Today's News

  • Sports Shorts

    6-on-6 soccer tournament The 2010 JH Soccer Academy Six-A-Side tournament will be held March 6-7 at Carroll County High School. Divisions for Adult Open, 11U, 15U and 19U boys and girls. Entry fee is $120 before Feb. 19, $150 after. Teams guaranteed three 30-minute games. Maximum eight players per roster. For more information, e-mail harrismhh@comcast.net or visit www.jhsocceracademy.com.

  • 'Predator' to remain in custody

    HILLSVILLE — A 33-year-old Galax man has been named a "sexually violent predator" and must remain in the custody of the state for treatment, even after being released from prison — a first for the Carroll courts, officials say.

    John McLees of the state Attorney General's Office represented the commonwealth in seeking a civil commitment order against Author K. Smith, following criminal charges and penalties in Carroll Circuit Court.

  • City of Galax creating artists' residence

    A house on Oldtown Street behind Robert's Citgo, originally slated to be the Galax Visitors' Center, will instead become a part of the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' downtown campus, if approved by Galax City Council.

    At their Jan. 25 meeting, council members heard from Galax City Manager Keith Barker about plans to turn over the 107 W. Oldtown St. building to CCSA to be used as a residence for out-of-town class instructors or artists whose classes span more than one day, along with meeting rooms, offices and storage, as requested by Theresa Lazo, chair of CCSA.

  • Animal Rescue closing

    ELK CREEK — Five years ago, an animal rescue was born in Grayson County, driven by the philosophy that every life is precious and that kindness to animals helps build a better world for everyone.

    Earlier this week, the rescue was forced to close after costs associated with running it became too much for the director.

    Sue Cantrell and Laurie Merry started "Ear"resistible Animal Rescue to address the issues of animal abuse and overpopulation in Grayson and surrounding communities.

  • Utility project funded

    After receiving six bids, Galax City Council at its Jan. 18 meeting awarded a contract to Ramey Inc. of North Carolina to replace sewer lines on Shaw Street and Stanley Drive.

    Ramey placed a bid of $747,578.

    The project will include replacing more than 4,000 linear feet of existing 12- and 8-inch pipe that are decades old, replacing and installing 35 manholes and other miscellaneous work.

  • Grayson hires financial forecaster

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County leaders continue to implement changes to help safeguard the county during financial hard times.

    County Administrator Jonathan Sweet told The Gazette on Monday that the county entered into an agreement for financial services with the firm Robinson, Farmer, Cox to provide the county with a financial forecasting instrument.

    The instrument, he said, will be used for evaluation of financial health, budgeting, strategic planning, capital outlay and the appropriate setting of tax levies and fees.

  • Committee shoots down gun show background checks

    RICHMOND — A perennial effort in the Virginia General Assembly to close the so-called “gun-show loophole” was shot down in a House of Delegates subcommittee last week.

    The bill would have required prospective buyers to undergo an instant criminal background check before buying a firearm from a private seller at a gun show, like the annual Labor Day event in Hillsville.

    Such checks are now required only when the gun is being sold by a licensed dealer.

  • Business advisory council forms

    The origin of Carroll's Business Advisory Council stems from the fact that half of all new jobs come from successful local companies that grow and hire new workers.

    The advisory council — facilitated by Bernie Deck, Carroll's business development specialist — will work to create conditions that help local companies become successful and undergo such expansions.

    One way to do that is to assemble on a regular basis knowledgeable business representatives and have them brainstorm about opportunities, challenges and ways to address them.

  • Crisan sentenced in photo scandal

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

  • Public record for 2/10/10 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 more information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Dec. 5, 2009 - Jan. 8, 2010, in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence: