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Today's News

  • Galax police warn of scams

    As times get tough, more people are applying for loans and grants via the Internet and mail, but a lack of research into unknown financial institutions has resulted in about 50 people in the area in the past year being scammed out of a combined $15,000 to $20,000, estimates Galax Police Sgt. Chris Brown, holding a folder of fraudulent letters, e-mails and checks.

  • Rescue squad hiring full-time workers

    INDEPENDENCE — In an effort to better serve its coverage area, the Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad will hire two full-time personnel.

    Squad Chief Robbie Wingate approached the Grayson Board of Supervisors March 12 asking for permission to do so, noting that the squad had begun billing insurance companies and expected that money to cover the costs.

    Wingate noted that the squad had various members who had served — and actually helped spearhead the creation of the squad — and other members who had 20-plus years of experience with the squad.

  • Embarq fights rural rate increase

    A disagreement about charges between two telecom companies could lead to higher phone charges for rural customers, one local legislator fears.

    Del. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) recently made his concerns known to the Virginia State Corporation Commission in a case in which Sprint has asked for a reduction in fees that it has to pay to connect long distance calls to rural customers through Embarq's network.

  • Public record for 3/4/09 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 Terri King at 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in November in the Carroll County General District Court office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Grayson approves Spirit Harbor request

    INDEPENDENCE — Five months of pleas and promises came down to three hours Thursday night, when the Grayson Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for the proposed recreational park known as Spirit Harbor in Mouth of Wilson.

    Supervisors rejected the county planning commission's recommendation that they not approve the permit.

  • Police bust another drug operation near school

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies say they have found another illegal drug operation near a county school and have charged a 59-year-old Gladeville community resident.

    Sheriff Warren Manning identified the man charged as Gregory Harris Combs, also known as "Radar."

    According to a press release, deputies served a search warrant at Combs' property near Gladeville Elementary on March 9, which Investigator Fred Bobbitt obtained after a month-long police investigation.

    As a result, the authorities say that Combs was charged with:

  • Fatality charges certified

    HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury indicted a 41-year-old Cana man on multiple charges Monday stemming from an October 2008 drunken driving accident that killed one and maimed two others.

    The wreck occurred when Stephen Edwin Towe, driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora, crossed the center line of Woodlawn Road and struck a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, according to a report by the Virginia State Police.

  • One-time fix may cause future budget hole

    HILLSVILLE — Federal and state stimulus package money could make up approximately two-thirds of Carroll County Public Schools' $1.34 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2009-2010, if educators are allowed to spend the one-time funds that way.

    Educators proceeded to plug the stimulus fund numbers into the proposed budget in order to minimize the impact of the slowing economy on Carroll County.

    They hope to save jobs and programs that way, said Superintendent Greg Smith at a budget public hearing Tuesday.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/23/09

    Listen to constituents' opinions

    Once again, we have in Grayson County a prime example of our county supervisors voting in opposition to the will of the people. See “Grayson approves Spirit Harbor request,” March 16.

    For the past 20 years, governments on every level have repeatedly and consistently voted contrary to the will of the majority of the people.

    This amounts to taxation without representation and disenfranchisement. Last time this happened, our forefathers fought a revolution over it. Think it won’t happen again? Think again!

  • Galax pounds Floyd for first win

    FLOYD -- Galax banged out 14 hits and broke into the win column in a big way Friday, rolling past Floyd County 13-3 in five innings in a nondistrict game.

    The Maroon Tide (1-1) scored four runs in each of the first two innings and coasted the rest of the way.

    Tyler Houk was 4-for-4 with four RBI and slugged a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning for the Maroon Tide. Jacob Woodel, Brock Cox and Eddie Hanks added two hits each.