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Today's News

  • Trash fee figures don't match

    INDEPENDENCE — While a decision looms on whether Grayson County will impose a new $3 weekly garbage fee on all its residents, the Town of Independence approved its 2009-10 budget on June 16 without accounting for any increase in the amount it pays the county to collect trash.

    Independence pays the county $36,000 a year for trash collection inside the town limits, but Grayson supervisors are expected to approve a mandated fee of $3 a week that all county residents — including those in the town limits — would have to pay.

  • Search turns up drugs, guns, cash

    A search of a home at 204 Cross Ridge Lane in Galax has lead to three state charges being filed against a Galax man, Autreyhue Dane Davis.

    Police sought a search warrant for the residence, on the Carroll County side of Galax, for "any controlled substances, namely marijuana," according to records filed in the Carroll County Circuit Court.

  • Woman dies in fatal crash

    MOUTH OF WILSON — The Virginia State Police reports that a 20-year-old Grayson County woman was killed in a wreck on U.S. 58 near Mouth of Wilson on Thursday.

    State Trooper Jessie Tilson said he was called to the scene of a one-vehicle accident on U.S. 58, just west of Bear Branch Road, around 7:55 Thursday morning.

    Upon arrival, Tilson said the driver — Danielle Nicole Byrd of Independence — was found deceased.

    Tilson said Byrd's 2000 Chevy Trailblazer ran off the right side of the road and struck some trees.

  • Galax carnival a no-show

    The Galax Fire Department is trying to determine what happened to the company it contracted with to bring the annual July 4 week carnival — the volunteer organization's biggest annual fundraiser — to town.

    The event was set to begin tonight, Tuesday, and run through Saturday.

    The fire department on Tuesday was trying to get another carnival to set up in Galax's Felts Park.

    Tolve Amusements, of New Jersey, did not show up at the park and fire department officials have been unable to contact the company.

  • Hillsville talks vehicle decal fee change

    HILLSVILLE — The new Carroll County ordinance dealing with vehicle decals could have a monetary effect on Hillsville residents, requiring them to pay more in fees, the town council members discussed at their Monday meeting.

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors recently repealed a requirement for vehicles owned by county residents to display a decal on the windshield, though the citizens still have to pay the associated fee.

    Carroll's fee is $25 for cars and trucks, and the fee will be paid along with personal property taxes.

  • Carroll PSA debt totals $18.7 million

    HILLSVILLE — The federal government has provided Carroll County with a big chunk of funding to help pay for new water and sewer systems, and much of the money is in the form of low-interest loans.

    Ninth District Rep. Rick Boucher fixed the amount of recent federal funding coming to Carroll County at $11.5 million. Of that, more than half comes from loans.

    The money is for a variety of projects:

    • the regional effort to supply most Public Service Authority water systems from the New River at Austinville,

  • Public record for 7/8/09 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 May 26-June 10 in the office of Carolyn H. Honeycutt, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Flag Has Multiple Meanings

    When a young woman designed a dress bearing a rebel flag and wore it to the high school prom in Galax last month, it's doubtful that she expected the dance to last this long.

    But here we are, a month later, still waltzing in circles to a familiar refrain about the meaning and symbolism of the Confederate flag.

    Is it flown by those who wish to honor their ancestors for service and sacrifice to an ideal and standing up to federal authority?

    Is it a symbol of racial intolerance, flown by hate groups to intimidate and remind blacks of the days of slavery?

  • Honor them before it's too late

    These past two weeks — bookended by the dedication of a veterans' monument in Galax on Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II on June 6 — have reminded us all of the debt we owe the men and women of our armed forces, especially those who served in the second world war.

    More than six decades later, a great deal of the world is free due to the actions of World War II veterans.

  • Pharmacist arrested in dentist drug case

    INDEPENDENCE — Charges continue to surface in connection with a two-month drug investigation involving an Independence dentist.

    According to a search warrant filed in Grayson County General District Court last week, local pharmacist Nicholas Arduin, 31, of Independence, was charged with obtaining drugs by fraud, a class 6 felony.