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  • Horton appeal denied

    HILLSVILLE — The 14 cruelty to animal convictions against a Hillsville businessman in a puppy mill case have been upheld by a Virginia Appeals Court judge.

    This makes the second time a court has refused to overturn the 14 misdemeanor convictions against Lanzie Carroll Horton Jr. resulting from a trial in Carroll General District Court.

    Those animal cruelty charges, as well as the 25 animal neglect convictions that went uncontested in this appeal, stem from a national Humane Society and Virginia PAWS campaign to expose puppy mills in the state.

  • Grayson gives Elk Creek to firefighters

    INDEPENDENCE — To the pleasure of more than 30 Elk Creek Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department members in attendance, the Grayson Board of Supervisors last week approved transferring the old Elk Creek School property to the fire department — for free.

    Kevin Spurlin, representing the county's School Facilities Committee, wasted no time telling the board what the community wanted out of the building.

  • SOL scores on the rise in Carroll

    HILLSVILLE — Preliminary scores for eighth graders and end-of-course tests for high school students brought good news to the Carroll County School Board in February.

    The scores show some of the highest results ever achieved in Carroll schools since Standards of Learning tests began in 1998, according Beverly Parker, director of school improvement.

    "In this time of economic struggle... I am very pleased to bring these results to you tonight," she told the school board.

  • Hillsville submits stimulus ideas

    HILLSVILLE — Could the federal stimulus package finance more revitalization work downtown and across Hillsville?

    Town Manager Larry South added several entries to the Virginia stimulus database Web site and registered Hillsville with its federal counterpart, after being encouraged to do so by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Abingdon).

    Two suggestions for the funds, which are meant to create jobs through infrastructure projects, relate directly to the downtown area.

  • Carroll looks at new fire, rescue policies

    HILLSVILLE — Increased oversight of volunteers and volunteer agencies will likely result from two decisions made by the Carroll supervisors at the March 9 board meeting.

    The supervisors considered two policy recommendations from the Emergency Services Board that included suspending volunteers from service when accused of crimes and requiring each fire and rescue squad to have a financial audit.

  • Public record for 2/27/09 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 October in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

    Richard Allen Weatherman of Galax, guilty of slander and libel; pay $50 fine and $61 costs.

  • 'Spirit Harbor' opposition continues

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed 252-site senior recreation park in Mouth of Wilson tomorrow, Thursday — and more opposition continues to be heard.

    Brian Hyder is a landowner in the Fox Knob Community, and has property that adjoins Fox Knob Road for about four-tenths of a mile. He is one of many neighbors that are worried about the potential impact “Spirit Harbor” would have on the community.

  • Independence backs Spirit Harbor plan

    INDEPENDENCE — Town council members on Tuesday said a proposed Christian recreational park for seniors that could be constructed seven miles from the town limits would boost Independence's economy.

    "Spirit Harbor" managing member Joe Weddington described the controversial project during a town council meeting Tuesday.

    Several Grayson residents and neighbors to the proposed 148-acre park site have voiced opposition to the developers' plans.

  • 'Spirit Harbor' loses Round 1

    INDEPENDENCE — Developers hoping to bring a 252-site senior recreational park to Mouth of Wilson were knocked out in round one of the application process last week, when the Grayson County Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors deny a special use permit application.

    At the Feb. 17 meeting, developers brought the commission extensive plats, water and sewer details and road elevation surveys to answer any questions about the proposed 148-acre Spirit Harbor park off Fox Wood Lane near the New River.

  • VDOT to close Hillsville residency

    RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Transportation will lay off 450 hourly employees across the commonwealth next month as a first step in reducing staffing costs.

    Heidi Coy, VDOT spokeswoman for the Salem district that includes Carroll County, said the Hillsville residency is one of the 25 offices proposed to be cut.

    After the closing, the Martinsville VDOT office would oversee Carroll. Floyd County — now covered by the Hillsville residency — would be overseen by the Christiansburg office.