Local News

  • Public record for 12/30/09 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.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in May in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville:

    Daniel Alvin Lester of Austinville, guilty of operating without lights; pay $30 fine and $71 costs.

  • Property won't be assessed this year

    HILLSVILLE — Hoping that the real estate market will stabilize soon, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 7 voted to delay its required reassessment of property values for one year.

    For the second meeting in a row, County Administrator Gary Larrowe relayed a report from Assessor Janie Harrison, saying the elected officials needed to either seek a third party to do the reassessment or delay it from its four-year interval.

  • Race In plans evolve

    HILLSVILLE — Even as work proceeded on the new Race In, Hillsville Town Council approved some modifications to the facility.

    Owner Greg Crowder has mounted the expansion of the Marathon gas station and convenience store as a way to keep up his business traffic, despite the U.S. 58 bypass that's destined to divert drivers around the town.

    Plans have included building a bigger store, state-of-the-art gas pumps with video screens, doubling the employees and adding a fast food restaurant.

  • State: Grayson can afford to pay more

    INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County may not be alone when it comes to a decrease in state funding, but it didn't make the news any easier to swallow.

    Julie Bear, the school system's finance director, brought the bad news to the school board Monday night: the school system's composite index has risen nearly 22 percent, which means the state has calculated that Grayson County should be able to pay more towards the school system's budget than it has previously.

  • Man charged with providing alcohol to Hillsville teens

    HILLSVILLE —  A 54-year-old Hillsville man faces charges after police investigated a report of intoxicated juveniles Dec. 12, according to the town police.

    Officers responded to a call on Saturday evening and found two juveniles who appeared intoxicated, according to information from the Hillsville Police Department.

    While gathering information about what had happened, a parent called police to report two more children that had returned home intoxicated.

  • New school won't be too tardy

    INDEPENDENCE — Setbacks and weather delays will keep Grayson Highlands School from opening in the first week of January, but school administration is hoping to be ready by Jan. 18 to open the doors.

    Bill Ring, serving as clerk of the works for the new facility under construction in the western end of Grayson County, brought both good and bad news to the school board during its regular meeting Dec. 14.

    Ring began with the good — the building is taking shape and he expected carpet to be installed within the next week, essentially completing the building.

  • A Home for the Holidays

    For some staying at the homeless shelter in Galax, this will be the best Christmas they've had in a long time.

    Deborah Payne, director of the Hostel of the Good Shepherd, is making an effort to see that these residents have a blessed Christmas — and she is asking the community to help out.

    Nestled into a residential area in Galax, the hostel on West Center Street is starting to feel more like home for the residents, said Payne. Along with hope, that's the feeling she wants to give them this Christmas — a sense of belonging.

  • World War II soldier sought by historian

    Galax historian John Nunn is helping a French citizen find out more about a local soldier who was killed while liberating the man's village during World War II.

    Alban Bagy sent an e-mail to Nunn after Bagy found Nunn's Web site, ecommunitiesonline.com/galax, while searching for information.

    Nunn shared the e-mail with The Gazette in an effort to help Bagy learn more about PFC Dan J. Weatherman, who was killed in action in 1944 while fighting to take back a village from German control.

  • Fire destroys home

    Firefighters have not officially determined the origin, but they believe a wood stove could have caused a fire that destroyed a Carroll County family's home last Thursday.

    Carroll Emergency Services Director Joe Roma said the call came in at 10:39 a.m. at a home owned by Phil Reece.

    Fire was showing when firefighters arrived, Roma said.

    Hillsville Fire Department responded, with assistance from Carroll County EMS, Laurel Fork Fire Department and Laurel Fork Rescue. The Galax Fire Department was on standby at Hillsville's station.

  • Grayson considers IVFD sub-station

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will likely decide at its regular meeting in January whether to turn Bridle Creek Elementary School over to the Independence Volunteer Fire Department when the school closes next month.

    Kevin Spurlin, chair of the school facilities committee — a committee formed to recommend what to do with old school buildings once they close — brought a proposal to the supervisors earlier this month to turn the school over to IVFD for a sub-station.