry program something to smile about

    HILLSVILLE — A big goal of the Regional Community Support Center is to maintain the smile on peoples' faces.

    The support center's base of operations at the Southwestern Virginia Training Center provides assistance to people from 17 counties with intellectual disabilities.

    The dental program has left a big impression on many, as clients travel from as far as Lee County for checkups, cleanings, extractions — basic dental services, said dental director Roger Kiser.

  • Safe stolen from VFW in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — A somewhat bumpy flea market for the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 was capped off by a theft of some of its proceeds, authorities are reporting.

    Officers from the Hillsville Police Department spent considerable time at the VFW post Tuesday investigating a break-in that occurred the night of Sept. 7, according to a press release from the police department.

  • Galax police: domestic dispute lead to stabbing

    The Galax Police Department is investigating the stabbing of a 22-year-old woman resulting from a domestic dispute.

    Police are trying to locate suspect Danielo Javier Mendoza, who fled the scene after stabbing the woman Friday morning.

    According to a police report, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 Block of South Main Street at 11:24 a.m. on Friday for a domestic dispute. Prior to the officers' arrival, a second call was received advising that a female had been stabbed.

    Witnesses reported that the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.

  • Fancy Gap lands $8 million for public utilities

    FANCY GAP — Carroll County reached a milestone Friday by landing more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to build the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects.

  • Vaughan-Bassett re-opens part of Elkin plant

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. will reopen a portion of its Elkin, N.C., factory and distribution center later this month, which will employ about 40 people by the end of September.

    The company plans to increase the Elkin plant's employment to about 50 by the end of November.

    Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett, said that the company's incoming orders are outpacing production at its Galax factory, making the expansion necessary.

    “We're pleased that our business is strong enough to warrant this move,” Bassett said.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/14/09

    Healthcare answers insufficient

    In rebuttal to the Aug. 21 story, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher did not sound skeptical of the government option for health care to my wife and I.

    We were at the meeting at New River Community College [that was referenced in the story] and we listened to his answers.

    The first person to ask a question wanted to know where was wording in the Constitution that would allow the national government to be involved in health care?

  • Hard Work Pays Off

    The just-announced public utilities for Fancy Gap took two things — a honking big hunk of $8 million in stimulus funds from the federal government and the persistence of the people.

    The everyday folks, who knew there was a need to promote development, asked for help. When the answer wasn't forthcoming, they asked again.

  • Grayson outlines trash fee appeal process

    INDEPENDENCE — Residents of Grayson County now have a chance to appeal their $3 weekly fee for trash collection if they feel they are exempt.

    Grayson Administrator Jonathan Sweet brought the process to the county supervisors during their regular meeting Sept. 10, and noted that several applications have already been submitted. Some appeals were accepted and others were not.